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It might be just a tad early for Charter Communications to pop the champagne, but it can certainly have an intern fetch the bubbly in preparation of a celebration. The U.S. Department of Justice laid out settlement terms of an antitrust suit that would allow Charter to forge ahead with its proposed acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The Department of Justice attached several conditions to its settlement, the biggest being that Charter would not be allowed to enter into or enforce agreements that would make it more difficult for online video services like Netflix and Hulu... Read more...
Cable ISP customers aren't real keen on Comcast's broadband data caps and they're letting the Federal Communications Commission know about it in rising numbers. In the second half of 2015, there were 7,904 complaints about data caps, up from 863 complaints in the first half of the year. As of April in this year, the total was 1,463. Comcast, one of just two outfits to earn Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" title on more than one occasion (2010 and 2014), knows it needs to do a better job satisfying customers. That's why the ISP went on a hiring spree in March of last year, at the time noting... Read more...
Sometimes you wake up not feeling real confident in yourself or your abilities and it seems as though Google might have been in that sort of mood yesterday. Had you used Google's own Safe Browsing Tool on Tuesday morning to check Google.com, as one reddit user did, you'd have discovered Google reporting its search site as "partially dangerous." Google's tool combs through billions of URLs each day in search of unsafe websites that might be serving up malware. And each day it discovers thousands of new online land mines, "many of which are legitimate websites that have been compromised," Google... Read more...
In what's being described as a "game changer for the city of Boston," Verizon has agreed to lay some 800 miles of fiber optic cables for its high-speed FiOS service in Beantown. Once complete, the great people of Boston can expect faster downloads and lower prices due to the increased competition in the area. Verizon's decision to lay the groundwork for its FiOS service in Boston comes as quite a surprise after the company previously said it wouldn't happen. However, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft helped change Big Red's mind by having sit-downs over lunch with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh... Read more...
In the spirit of consumer privacy and security, Google is going to great effort to make surfing the web and using online services as safe and secure as possible. Encryption is key to that mission, and in its latest transparency report, Google revealed that over three-quarters (77 percent) of requests to its servers used encrypted connections. That's up from 52 percent at the end of 2013 and 65 percent around the same date a year ago, though that still leaves nearly a quarter (23 percent) of its traffic unencrypted. As Google is quick to point out, web encryption schemes like SSL or TLS help "protect... Read more...
As more and more people cut the cable cord, cable companies, media companies and content creators alike are scrambling to make sure that those who want access to their services have it. Over the past couple of years, we've seen many examples of companies dropping their cable TV exclusivity, with Dish being one of the most notable. Last February, the Dish released a $20/mo package through Sling TV, and without much of a delay, AMC jumped on board, and so did HBO. With that kind of content support, it's of little surprise that other big media and major carriers wants a bit of the online action as... Read more...
While millions of Internet users crave the idea of being able to subscribe to a service like Google Fiber, telecoms like AT&T want nothing more than to be able to squash those hopes. We can see a great example of this right now in Louisville, KY. Last month, a Louisville council voted 23-0 in favor of granting third-party access to utility poles. This allows companies like Google to mosey on in and give local residents a compelling reason to leave their existing Internet provider - such as AT&T. After the ordinance passed, councilman Bill Hollander backed up the successful vote by saying,... Read more...
If you own a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, you might want to take note of research conducted by Troy Hunt. More specifically, Hunt and fellow researcher Scott Helme were able to demonstrate that certain vehicle functions can be turned on and off remotely thanks to open and unauthenticated APIs that Nissan is using for its NissanConnect services. And this isn’t just some minor fault on the part of Nissan; it represents a spectacular failure of Nissan’s security protocols (or lack thereof) used in the NissanConnect EV app to connect with Leaf EVs via the Internet. “This API thing is just nuts. It's... Read more...
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...
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