Mobile web browsing has been steadily growing since 2009, while the desktop’s share of web traffic has steadily decreased. In October, the two crossed over, with global mobile and tablet browsing accounting for 51.3% versus the desktop’s 48.7%, according to the latest data from web analytics firm StatCounter.

Source: Mobile web browsing overtakes desktop for the first time | The Guardian

The internet must be fast, fair and open. That is the message I’ve heard from consumers and innovators across this nation. That is the principle that has enabled the internet to become an unprecedented platform for innovation and human expression. And that is the lesson I learned heading a tech startup at the dawn of the internet age. The proposal I present to the commission will ensure the internet remains open, now and in the future, for all Americans.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality | WIRED

Copyblogger calls this practice digital sharecropping, and it works in a similar fashion to the the feudal system, where the landlords reap the rewards, and the peasants do all the work.

We don’t know which empires will stand strong in the future. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn change their terms and conditions on a regular basis, and as tenants, we don’t know what they have in store for us.

Why you should consider investing in digital real estate – The Next Web

A 2012 report from the New America Foundation found that residents of major American cities pay more money for slower Internet service than their counterparts in major cities around the world. Case in point: in Hong Kong, roughly $35 gets you access to a fiber-optics network with 500 Mbps download speed; in New York or Washington, it gets you a cable network at 25 Mbps.

Why the US should build a national internet system – Quartz

CISPA, the controversial cybersecurity bill passed by the House last week, appears to be dead in the Senate. It’s deja vu all over again for the measure, which would authorize private companies to share your email, texts and other personal information with federal agencies without a warrant or other privacy protections. Last year, CISPA also cleared the House but foundered in the Senate.

CISPA, The Privacy-Threatening Cyberspying Bill, Is Dead In The Senate – ReadWrite.

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“Internet access in America remains relatively slow – particularly when it comes to upload speeds, the very feature necessary for cloud computing and creating user-generated content. Cable companies dominate wired internet access and face no real competition or pricing pressure; telcos like Verizon and AT&T have retreated to wireless, which will never be a full substitute for wired capacity; and we still have no plan for a nation-wide upgrade to fiber.”

Read more: It's Time to Fix the Pitifully Slow, Expensive Internet Access in the U.S. | Wired.com.

Meet the Novatel MiFi Liberate: the first mobile access point with a touchscreen, letting you configure it without connecting it to a computer.

If you’re not familiar with mobile access points, these handy gadgets allow you to hook up to the Internet via cellular networks. It’s useful, often essential, if you’re in an area that has no Wi-Fi. If you’re in range of a cellular tower, this MiFi Liberate lets you and up to 10 others get online using any Wi-Fi capable devices.

Read more: MiFi With Touchscreen is a Road Warrior’s Dream