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FCC votes to follow Open Internet Order

March 11, 2015 at 5:17 am 0 comments

When thinking about what rights the first amendment protects, the fundamentals of expression come to mind: freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly are all explicitly outlined in the Bill of Rights’ first clause. Since the passage of the Constitution, there have been countless innovations in society, changing the landscape encountered by individuals on a daily basis. Out of these many innovations, the one that has opened the most venues of opportunity is doubtlessly the Internet: in seconds, an email can be sent halfway around the world, spreading information and ideas at a rate that was barely imaginable to the last generation. With many grandparents struggling to understand the Internet, the likelihood that the framers of the Constitution could have ever dreamed up something of the Internet’s magnitude is inconceivable. Despite the lack of foresight on the part of the founding fathers, the freedom of speech has been extended toRead More

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Campus-wide improvements made over the summer

October 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm 0 comments

Over this past summer, Saint Vincent underwent campus-wide renovations by the Facility Management Office, while the Information Technology department upgraded technology for student use. A basketball court was also constructed near Saint Benedict Hall. Several sets of steps were removed and replaced around campus. FMO replaced six sets in front of Rooney Hall and two sets behind it, one set leading up to parking lot Q and another set outside of Bonaventure Hall. FMO also repaired broken concrete and installed a new railing leading from Saint Benedict Hall to the baseball field. The steps in front of Wimmer Hall were also patched up. Skyline Drive, the path from Lot A up toward Alfred Hall, had new concrete and new lighting measures installed to improve safety, and new crosswalks were painted in front of the chapel. These improvements were all funded through capital expenses. The steam line from the Carey CenterRead More

DISCUSSION BREWS OVER PROPOSED COMCAST/TIME WARNER MERGER

February 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm 0 comments

On February 13, 2012, Comcast agreed to buy out Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States. While the merger has not yet been submitted or approved by the Federal Communications Commission, if it is approved Comcast will add 11 million new subscribers to their current 22 million customers and Comcast will effectively control a third of all cable subscribers in the United States. The Comcast merger will increase Comcast’s reach into new cities that were previously controlled by Time Warner and build a customer base that can compete against Verizon and Dish. Worries of the merger creating a monopoly has been a prime concern of market analyzers, and since both companies control cable, phone, Internet and content creators such as HBO, Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Entertainment, the merger promises to have short term and long-lastingRead More

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TARGET CYBER-THEFT UNDER INVESTIGATION

February 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm 0 comments

“We truly value our relationship with you, our guests, and know this incident had a significant impact on you,” reads a message displayed on the Target website. It goes on, “We are sorry. We remain focused on addressing your questions and concerns.” The message also assures that no social security numbers were compromised. This message was prompted by a series of cybercrimes that compromised Target customers’ credit card information. While Target was the largest hit, the hackers also infiltrated other companies, including some major hotel chains. It is still unclear how far the breach extended. The Washington Post reported that a Target executive told Congress that they were still unsure how to protect customers from these threats. Anti-virus software can do little to prevent this, or even to detect it. It was the government which originally discovered the issue. Many news sources have reported that the hacker at fault is fromRead More

NET NEUTRALITY CHALLENGED

February 4, 2014 at 2:14 am 0 comments

A federal circuit court striking down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rule January 14 means more than just higher Netflix bills. The ruling’s defeat means Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are no longer held by net neutrality, which means they are no longer forced to treat all Internet traffic the same. Instead, ISPs like Comcast and Verizon are free to offer different prices for Internet access. High bandwidth sites like Netflix or other streaming media websites could be restricted or only offered at a higher price from ISPs, like cable companies offer HBO or Starz at a higher price. ISPs now have the chance to control what their users have access to and how long they have access to it, so long as they disclose what they are doing to their users. Additionally, ISPs can now decide how bandwidth is allocated between clients. Legally, there is nothing stopping Verizon fromRead More