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How do you deliver broadband Internet access to areas that are off the beaten path, both stateside and abroad? Google may have found that answer to that question by staring into space. According to several reports, the Mountain View firm is planning to spend anywhere from $1 billion to $3 billion shooting low-altitude satellites into space. The initiative is being spearheaded by Greg Wyler, founder of satellite broadband trunking provider O3b Networks, and is backed by Google, which is a shareholder in the company. Along with a few other strategic partners, they've created an company referred to... Read more...
There's a lot of funny business taking place on the web's back end these days. Just ask Netflix, the popular streaming video service, which reluctantly inked a mulit-year agreement with Comcast to ensure that its video would be delivered to Comcast's subscribers without a speed degradation. Prior to inking the deal, Comcast subscribers would complain of long buffers, poor quality video, and dropouts. Is your ISP playing hardball like Comcast? There's a way you can find out. "Starting today, if you’re in the U.S., you can use the Google Video Quality Report to see the level of video quality... Read more...
Is the FCC trolling ISPs (on our behalf)? The agency is considering raising the standard minimum speed for what is considered “high-speed Internet”, which would potentially force ISPs to work faster to roll out better service to more areas. Currently, broadband Internet speed is defined as 4Mbps, but according to an anonymous FCC official that spoke to the Washington Post, the FCC might bump that number up to 10Mbps or even 25Mbps. 4Mbps is nothing; you can’t even stream Netflix in HD at that speed, and forget about having a second user gobbling up bandwidth. The new definitions... Read more...
Back in 2011, the FCC put forth a plan that would convert some of the subsidies that bring telephone service to rural areas to Internet access. The idea is simple: Years ago, it was decided that rural areas needed the same access to current communications technology that more populated areas enjoy. Back then it was telephone service, and now it’s Internet access. A court has approved the FCC’s plan, which had been challenged extensively by various phone companies who were concerned about losing subsidies, reports the NYT. However, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the challenges... Read more...
If you thought Comcast wouldn't try to defend its "Worst Company in America" designation as voted by Consumerists' readers last month, think again. The broadband company holding the Golden Poo award has gone on record saying it wants to move to a usage-based billing model similar to how the wireless industry works within the next five years. "People who use more should pay more and people who use less should pay less," Comcast executive vice president David Cohen said at an investor event in New York City this week. Comcast has already been testing this in some areas. The way it's currently constructed... Read more...
Sprint prides itself on offering "data without limits" and "truly unlimited data," which are a pair of taglines you may have seen the company use when advertising its $79.99/month unlimited plan. Go ahead and put on your umpire cap because you may want to call foul once you learn that Sprint intends to throttle data speeds for subscribers who take advantage of the service the most. In an FAQ on Sprint's website, the carrier explains that if you fall within the top 5 percent of data users, you'll be subject to throttling, or "network prioritization," as the company calls it. "The heaviest data users... Read more...
If you've been dreaming about 1Gbps Internet service, hang tight, it may be headed to your location. However, it might not be Google or AT&T that delivers it, but Cox Communications, the third largest cable company in the U.S. Cox chief Pat Esser went on record saying his company plans to roll out 1Gbps Internet service before the end of the year. It's worth noting that Cox already offers 1Gbps service to some of its commercial clients, so in some areas, the infrastructure is already in place. Now Cox wants to expand its reach into residential homes, especially as Google Fiber gains steam.... Read more...
The lucky residents of San Antonio in the great state of Texas will probably be next to have access to Google's uber-fast fiber-optic network. As part of a long-term contract, Google will lay down 40 "fiber huts," which are 12-foot by 26-foot communications shelters that contain the infrastructure for Google's fiber-optic gigabit Internet. "What we've seen in other communities in which Google Fiber has moved in is that it lowers the cost of Internet access for everyday consumers," said San Antonio mayor Julián Castro said. "And that's a great thing in a place like San Antonio, where we do... Read more...
If you think most Americans are too uneducated about technology to know a scam when they see it, think again. As the world of data caps have crushed the spirits of many home Internet users, Time Warner Cable had been experimenting with a pricing scheme that would lower bills of its broadband customers in exchange for even lower data caps. The deal was as such: those who would agree to a 30GB monthly data cap (as opposed to well over 200GB in a usual plan) would receive a $5 discount per month. All told, that's a $60 savings per year, but even those offered weren't enticed. At the Deutsche Bank... Read more...
The United States of America is home to many great things, with widespread Internet access typically counted among them. But if you've been paying attention, just having access isn't the token that it used to be, and by and large, the USA has stagnated in terms of Internet innovation. Based off of results from a recent Ookla Speedtest study, the USA is quickly falling behind in terms of globally-ranked Internet speeds. Presently, the United States ranks 31st in average download rates and a woeful 42nd on the upload side. That's pitiful, no matter how you slice it. The USA now ranks behind Hungary,... Read more...
In Amazing Fantasy #15, an epiphany occurs to Peter Parker after his Uncle Ben is murdered. He learns that "with great power there must also come great responsibility," an altered version of which is later attributed to Ben himself. Regardless of its origin or where you may have first heard the quote, the sentiment applies to all facets of life, not just that of super heroes, and in a way it's being applied by Mozilla in Chattanooga and Kansas City. The browser maker just launched the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, a project in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NS) and US Ignite... Read more...
Two events in the telecommunications and cable world this week have highlighted why, exactly, we need net neutrality and stronger protections for consumer rights. First, on the cable side of the business, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Comcast have collectively introduced a bill into the Kansas legislature that prevents any city from rolling out any broadband infrastructure unless said area is completely cut off from the grid. Critically, the bill also claims that a municipality is "providing a video, telecommunications or broadband service" if it works through intermediaries,... Read more...
There’s really no other way to say it: BT and Alcatel-Lucent claim that they’ve reached Internet speeds of 1.4Tbps over an existing fiber connection. To be clear, that terabits, not gigabits; we’ve covered a good amount of news related to the latter lately because almost nobody has access to those kinds of speeds as it is. So, yes, terabit Internet speeds. The companies conducted this field trial in the UK, using a fiber link between the BT Tower in London and the company’s Adastral Park research facility in Suffolk. The underlying technology is a flexible grid infrastructure... Read more...
Lucky residents living in nine Mississippi cities are now able to pre-register for C-Spire's upcoming 1Gbps fiber-to-home Internet service. It's supposedly the nation's first and only statewide roll out of 1Gbps broadband, which translates into Internet access that's up to 100 times faster than the national average broadband speeds for residents in each of the nine selected cities. Specifically, the 1Gbps service is blazing a trail through Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattlesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland, and Starkville. Those who pre-register must make a $10 refundable deposit and... Read more...
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