Comcast Xfinity expanding data cap. Is your internet provider next?

Rob Pegoraro, Special to USA TODAY
Published 6:58 p.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020 | Updated 7:00 p.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020

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If you’re a Comcast customer, the internet may soon feel less wide-open.

On Tuesday, the nation’s largest internet provider announced that, starting Jan. 1, it would extend its 1.2 terabyte data cap to previously-exempt service areas – meaning once you hit that limit, you’ll have to pay more to use more. 

After a three-month grace period, this move will leave residential subscribers in 14 states from West Virginia to Maine, plus the District of Columbia, facing surcharges of up to $100 for exceeding that limit.

“We’re aligning our Northeast markets with the data plan that the rest of the country has had for several years, and 95 percent of our customers are not impacted by it even with the increased usage during the pandemic,” spokesman Joel Shadle said

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Accelerating Mini-Grids In Myanmar And Expanding Energy Access To Villagers

Only 50% of households in Myanmar, one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, are connected to the public grid. Five years ago, the government set a goal of electrifying 100% of the country by 2030.

With that in mind, in June, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, together with Smart Power Myanmar and supported by Chevron with a $250,000 grant, launched a pilot program to work with early and growth stage mini-grid developers expanding access to energy in rural and off-grid communities. 

Called the Mini-Grid Accelerator, the five-month program recently wrapped up with 13 entrepreneurs.

Mini-grids combine generation assets with distribution grids able to supply off-grid power to villages or townships. Typically mini-grids have generation capacity between 10 kW to a few hundred kW, although some larger mini-grids supply power to entire townships in Myanmar. 

For Miller, the program combines two areas of focus—women’s economic empowerment and

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Extreme Networks to Train 50,000 New Cloud Networking Engineers for Advanced Careers in The Expanding Digital Economy

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXTR), a cloud-driven networking company, announced a new initiative to help anyone, anywhere looking to join or retrain in the technology industry: Extreme Academy Live. The eight-week training course will stream live for FREE starting December 3, teaching students the fundamentals of networking technology, wireless communication, and the Internet. Extreme Academy Live is accessible to all, giving students the opportunity to receive an industry certification and providing a valuable foundation for an exciting new career.


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Extreme also announced colleges and universities around the world, including Barnsley College, The Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Gannon University, and the Santarém School of Management and Technology, as well as IT solution partners Netjer Networks and STEP CG, are now offering the Extreme Academy curriculum for technology-based careers via traditional and virtual training programs.

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Miami’s Design District is expanding west — and turning old buildings inside out

The western edge of Miami’s ritzy Design District is being turned inside out — literally — to create a new wing for the luxury shopping and design neighborhood.

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The Market at Miami Design District, a joint venture between the New York-based Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance and the Miami retail leasing and development firm The Comras Company of Florida, will take 16 existing commercial properties spanning nearly a full city block and convert them into an open-air marketplace, with paseos and corridors carved out of the existing structures and storefronts on multiple sides of the buildings to give the area the feel of a village.

“The idea is to do something a little more elevated than Wynwood, but not with the luxury vibe of the Design District,” said Michael Comras, president and CEO of The Comras Company, who is overseeing the leasing and redesign of the area. “I

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