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Let the confetti fly, Comcast has served up a 1Gbps Internet connection to a single home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Okay, maybe that isn't cause for balloons and streamers, though it's a notable achievement because the connection is the first to use a DOCSIS 3.1 modem on a customer-facing network. The significant of using a DOCSIS 3.1 modem in a customer's home is that it paves the way for 1Gbps Internet on Comcast's existing network infrastructure. It's not like competing 1Gbps (and higher) broadband roll outs that require extensive network upgrades -- all Comcast needed in this case was a... Read more...
New York is a crowded place, but that's no excuse for ISPs to deliver under performing broadband service. To prevent that from happening, the state's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is asking the public to visit a special website designed to test their Internet speed as part of an ongoing investigation. The Attorney General's probe currently targets three ISPs, including Verizon, Cable Vision, and Time Warner Cable. Schneiderman sent all three a letter asking for various details, such as any speed tests the companies have run on their own and any disclosures they've sent to customers about... Read more...
The hacking group known as Anonymous wants your help in fighting back against ISIS, though not by taking up guns or through illegal cyber activities against the terrorist organization. Instead, Anonymous is calling on all web users to post mocking photos of ISIS and generally just poking fun at the terrorist group today, a day that Anonymous has declared "Troll ISIS Day." Anonymous posted several tips on how to troll ISIS in an online post to Ghostbin. The hacking group is asking for anyone and everyone to post their shenanigans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and in the real world, if... Read more...
AT&T announces plans to expand the availability of its blazing fast GigaPower fiber Internet service to homes, apartments, and businesses in parts of 38 additional metro areas across the United States. Once completed, AT&T's GigaPower service will boast coverage of at least 56 metro areas, the company said. The expansion is notable in part because AT&T essentially threatened to take its ball and go home when the FCC was proposing net neutrality rules. If you set the DeLorean for around this time last year, you'll catch AT&T saying the FCC's insistence on reclassifying broadband... Read more...
Having access to what the U.K. considers "fast broadband" is about to become a legal right, not a luxury, once Prime Minister introduces what's called a "universal service obligation." It would give residents the legal right to request affordable broadband service with speeds of no less than 10Mbps. The legislation would essentially put broadband access on the same level of water and electricity, both of which are considered basic services. It would also ensure that location isn't a factor -- all residents, no matter where they live in the U.K., would have access to 10Mbps (or faster) Internet... Read more...
Over the past week, we’ve detailed Comcast’s continued efforts to spread data caps to more of its markets in the United States. Starting December 1st, nine additional markets in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Virginia, will be hit with 300GB monthly data caps. But of course, these same customers have the option of opting for unlimited data, but they will have to pay an additional $35 per month. The assumption was that Comcast was making this move because of “data hogs” that were slowing the network down for others — you know, “The needs of the man outweigh the needs of the few.”... Read more...
Given the proliferation of online video streaming, you could say that it's taking quite some time for cable companies to "get with it" and begin offering us their wares online. It's no secret that the number of cord-cutters is steadily increasing, and it's no wonder why: services like Netflix have made it easy to watch content online in very good quality, and through a number of different devices. Well, it seems like Time Warner is going to be one of the first out the door with an online version of its cable TV service, and at first, it's just going to be using New York City as the testing ground.... Read more...
We've been hearing about Google's ambitious "Project Loon" for a couple of years, and given the lack mention of a definitive launch, it's left some wondering if it would in fact become a reality. Well, a major update has just been posted to the project's official Google+ page, proving that sometimes, it's not wise to jump to conclusions. At some point next year, Project Loon is going to be launching a bunch of balloons that will hover over Indonesia. Indonesia is a country that comprises many islands, and so it'd be an extremely difficult thing to roll out hard cable across them all to ensure that... Read more...
Someday people will look back and wonder how we ever managed to navigate the Internet at anything less than 1Gbps. To that future generation, sub-1Gbps downloads (and uploads) will look as pedestrian as dial-up does to us today. We're not there yet, but Google is determined to make that future a reality by continually expanding its fiber-optic network. It's only available in a handful of locations, though Google is always exploring new places to infiltrate. Three that it thinks show promise just received an invite to start looking into things to see if Google Fiber would be a good fit. They include... Read more...
American military and intelligence officials have raised concerns over Russian submarines and spy ships located near key undersea cables that carry Internet traffic. The fear is that Russians may be planning to sever the fiber-optic cables at some point, and if they do that, it wouldn't be easy to repair them.It's not unusual for undersea cables to be cut, though it's rarely malicious. In most cases, cuts are caused by anchors being dragged on the sea floor or simply by natural disasters, according to a 2012 study by Michael Sechrist, a former product manager for a Harvard-M.I.T. research project.... Read more...
People living in New York may not be getting the broadband speeds they're paying for. To find out, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has sent out letters to three different Internet Service Providers requesting disclosures each one has made to consumers, along with copies of any internal tests they've run to study their speeds. "New Yorkers deserve the Internet speeds they pay for. But, as it turns out, many of us may be paying for one thing, and getting another," Schneiderman said in a statement. Schneiderman is concentrating his efforts on three ISPs at the moment. They include Verizon... Read more...
When Google released its Fiber Internet service five years ago, it was quite something to behold. While most of us were dealing with modest broadband speeds (or worse), the big G was offering Internet speeds that could max out our home routers. At 1Gbps, Google was allowing people to both download and upload up to a theoretical 125MB/s, which is what most hard drives will peak at. It's still impressive. Not long after Google began hitting some cities with gigabit Internet, we began to see a number of other companies follow suit. Unfortunately, almost all of these are ISPs that focus on a certain... Read more...
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Google loves speed. This is a reality website owners know all too well. Sometimes it can feel like a constant battle making sure the big G is happy, both with regards to how fast pages load, and how it wants you to check all of the right Web design boxes. It's for these reasons that it's no surprise that the company has just rolled out a new project that aims to make the Web even faster. At least on mobile. The AMP Project, or Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, comes to fruition a mere week after Google officially became a subsidiary, and it could prove... Read more...
Facebook has partnered with Eutelsat Communications to provide broadband Internet access to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is the area of the continent that lies south of the Sahara desert. As part of the initiative, the two companies inked a multi-year agreement with Spacecom to beam broadband service from the forthcoming AMOS-6 satellite. Spacecom will also build a dedicated system comprising of satellite capacity, gateways, and terminals. In doing so, Facebook and Eutelsat will have the resources necessary to bring data connectivity to "the many users deprived of the economic and social... Read more...
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