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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...
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...
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...
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...
Comcast earlier this summer announced that some of its Xfinity customers living in the Northeast would see a bump in their broadband Internet speeds at no additional cost, and we can confirm that to be true. As promised, Comcast turned the dial from 105Mbps to 150Mbps at our headquarters in Massachusetts. "We continue to increase our speeds because we know faster Internet and Wi-Fi means you can do more, enjoy more and move along with your day with a bit more ease. So, go ahead – reboot your modem to enjoy your new Blast! Internet with downstream speeds up to 150Mbps," Comcast stated in an email... Read more...
Data caps are the bane of any active broadband Internet subscriber, and let's face it, the arbitrary limitation is mostly hogwash. You know it, we know it, and heck, even Comcast knows it. But if that's the case, then why does Comcast impose a 300GB per month data cap on its Internet service? That's a good question -- so good that it stumped one of Comcast's higher ups.Jason Livingood is the Vice President of Internet Service for Comcast. He's also a Twitter user, and when asked on the microblogging service about the data caps, Livingood gave a refreshingly honest answer, one that strongly suggests... Read more...
Facebook is on a mission to bring Internet connectivity to remote regions of the world as part of its Internet.org initiative. There are different ways to do that, though one of the more technological interesting ones is the creation of a full scale aircraft armed with a laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. Not only is that ten times faster than any previous system, it's also highly accurate -- it can connect with a point the size of a dime from over 10 miles away. That's important, because the aircraft, called Aquila, would be flying above conventional air traffic for up to... Read more...
It's official -- AT&T is now the proud owner of DirecTV, making it the largest pay TV provider in the U.S. and the world. The $49 billion acquisition bumps AT&T's customer base in the U.S. to 26 million, along with 19 million customers in Latin America, including Mexico and the Caribbean. It also makes AT&T and mega-force in the sports world. DirecTV enjoyed exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, an add-on that allows customers to watch every out-of-market NFL game on their TVs, mobile devices, and PCs. As a DirecTV subscriber myself and displaced Boston sports fan, NFL Sunday Ticket... Read more...
Suits from AT&T and business representatives from Durham, North Carolina are high-fiving each other today as AT&T gets ready to cut the ribbon on its ultra-fast GigaPower fiber Internet service in the area. Today's rollout will cover the Bull City and Durham Country, providing residents with access to broadband Internet service of up to 1Gbps.That's more than a 100 times faster than standard cable Internet speeds in the area, and just as important, AT&T has beaten Google the punch in North Carolina. That gives AT&T time to grab as many customers as it can before there's more competition,... Read more...
Usually when we hear of Internet cables being cut, it's due to curious (or hungry) sea creatures or ships accidentally severing them in the ocean. That's not the case in San Francisco. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently looking into ongoing physical attacks on bundles of high-capacity Internet cables, the latest of which took place on Tuesday.Apparently this has been going on for a year and includes at least 11 malicious incidents. Federal agents confirmed to USA Today that the Tuesday attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and residential customers in Sacramento and surrounding... Read more...
Comcast customers in select parts of Colorado and Oregon are about to have bragging rights over Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower subscribers. That's because Comcast has begun rolling out its crazy-fast Gigabit Pro service to residents living in the metro Denver area and Colorado Springs, with plans of also serving parts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.Gigabit Pro is a symmetrical 2Gbps service (upload and download) that's delivered through Comcast's fiber network. It requires the installation of professional grade equipment, and residents have to live within close proximity to the network.... Read more...
Move over Google, and step aside AT&T, because here comes Cox with residential 1-gigabit Internet service of its own. Called G1GABLAST (Gigablast from here on out), the 1Gbps Internet service is now available in parts of Phoenix, Arizona; Orange County, California; Omaha, Nebraska; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultra high-speed Internet isn't anything new to Cox -- it's been offering business customers multi-gigabit options for over a decade. However, there's been a recent movement to bring 1Gbps service to home consumers, as both Google (Google Fiber) and AT&T (U-verse with AT&T GigaPower)... Read more...
As expected would happen, AT&T along with several other telecoms and cable companies have reportedly filed a stay request to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act, a piece of legislation that's over 80 years old.The FCC made the ruling back in February, and by reclassifying broadband as a public utility, the government arm gave itself power to implement net neutrality rules. At the same time, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler made it clear that the fear mongering over implementing dated... Read more...
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