Comcast working toward 10Gbps to your home

These days, when many of us are working from home, having great broadband isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. While I wouldn’t kill for Gigabit internet to my home, I’d consider maiming. Alas, I can’t get it. But, while I’m still worrying over that, Comcast is working toward delivering 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) to homes.

That sound you hear is me crying with longing. 

Comcast has achieved a 10Gbps technical milestone by delivering 1.25Gbps upload and download speeds over a live production network using Network Function Virtualization (NFV) combined with the latest Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) hardware. This is being done with DOCSIS 4. With this cutting-edge cable internet technology, you can expect to see up to 10Gbps speeds downstream and up to 6Gbps upstream capacity over a hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network.

In its first real-world test, to a home in Jacksonville, Fla., technicians achieved its

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75% of American Employees Say They Have Struggled with Anxiety Caused by COVID-19 and Other World Events While Working From Home

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, new survey reveals the state of employee wellness in workplaces country-wide

New survey findings indicate that 75% of U.S. employees have struggled at work due to anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent world events. TELUS International, a leading global customer experience and digital solutions provider, commissioned a survey of 1,000 Americans who have been working for their employers from home since March, and found that nearly 80% of respondents said they would consider quitting their current position for a job that focused more on employee mental health.

“It’s imperative in today’s climate that employers are aware of and consider the difficult truth that many individuals are experiencing mental and physical health issues since they began working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marilyn Tyfting, chief corporate officer of TELUS International. “Since March, we transitioned the majority of our almost

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PTO and poll working: Here’s what Election Day looks like for these tech employers

This election year has been unlike any other in American history.

With an ongoing pandemic, and while millions of people still work and attend school from home, options like mail-in voting, early voting and one-stop voting centers have popped up across the region. Election Day will likely be more like Election Week, New York Times’ opinion writer-at-large covering technology Charlie Warzel told us during a keynote at’s Developers Conference last week.

And similarly to how companies have had to figure out how to address these and other “big issues” this year, many have chosen to make voting and Election Day a part of their company’s policy.

Power Home Remodeling, which previously offered two hours of flex time to go vote on Election Day, this year rolled out a companywide campaign called “Power the Vote” in an effort to educate employees and encourage them to vote. The campaign also

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DoorDash rolls out a new corporate meal perk program, as Americans working from home mourn the loss of free food and office snacks

a group of people performing on a counter: Americans' work lunch routines have been severely disrupted by the pandemic. Sweetgreen

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Americans’ work lunch routines have been severely disrupted by the pandemic. Sweetgreen

  • DoorDash launched DoorDash for Work — a program that allows organization to offer employees meal benefits and perks.
  • Zoom, Charles Schwab, and Hulu are among the more than 5,000 organizations that have already signed up. 
  • Working from home has killed office snacks and lunches with coworkers, with 90% of people saying they miss at least one food-related benefit of the office, according to a DoorDash survey. 
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Working from home has destroyed Americans’ routines, killing lunch breaks and eliminating office snacks. Now, DoorDash is attempting to provide a solution. 

On Wednesday, DoorDash announced the launch of DoorDash for Work — a program that allows organizations to offer employees meal benefits and perks through the delivery service. More than 5,000 organizations have already signed up, including Zoom, Charles

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DoorDash adapts corporate delivery program for companies working from home

  • DoorDash is expanding its corporate delivery offerings to adapt to working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fear of spiking cases during the winter has pushed some companies to postpone their return to their office buildings until next spring.

text: Sign reading We Deliver on Doordash in a restaurant setting, San Ramon, California, April 17, 2020.

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Sign reading We Deliver on Doordash in a restaurant setting, San Ramon, California, April 17, 2020.

DoorDash on Wednesday said it is expanding its corporate delivery offerings as the coronavirus pandemic keeps many office buildings empty.


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Its subscription program DashPass will include corporate members, giving employees unlimited free delivery and reduced service fees. Companies can also offer meal credits to their employees to expense meals deliverd by DoorDash or its subsidiary Caviar. Group ordering capability and employee gift cards are also part of the delivery company’s corporate business, now available to employees working remotely.

DoorDash said that more than 4,000 businesses have already signed on to

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How to Keep Your Employees Healthy While They’re Working From Home

At first, everybody was fine working remotely, says Melissa Afterman, an ergonomics consultant and environmental health and safety specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. But after about three months, she says, “I started getting a lot of phone calls.”

Since Covid-19 sent droves of office workers home, doctors and workplace safety experts have called attention to the risk of work-related injuries and health problems, from back pain to tooth fractures. Even as many remote employees have settled into a routine, it was only a matter of time before months of hunching over laptops–combined with the stress of living through a pandemic–started to take a toll on their health.

Forty-one percent of Americans have had new or increased back, neck, or shoulder pain since they began working from home, according to a survey commissioned by insurance company Chubb in May and June. And in a separate June survey of

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Can Working From Your Vacation Home Lower Your State Taxes?

During the Coronavirus pandemic, many workers, especially those living in cities, have adapted quite well to working from home – sometimes an out-of-state second home. For most, working from home is temporary. For others, as they reflect on their new reality, perhaps not. Over the past few months, we’ve been getting questions from clients asking how to change their state residency to that of a lower taxed state, the state of their second home. Quoting the frequent answer to the question of “status” from online social media: “it’s complicated.”

A few years ago, following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which eliminated or severely capped the itemized deduction for state and local taxes, I had many client discussions on the requirements for changing one’s residency to a state with lower taxation. Now, as back then, the short answer is the same — one can change

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11 tips for juggling kids and working from home as COVID-19 continues

  • With no end in sight for the pandemic, parents won’t be able to rely on short-term survival tactics to balance work and childcare. 
  • Splitting up your day into short segments and designating specific time slots for parenting or work can help you manage various duties without getting overwhelmed. 
  • Remember, you’re not alone — every parent is struggling right now, so focus on what you can accomplish and ask for extra help when you need it. 
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For many families, the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic were all about stopgap measures and short-term fixes. One day, it was business as usual, and the next, going to work and attending school or daycare in person were no longer safe. Back in the early days, simply surviving from March to the end of the school year was a feat all its own — so parents

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Who’s Still Working at Home? You, Probably

(Bloomberg Opinion) — In May, Census Bureau survey-takers started asking Americans if they were working at home because of the coronavirus, and 35.4% of employed persons said yes.(2) That percentage dropped in subsequent months, but as data released as part of Friday’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate, it hasn’t been dropping by all that much lately.

chart: Still a Lot of Workers at Home

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Still a Lot of Workers at Home

This does not include those who were already working from home before the pandemic. Estimates of the size of this group range from the 5.7% of U.S. workers who said they worked at home when the Census Bureau asked them about commuting patterns in 2019 to the upwards of 20% who have reported working at home at least some of the time in recent years in two BLS surveys. Yet another survey, conducted in April, found that 14.6% of employed persons

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Working from home means more trust from leaders, says tech exec

LONDON — When the coronavirus pandemic closed workplaces earlier this year, businesses effectively went from having one or more locations to having as many offices as they did employees, as staff worked from home.

For software company Splunk, this effectively meant going from 35 offices to more than 6,000 “overnight,” according to the firm’s Chief Technical Adviser James Hodge. Having so many people working at home has meant a more trusting style of leadership is necessary, Hodge told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday.

“The first few months (of the pandemic) were incredibly challenging, I think a lot of us ended up working incredibly long hours. If I just take Splunk as an example, we’ve spent a long time communicating with our employees, understanding what the impact’s like,” Hodge described.

“There’s been some brilliant parts about it to give people flexibility, but … on the other side, we do need

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