Karma’s pocketable mobile hotspot is already used by 100,000 people looking for connectivity on the go. But Karma wants its mobile broadband service to become its customer’s primary source of internet access.
Fon hopes to expand beyond its residential hotspots into coffee shops, retail stores and dentist offices across the world. It’s launching a new beta program and Fonera router for businesses starting today.
While most of FreedomPop’s customers pay nothing each month, using its 500 MB free plan, more than 40 percent are paying subscribers.
NetZero’s 200 MB free monthly plan will soon be available all over the country (though only at 3G speeds) thanks to new wholesale network deals with Verizon and Sprint.
MVNO Karma is trying to seed its social broadband mesh network throughout New York, so it’s starting with food trucks. Thirty mobile restaurants are now offering free Karma Wi-Fi.
Brett Glass, a longtime reader, shared his experiences about his wireless Internet service in Laramie, Wyo., in a lunch talk at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. It’s a great story. You can watch or download it from the Berkman Center’s web site.
The Senate today passed its version of the economic stimulus plan, which allocates $7 billion for broadband grants and offers tax credits for certain types of deployments in rural areas. The next step is for the Senate and House to reconcile their respective versions of the bills with an eye toward passing the stimulus before the end of the month.
However, in interviews with two different types of rural ISPs — each of which serve a constituency that the broadband portion of these bills are trying to address — both expressed uncertainty over how much the stimulus package will do for rural broadband. Read More about How the Stimulus Package Fails Rural Broadband