Category Archives: Browsers

Beautify Gmail With ‘Custom Background Image Themes’

Google engineers always work hard to give users a personalized experience for its services. Now Gmail users can use and change themes, colors and background images of their inbox or they can create themes completely themself. You can choose one from more than 40 predefined themes. Some of the themes are location based, which changes their design as per weather conditions of that region. You can set your location (country and city) by using the link below themes gallery. Continue reading

The Future of Broadband Internet

Most consumers believe the United States is a world leader when it comes to broadband Internet. This simply isn’t the case, and many countries are moving ahead of the U.S even now. The current advancements in American broadband are driven by the private sector, and although not leading the charge globally America isn’t dragging last. Currently over two hundred million consumers have access to broadband Internet in the United States up from eight million in 2000. That’s an incredible advance in a short time, but to remain competitive globally the U.S. needs more.

Like the push towards rural electrification in 1936, there are ways the government can get involved and help expand broadband without adversely affecting the market or wasting exorbitant amounts of money. The aforementioned initiative used easy to get federal loans to help the private sector grow out the non-existent electrical grid. Considering many of the companies involved in 1936 are still in business, and all of America has access to electricity, the program was a success.

The FCC Gets Involved

In 2009 the FCC was tasked by Congress to grow the broadband market, and was given specific areas to address. The new U.S. broadband initiative was to maximize:

Private sector investment
Educational use
Public safety
Health care value
Job creation
Jog training
Energy independence
Consumer welfare
Clearly this is no small affair. What began as a concern over anti-trust and dwindling spectrum became a huge undertaking that involved some of the most important facets of society. It should be no surprise that an undertaking of this magnitude is taking a while to get right. And it needs to be stated that incredibly fast nationwide broadband is useless without the availability of devices to use the Internet. So now the FCC must consider how to make the service and the hardware affordable. This is getting tricky.

Many would argue that given the current growth of the broadband Internet market the government shouldn’t get involved. There is some value to this line of thought; however there is a lot of good that could be done as well. Billions of dollars could be saved in healthcare alone with better data management. Include in this an improved education system at a lower price and increased energy independence via a broadband controlled Smart Grid and it becomes a little clearer that the government needs to be involved. All of the above issues would require that certain laws and standards be changed before significant improvement could be made. And if these few issues could actually be tackled the broadband project becomes a great deal more meaningful and important.

In the current initiative the FCC plans on getting involved in standards and law reform as well as policy changes.

Law Reform

The United States government is not only in a great position to help the broadband initiative along, it may be necessary. Public education, public safety, and the energy industry are all heavily regulated already so any significant advances in these areas would require some government involvement. Add to this the fact that the single largest healthcare payor in the country is the government it becomes clear that the areas of concern in this initiative are already under the prevue of the government. Continue reading