MobileMe Vanishes, Community Broadband Questioned, and What All This Means to You

Mobile and broadband technology may be as important to entrepreneurship as the Internet itself, but the future of both seems in a state of flux. Here are some of the major news items and issues shaping both of these technologies and how your business may be affected.

The Times, They Are a Changin’

Vanishing in an iCloud of smoke. As of Sunday evening, MobileMe, a cloud storage and syncing service debuted by Apple in 2008, was no more. If you haven’t heard yet, the service has been replaced by iCloud, but for those seeking a stable way to store important data and share between devices while on the go, it may be time to consider your options. MacWorld

Walmart won’t stand still on mobile. The retail giant is introducing a new pre-paid MiFi service starting at $10 for 100 MB with no expiration. Though the new service, called Internet on the Go, is promoted as being for “casual users,” it can provide a WiFi experience using multiple devices and offer automatic online refills. Engadget

Mobile Tech

Gadgets to go. From mobile power to smartwatches and other wristband tech, mobile gear is exploding with many possible applications. As business moves out of the office, increasing your productivity and flexibility, these devices can go along with you to improve your effectiveness in transit. The Next Web

Mobile and Privacy

Location, location, location. Besides access on the go, mobile companies also offer a wealth of potential marketing information. These companies collect and hold onto location data about customers sometimes for years, and provide it to outside companies, whether privacy advocates like it or not. ProPublica

Privacy as product. As an aside to the discussion about the amount of personal data now collected by mobile and other tech companies, one entrepreneur suggests some small businesses might consider using protection of customer information as a unique selling proposition. Solo Small Business

A More Accessible Web

Broadband opportunities not so broad. South Carolina has become the latest state in the US to pass legislation making it difficult, if not impossible, to create publicly owned Internet providers. While some insist providing cheaper, more accessible public Internet isn’t the role of government, others say it would benefit many including small businesses. Ars Technica

Access equals growth. From California to Australia, communities are seeing the connection between adequate broadband and economic growth. Riverside, CA received the 2012 Intelligent Community award for establishing a municipal broadband system, while Australia’s Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy was named the Intelligent Community Forum’s Visionary of the Year. ComputerWorld

Business Access Equals Success

Slow and expensive. In an effort to advance broadband and the economic prosperity it can bring here in the US, the White House recently announced “US Ignite,” but critics say the plan falls short of addressing the real problem—slow and expensive connectivity in the “last mile” that connects the Internet to homes and some small businesses. PC Mag

Leveling the field. On a recent visit to South Africa, Stephen Carter, executive vice president of global telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent, suggested a broadband policy is second only to a nation’s economic policy in terms of the prosperity it can bring. Carter suggests good access evens the playing field for all. Think about how your business benefits from such access. BusinessTech

Call To Action

Mission possible. Take a look at the story of Pagosa Springs, CO. The town council has recently embarked on a mission to provide municipal broadband to the rural community. The town’s experience is an important example of how these communities are working to improve access for their citizens and businesses, creating better economic opportunities in the process. Pagosa Sun

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 16 years. A professional journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional media and online media, he attended Waynesburg University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has held roles of reporter, editor and publisher, having founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press.

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