Daily Tech Roundup: Computer Literacy, Bank Phones, And Broadband Fight : All Tech Considered Capt. Benjamin Tutton fights computer illiteracy in Afghanistan, broadband causes debate, and banks mail phones to delinquent customers.
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Daily Tech Roundup: Computer Literacy, Bank Phones, And Broadband Fight

Capt. Benjamin Tutton served in Afghanistan, where his greatest victories weren’t against the Taliban. They were against computer illiteracy.

Two narratives have emerged in the debate over broadband access, and both sides are armed with numbers that are likely to confuse. For example: 95% of Americans live in areas covered by broadband, but only 63% have it in their homes. With numbers like these, it's easy to pick the ones that suit your purpose.

At the beginning of the “The Matrix,” Morpheus mails Neo a cell phone to get his attention. Banks are doing the same thing to get a hold of customers who are behind on mortgage payments.