11:51 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Startup brings broadband to rural Kent County

Here on Current State we have devoted a lot of air time to people and groups looking to encourage small business startups in Michigan. Current State’s Melissa Benmark has the story of the founder of a small West Michigan startup, and his thoughts on how it became successful.

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11:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Spartahack-ers use computer skills for good, not evil

Spartahack is this weekend at MSU.

Say the word “hack” or “hacker” and the impression you create is likely a negative one. Organizers of Spartahack are quick to point out their hacking event is about building and creating websites, apps, anything that’s connected to the digital world. It takes place beginning this Friday evening here at Michigan State University. Spartahack is expected to attract about 300 participants.

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12:11 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Is social media making us meaner?

Rex LaMore (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit April Van Buren/WKAR

Online comment sections are rarely friendly places, especially if they have anything to do with politics. What starts as a debate quickly devolves into name calling and personal attacks. So, what is it about the Internet that seems to bring out our rudeness, and is it possible for online spaces to foster collaboration or civic engagement instead of bickering? Those are some of the topics being discussed at an upcoming forum hosted by MSU’s Center for Community and Economic Development.

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Science & Technology
12:56 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

In wake of FCC ruling, MSU researchers launch net neutrality study

MSU Professors Steve Wildman (center) and Johannes Bauer (right) with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission enacted historic new rules governing broadband technology. The FCC moved to reclassify internet service providers under Title Two of the Telecommunications Act, an 80-year-old law originally written to regulate telephone companies. Democrats hailed the decision as a victory for open access to the Internet, and a means to prevent so-called “fast lanes” for those who could afford to pay for quicker service. Some Republicans criticized the move as increased government control over the Internet.

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Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Net neutrality debate: Will the way we use the internet change?

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There has been a lot of recent buzz around the idea of net neutrality and how it will affect people’s everyday use of the internet. Net neutrality is the debate over free use of the internet and has been going on for several years now.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Net neutrality ruling could alter online landscape

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A federal appeals court recently ruled that internet service providers can give preference to some content and even block it if they choose. The “net neutrality” case has received a great deal of attention since the ruling.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Michigan State students at forefront of online magazine publishing

Journalism students have developed a periodical for web as many magazines switch from print to online.
Credit courtesy / MSU J-School

MSU Journalism students have produced an online-only magazine called Glyph. As publications like Newsweek move to eliminate print editions, these students are learning what it takes to succeed in online journalism.

A senior-level class has published this new magazine for the iPad. Two editions of Glyph are available at no charge in Apple’s app store.

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3:02 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Prima Civitas Launches Ultra-High Speed Internet Effort

WKAR file photo

An East Lansing-based economic development agency is coordinating an effort to spread the use of ultra-high speed internet in the area. 

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