published Saturday, October 15th, 2011

More in state get broadband Web

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More in state get broadband Web

Nearly two-thirds of Tennessee adults have access to broadband service at home, including half of low-income households with children, a new survey released Friday shows. Connected Tennessee, a coalition working to promote more and faster Internet access, said 64 percent of the state’s adults have broadband access for high-speed Internet links.

A survey of 1,200 Tennessee households showed that 50 percent of low-income families with children subscribe to some broadband service, up from 17 percent in 2007 when the group was launched.

Microsoft-Skype deal closes

SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. and Skype announced Friday that the software giant’s acquisition of the Internet phone company has closed.

Skype now becomes a division in Microsoft. Skype CEO Tony Bates assumes the title of president of the Skype division, and will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Skype is expected to support Microsoft devices including the Xbox, Kinect, Windows Phone and other Windows devices, and Microsoft will integrate Skype with its services such as Lync, Outlook and Xbox Live.

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