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Is there any way a neighborhood can accelerate the process of getting fiber installed?

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Whether a member of the Ting team or the mayor of a Ting town, we put your questions in front of smart people.

If transparency was a color, it would be our favorite. It’s also why we enjoy answering questions from our customers.

For instance, Humphrey Lui from Charlottesville asks, “Is there any way a neighborhood can accelerate the process of getting fiber installed?”

Adam Eisner, VP of Internet, explains that while Ting is making great strides in getting all of downtown Charlottesville set up for crazy fast fiber Internet, areas around the city will take a little more work due to HOA’s and other factors.

That said, Monica Webb, Ting Internet’s Government Relations, says the best way to get your neighborhood noticed is by pre-ordering at ting.com/internet.

So now might be the time to start a grassroots movement for crazy fast fiber Internet.

How do the changes to net neutrality affect MVNOs like Ting?

Ask an Exec is back!

A little over a month ago, we asked our Facebook community to leave a burning question for the Ting executive team. After selecting some of the best comments, we put Ting CEO Elliot Noss on the hot seat to respond!

The first question of our brand new batch comes from Enoch L, who wonders how the changes to net neutrality will affect MVNOs like Ting.

A Month with the Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus is the best phone you can get for $300.

There, I said it, and certainly not just because the Moto G5 Plus is available in the Ting shop.

I liked the Moto G5 Plus when I first clapped eyes on the still images. The tech specs, materials and build quality seemed on point (confirmed). Rare but very welcome features like expandable storage were present and accounted for.

Anticipation grew as we learned more about the phone leading up to the launch.

Speaking of which, Moto took a very different approach to launching the Moto G5 Plus; it went to the smaller carriers rather than the big ones. It took the phone to carriers like Ting, who’d appreciate the value proposition rather than big guys who might lament the relatively small price and thin margins.

Unboxing the Moto G5 Plus

We received a Moto G5 Plus in advance of the launch and gave it our unboxing treatment below.

What can gigabit Internet do for your city?

Ting Internet has been proudly sponsoring Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Founders Festival since we first arrived in town. This year, our CEO Elliot Noss, was invited to speak on a panel discussing what fiber Internet can do for a city. Joining him is Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, the city to watch for how the best Internet access improves cities; Sheila Dugan of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University and Aimee Meacham of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The panel discussion was moderated by Deb Socia of Next Century Cities.

It’s a lively discussion that covers everything from public/private partnerships to over-the-air Internet.

Apologies for the audio quality. This panel discussion took place in a room where a loud air conditioner was competing for everyone’s attention. We eliminated the noise as much as we could.

This was not our first time speaking with Deb Socia. Check out our interview with her from two years ago at the fiber lighting ceremony in Westminster, MD.

Browse reddit on your phone without using mobile data

Reddit Offlinereddit offline lets you browse reddit on your smartphone without having to consume mobile data.

You can schedule Reddit Offline to automatically download content when you have Wi-Fi access, so you can browse your favorite subreddits without having to connect to the Internet. Pictures, gifs, imgur albums, text posts and comments can all be saved in the subreddits of your choosing.

Keep in mind that the app stores all this content on your device, so if you find yourself running out of space, make sure to clear the cache inside the Settings menu.

Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more about this awesome Android app!

 

If you’re looking for more ways to save on cellular data usage, here’s how you can do more with your smartphone without paying more for data.

Bitmoji: App of the Week

Bitmoji app

Today’s featured app brings the next generation of emoticons.

Bitmoji (the company behind the popular Bitstrips comics) has spiced up emoji’s and made them more about you.

Coined “Your Avatar Emoji,” Bitmoji creates a personalized and expressive cartoon version of yourself that becomes the star across a massive library of reactions, statements and expressions, complete with all the internet memes and pop culture references you can handle.

Bitmoji can be easily added to popular messaging apps on both Android and iOS and shared on social apps like Facebook and Twitter. You can even show off your stickers to friends who haven’t yet installed the app!

Learn more about this creative app add-on in Kyra’s review below.

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