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Choosing The Best Broadband Plans: The Do’s and Don’t’s

In this digital generation that we live in, the internet is already part of our daily needs. Who would not want to have an everyday access to the internet? There are a lot of broadband packages waiting for you. You just need to select the best plan that will satisfy your demands. Do you know the factors that you need to consider in order to achieve the most suitable type of broadband plan for you? Let’s break down the number of ways to identify your options.

Identify What kind of Web User You Are

Are you the type who uses the internet all day long? Or maybe, you are a user who only use the internet to send emails as well as update his or her social media accounts? Let me enumerate common kinds of lifestyle that will define what kind of customer you are.

Basic Broadband Plan – Your typical usage are checking personal emails, browsing new trends of clothes, some movie and internet downloads or some catching up to your favorite tv series. If you would only connect one to two devices in your internet in a day-to-day basis while doing these activities, then this deal is good for you.

Medium-sized Broadband Plan – If you mostly use the internet for downloading files, watching movies, streaming music and videos, video conferencing or online gaming with a household that has multiple devices (laptops, tablets, phones) that would like to connect to the internet, then your love for entertainment fits to this deal.

Large Broadband Plan – If you belong to a big family or you own a small to medium business whose activities include a lot of sending and receiving large files, do a lot of searching, use social media sites simultaneously, online gaming or rely on cloud-based applications, then you got several people who use the internet at the same time. You might want to regard this as your preferred deal.

Refuse Inessential Offers to Your Bundle

Majority of broadband deals are at best in a combined or bundled packages. Most of them provide both a landline with an internet connection for home use. They will propose an attractive initial offers to you. After some time they will give some more special offers that they say are sensible to incorporate with your current bundle or package. Politely reject the additional offers that are purposeless. And don’t forget, if you acquire them, you also accept additional charges.

Do prioritize speed with stability

When getting a broadband plan our foremost concern is the speed of the internet. Yes, you must take into account of it as one of the most important aspect of web browsing, but it will never be enough without stability.

Let’s say that your daily activities are speed-dependent, like online gaming, downloading, video chatting or conferencing etc. I suggest you refer to high-speed plans such as ADSL2+ plans. They’re the most widely used broadband service which offers variety of bundle deals you can choose from.

Whether you are a casual web browser or the type of user who depend on the internet because of having a business online, the quality of your internet connection should also be put first. Stability of your connection can affect your progression in any kind of activity that you are engaged to.

Avoid Unpopular Broadband Companies in the Market

I do not intend to degrade the low-profile internet companies. What I want to convey is to not let yourself settle for less when you can have the best. In numerous surveys, the unsystematic broadband plans usually come from companies that are publicly unfamiliar in the industry. Therefore, it is advisable that you stick with some of the top known broadband companies for being reliable. In this way, you may enjoy an excellent customer service and be satisfied in your everyday internet usage.

Why Should We Ensure Net Neutrality in Cyber World?

Introduction

Till a few days ago, there has not been a single case reported on the discrimination or differential charging on the service given out to different people. Hence, the cyber space in India was reflecting the working of true democracy. On a fine day, then suddenly came the report on telecom operators like AirTel and Vodofone charging extra levy on voice calls from its networks using some of the common communication applications like WhatsApp, Skype, etc. Only these telecom operators charged for their services. All other service providers remained net neutral. What came as the surprise to the people was the way Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) formulated certain rules. These newly coined rules clearly aim to help certain telecom operators in India. If implemented in the current form, it would lead to the selective serving of contents in the cyber world.

Net Neutrality

There is an unwritten rule that people using cyber resources have followed to assure equal opportunities for all, irrespective of origin, caste or financial status. This principle states that the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Government agencies should treat all the data on the Internet equally without charging or discriminating people based on users, sites, contents, platforms, types of equipment or applications. This term was first coined by Columbia University Professor Tim Wu. He formed this principle to augment the common belief that Internet is a common carrier that binds everybody in this world.

Issue of Net Neutrality

The whole issue of net neutrality came out in the public domain when mobile operators like AirTel and Vodofone tried to charge their subscribers who started to use calling apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, etc. to contact people using their Internet network. To milk the existing customers, these telecom operators started to levy extra charges on calls made. As expected, there was a hue and cry from people who wanted to keep this medium free of such distortions. Everything seemed to have died down for a while. Again the issue started cropping up when the TRAI released a formal consultation paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services. Through this paper, the telecom ombudsman sought to get suggestions from the public. The analysts in the field tried to highlight the one-sided approach taken by the ombudsman through this consultative paper. They also highlighted the confusing statements that could in future be misinterpreted by the telecom operators to fleece the ordinary citizens in the cyber world. This would lead in the long run to the killing of creativity and the airing of independent views in the cyber world. If the power is given to the telecom operators, they can selectively offer services to people, favouring somebody who pays for them.

Widespread Condemnations

This consultative paper drew condemnation from all around the country. This time around even the politicians joined hands with hapless citizens in condemning the telecom ombudsman for bringing out with such a vague and watered down the paper on Regulatory Framework for OTT. They alleged that the TRAI is trying to help some telecom operators who have started levying additional cost on VOIP services given through their network. To channel the call data into a funnel, they even made separate data packages. This forced the netizens to speak out openly against this move in the social media network. Adding to the fire, the TRAI Chairman told the media that there was no rule in our country to dissuade the telecom operators from charging for the call through the Internet. Instead of framing the rule to assure the net neutrality, the TRAI Chairman tried to take sides with the telecom operators like AirTel and Vodofone. This is the time for all of us to come in unison to fight for our rights and freedom in the cyber world.

Net neutrality issues refuse to die down as more and more people are getting aware of the after effects of certain legislation being brought by Government agencies benefiting a few telecom service providers. This would kill the creativity and spontaneity in views aired in the social media. The article precisely discusses the issue for the benefit of readers.

