All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Broadband’

Comcast Brings High-Speed Fiber Network to City It Sued for Trying to Build Its Own

Comcast is rolling into Chattanooga, Tennessee with the biggest if you can’t beat em, join em play you’ve seen in quite a while. Why Chattanooga, you might ask? In 2008, Comcast sued the city’s Electric Power Board (EPB) to block the municipality from creating its own fiber network. Comcast eventually lost that battle, and Chattanooga went ahead with creating its …

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FCC: Broadband Internet Must Hit 25Mbps, or ISPs Can’t Call It Broadband

If your ISP doesn’t provide download speeds of 25Mbps, it can no longer tell you you’re getting broadband internet. The Federal Communications Commission has just voted to change the definition of “broadband”, raising the minimum download speed from 4Mbps to 25Mbps and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps. “We are never satisfied with the status quo. We want …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Rankings

Netflix just released its new ISP Speed Index data for the month of June. This time, they’ve added icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP. “This should make it easier to compare Netflix performance on different types of networks,” says Netflix’s Anne Marie Squeo. As usual, Cablevision, Cox, and Suddenlink …

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AT&T Officially Buying DirecTV For Nearly $50 Billion

After weeks of rumor and speculation, AT&T has officially announced that it will acquire DirecTV in a stock-and-cash transaction for $95 per share based on AT&T’s Friday closing price, putting it at $48.5 billion. The deal will still face regulator approval, but it has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies. It will be reviewed by …

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Downton Abbey: Christmas Special Trailer Has Arrived [Video]

Downton Abbey has become quite a hit for many people around the world, and the British hit continues to delight its fans. While the show originally airs in the U.K., it has become very popular in the United States as well. Unfortunately for Americans however, the U.K. has already been able to see what happens in the fourth season, while …

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U.S. Broadband Speeds Finally Seen Rising

For the past few years, broadband access in the U.S. has been a horror show. Average broadband speeds have remained largely the same as cable companies, which have regional monopolies in many parts of the country, have raised prices and in some cases started capping plans with tiers of data. Today some hope has come for those stuck with poor …

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Latest State Of The Internet Report Shows An Increase In Global Internet Speed

Every quarter, Akamai puts out a report called “The State of the Internet.” By utilizing the Akamai Intelligent Platform, it’s able to look at a number of metrics, including global average Internet speeds, attack traffic and browser popularity. It’s an excellent look at just how much Internet access and speeds have improved over the last three months. In its latest …

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Congresswoman Proposes Broadband Internet Subsidies For Low-Income Families

For years, it was essential that every family had a phone line. The U.S. government started the Lifeline program to help impoverished families afford this essential communication tool. Now the Internet has overwhelmingly replaced traditional phone lines, but the Lifeline program hasn’t adapted to this reality. One Congresswoman is hoping to change that. Ars Technica reports that Rep. Doris Matsui …

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FCC Report Shows ISPs Are Mostly Delivering What You Pay For

Once a year, with no specific schedule in mind, the FCC offers up a report on broadband quality in America. It’s part of the Commission’s National Broadband Plan that seeks to study broadband growth in the U.S. and ways to expand cheap, fast Internet across the country. This month’s report shows that ISPs haven’t really improved much since the last …

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For $850K, This Company Will Bring Broadband Wi-Fi To Rural America

The Internet is universally important to all Americans, and that’s especially true to rural Americans who are denied access to broadband Internet. The ISPs say it will cost too much to extend service to backroad homes and hard to reach areas in mountainous regions, but one company thinks all of that is a bunch of bollocks. GlobalWirelessPOD is a startup …

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AT&T to Spend $14 Billion Expanding Broadband Networks

AT&T today announced that it will invest $14 billion over the next three years to “expand and enhance” its wireless and wireline broadband networks. The company is calling its investment plan “Project Velocity IP” (VIP), and claims that the expansion will increase revenues on what it sees as high-potential growth platforms. “This is a major commitment to invest in 21st …

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Dish Network Launches Satellite Broadband In October

Dish Network made waves at CES when they announced that they would be entering the broadband business. The company’s market penetration, especially in rural areas that don’t have access to broadband, puts them in a great position to become of the nation’s largest ISPs. Dish Network announced that they’re finally bringing satellite broadband to their customers on October 1. It’s …

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