The Impacts of Internet Television and Radio Among Young People in Nigeria

There is a growing communication mix with the advent of the internet in Nigeria through online television and radio. More and more young people are beginning to follow television and radio via the internet because of its interactive nature.

News and lifestyle gist are followed more on the internet by teenagers than in main stream media, in spite of the fact that the nation accounts of several television and FM radio stations. The social media has made it easier for people to watch videos through Facebook, and YouTube. Several millions of people around the world have been reached through online television and radio platforms.

The fact is that young people are attracted to online television and radio because they are a computer savvy generation. More so because social interactions have moved to space. The internet gives them the opportunity to connect with like minds with little or no restrictions.

Interestingly, agenda setting is being tailored through internet communication, from music to entertainment. Live and real-time updates has made the internet a place to be for many artists, musicians and media analysts. An internet television and radio presenter, Mr. Barry Nwibira of AKPO’s online TV/Radio said that his station enjoys a massive followership from young people, that the future is here with the internet. He stated that the programme he currently anchors ‘Campus Matters’ is trending among the youth population. The response was the same for online Television Nijiezie and Kemdrex TV.

Many of the traditional television and FM radio stations are beginning to explore the internet to reach out to their followers, in order not to be left behind in an ever-changing world.

However, the high cost of data and internet service disruption is still a challenge to the full utilization of the internet as a medium of television and radio communication in Nigeria.

It is hoped that with the attraction of more investment in the information and communication sector in Nigeria, the online television and radio would witnessed a massive change.

The advantages of internet communication are so numerous, considering the multiplier effects it would have in agriculture, commerce, education, science and technology, sports and entertainment. More frontiers of development would be opened as many start-ups by young people would be facilitated through the online television and radio communication. A major fall out of this change would be the integration of economies of developing nations like Nigeria through Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

All that is required now, is that Government and other critical stakeholders put plan to action.

How to Protect Your Families From the Radioactive WiFi Routers

Currently, there are different ways to build a home network. And almost most families would connect an extra WiFi router even if they already have a wired internet so that they can use their mobile devices anywhere in the house. To do this, you need to not only properly install and configure the WiFi router, but also pay attention to the radiation that the device may cause. As we all known, the radiation always does harm to the central nervous system of the human brain. So, what should you do to minimize the harmful radiation and protect your families’ health?

How Harmful the Radiation from WiFi Routers Is

As already mentioned above, radiation from the WiFi router does have some irritant effect on the central nervous system of the human brain. It is manifested in fatigue, irritability, headaches and insomnia, which arise as a result of oversized electromagnetic background. The radiation frequency is at 2.4 GHz, which approximately equals to the frequency of the microwave oven, but still a few thousand times less.

4 Tips for Minimize the Radiation and Protect Your Families’ Health

Firstly, if the Internet is not used when you are at home, the WiFi router should be disconnected to the power supply. Sleeping next to the activated access point is not recommended, let alone working at a very close distance from it.

Secondly, if WiFi is on the phone, it should either be included as appropriate or not to keep constantly beside it. Especially, you and your families had better not sleep with the included source signal by placing the phone on the next pillow. As for the fixed WiFi router, it is desirable to be placed in the middle of the apartment. You should try to choose a place which is the most distant from the places your families most often stay at.

Thirdly, you can adjust the transmission power of the routers. it is not necessary to put on the most powerful level to get the best signal. An average signal level would be enough for your routine use.

Finally, you can use a box to insulate the radiation from the WiFi router. The anti-radiation WiFi modem antenna boxes can absorb the electromagnetic radiation and then convert it into heat energy consume, which would not cause the second pollution. They reduce the radiation by up to 94.4%, and would not affect the signal negatively.

Category6 Cables or Cat6 Cables – The Perfect Choice for Your Networking Needs

Nowadays where there is a lot of networking going on, and almost all the big businesses are connected through networking. It is also becoming very important that you must choose the right Ethernet networking cable for your network because if on a big networks where there is a lot of computers and devices connected to the networks then there is a huge role of Ethernet cables and they got to be extremely quick and supportive hence eliminating any disturbance which can occur during the work. To solve this issue, with the expanding of networks the networking cables is also becoming more advanced and reliable to support the systems. One of the latest and most advanced Ethernet wires are Category6 or Cat6 cables which are considered to be the excellent choice for the most recent networking needs. This article will be focused on cat6 cables and their specs and uses which are described below.

CAt6 wires:

Cat6 cables are considered to be the best choice for the networking installation because its primary feature is that it supports Gigabyte Ethernet which is quite superior as compared to the old cat5 wire or cat5e wires. Cat6 cables support a great speed of 10GBps over 33 to 35 meters and recommended frequency up to 250 MHz and 22 to 24 to AWG wire gauge in the conductor. This wire was a real success for the networking needs but there were still some issues which was rising such as in larger networks where long length cables were needed it was not providing the desired results like the speed of the cable was reducing with the longer distances therefore there was a need for some better performance cable, so another version of cat6 cables was announced namely Cat6A cable which was definitely superior as compared to cat6 cord. Some of the updated specs of cat6a cables are discussed below.

Cat6A cables:

CAT6A cable is one of the latest Ethernet networking cables after the CAT6cables, and it is one of the most reliable and fastest Ethernet networking cables today. Cat6A wires are quite widely used in most of the networking these days because it supports 10Gbps Ethernet up to 100 meters which are very advanced as compared to Cat6 cable’s 33 to 35 meters and also it has supported frequency of 500MHz ideal for your installations. Another most important factor of cat6a wire is that they are shielded twisted pair cables which are relatively high-class as compared to Unshielded Twisted pair cables.