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Google Takes Fiber To Public Housing

Google Takes Fiber To Public Housing

Google announced that it will bring gigabit Internet service to residents in all public housing properties that it connects with Google Fiber. This is launching with the Housing Authority of Kansas City at West Bluff. This is the first property to get gigabit Internet as a part of the program and wires 100 homes with Fiber. Families that live there …

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Study Finds A Fifth of Americans Are ‘Almost Constantly’ Online

Study Finds A Fifth of Americans Are ‘Almost Constantly’ Online

Over one-fifth (21%) of Americans are “almost constantly” online, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. This is, of course, largely thanks to the increased prevalence of smartphones and other mobile devices. 73% say they go online on a daily basis, and 42% say they do several times a day. 10% do so about once a day. 13% …

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Google Is Launching a Huge Test of Its Project Loon Internet Balloons

Google Is Launching a Huge Test of Its Project Loon Internet Balloons

Google’s planning a large test of its internet balloons – in Indonesia. Internet connectivity is rough in Indonesia, a 17,000+ island chain. Google is partnering up with telecoms Indosat, Telkomsel, and XL Axiata to provide service to the under-connected region. “In Indonesia today, only about 1 out of every 3 people are connected to the web, and most of their …

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Google Fiber Likely Headed to Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, and Tampa

Google Fiber Likely Headed to Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, and Tampa

Google Fiber may be coming to Oklahoma City, OK, Jacksonville, FL and Tampa, FL. The three cities have been invited “to explore bringing Google Fiber to their communities”. Last month, Google sent the same invite to Louisville, KY, Irvine, CA, and San Diego, CA. “These growing tech-hubs have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business growth. Their list …

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Global Internet Freedom Still on the Decline

Global Internet Freedom Still on the Decline

The world’s internet is not as free as it was last year, or the year before that, or the year before that, according to independent watchdog organization Freedom House. In its just-published Freedom on the Net 2015 report, which looked at internet freedom in 65 countries, global freedom is on the decline for the fifth year in a row. Freedom …

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Internet Providers Probed Over Broadband Speeds

Internet Providers Probed Over Broadband Speeds

Are you really getting the internet speed you think you’re getting? Three internet service providers – Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable – have received a letter from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asking them to provide any and all documents they have on “disclosures they have made to customers, as well as copies of any testing they may …

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Facebook Slows Staff’s Internet So They Know What 2G Browsing Feels Like

Facebook Slows Staff’s Internet So They Know What 2G Browsing Feels Like

Many of Facebook’s more than 1.5 billion users aren’t browsing Facebook with the same lightning fast (heh) speed as you are. In many countries, like India for example, Facebook users must suffer through 2G speeds. With that in mind, Facebook is instituting something called “2G Tuesdays”. Many on Facebook’s engineering team visit places in India and Africa to see how …

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Google Fiber Is Likely Headed to Louisville, San Diego, and Irvine

Google Fiber Is Likely Headed to Louisville, San Diego, and Irvine

Google Fiber may be coming to three new cities, as the company has announced it’s asked Louisville, KY, Irvine, CA, and San Diego, CA “to work with us to explore bringing Google Fiber to their communities.” “To kick things off, we’ll work with Irvine, Louisville and San Diego to conduct a detailed study of factors that affect construction, such as …

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FCC Fines Another Company Over Wi-Fi Blocking

FCC Fines Another Company Over Wi-Fi Blocking

The Federal Communications Commission has fined an internet provider $750,000 for using Wi-Fi monitoring systems to jam people’s personal hotspots at hotels and convention centers. The FCC says that Smart City, described as an Internet and telecommunications provider for conventions, meeting centers, and hotels, was guilty of blocking people’s mobile hotspots in order to force them to pay for Smart …

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Google Fiber’s Next Stop is San Antonio, Its Largest City Yet

Google Fiber’s Next Stop is San Antonio, Its Largest City Yet

It’s official – Google Fiber’s next stop is San Antonio. This will be the biggest city to which Google’s brought its high-speed internet. According to Google, the Fiber installation will require over 4,000 miles of cable. “From starting Bexar BiblioTech, the first all-digital public library in the U.S., to being named a leading city in cybersecurity, San Antonio has developed …

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Facebook Is About to Start Testing Its Internet Drone

Aquila, Facebook’s internet-beaming drone, is complete and ready for testing. Jay Parikh, VP of Global Engineering and Infrastructure, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just pulled the cover off the device, which is carbon-fiber framed and solar-powered. Aquila has the wingspan of a 737, but weighs only as much as a Prius. Facebook’s plan is to drop it via ballon, and once …

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AT&T / DirecTV Deal Gets Thumbs Up from FCC, with Conditions

After “careful, thorough review,” the Federal Communications Commission has given AT&T and green light to acquire DirecTV. The combined entity will boast about 26 million customers. Say hello to the new largest pay TV company in the US. The approval didn’t come without conditions, however. Here are all of the conditions the FCC placed on AT&T. They involve the expansions …

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Comcast’s Google Fiber Competitor Is Not Cheap

Comcast has revealed the pricing on it 2Gbps fiber network, and it’s not cheap. As predicted, Gigabit Pro is going to cost you $300 a month ($299.95, to be exact). This is more than double the price of Google Fiber, but also double the speed. Comcast will be offering a promotional rate of $159 – if you agree to sign …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

Netflix just released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service. This reflects the month of June. There was a lot more change in the rankings in June compared to other recent months. “In the U.S., there was much movement in the index,” said Netflix’s Anne Marie …

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Here’s Your Social Media Character/Word Count Cheat Sheet

Ever wonder if there’s a magic number for character counts on various social media platforms? How long is the perfect tweet, Facebook status update, or Google+ post? While character count is certainly just one variable when it comes to an effective communication, studies have shown that there are indeed sweet spots. Buffer and SumAll have an infographic out looking at …

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SpaceX Has Filed to Begin Testing Its Satellite Internet Project

Back in January, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced his intentions to build a satellite network that would provide high-speed internet from space. Now, he’s apparently making moves to begin testing said plans. The Washington Post reports that Musk has asked the US government for permission to begin testing his satellite internet venture. The request was made in a Federal Communications …

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Shia LaBeouf Will Help You JUST DO IT with New Chrome Extension

Sometimes we all need a little bit of help – a nice kick in the ass to get us going. Good thing we all have Shia LaBeouf to motivate us in our times of need. Unless you’ve been off the grid for the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably seen LaBeouf’s bizarre but hilarious motivational video. If you haven’t, here …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

Netflix just released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service. This reflects the month of May. There wasn’t a whole lot of change from April for the U.S. Numbers 8 and 9 – Suddenlink and Mediacom – flipflopped. That’s about it. Here’s a look at the …

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Comcast’s 2Gbps Fiber Could Cost $300 a Month

Comcast is in the process of rolling out a high-speed fiber network to compete with the likes of Google Fiber (and also municipalities with their own networks) – but the company has yet to reveal how much it’s going to cost. Well, it might have just revealed it accidentally. Do you have $300 a month? DSL Reports spotted some brand …

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Leeroy Jenkins Is 10 Years Old Today

Oh my god, he just ran in. One of the most famous videos on the internet turns 10 today. On May 11, 2005, a video was uploaded to a World of Warcraft fansite called Warcraft movies. It showed a guild preparing for battle, discussing the strategy they would soon use in combat. About a minute and a half into the …

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Netflix Doesn’t Like the AT&T/DirecTV Merger

If AT&T’s proposed merger of DirecTV is approved, it would create the largest pay-TV provider in the country. And according to Netflix, the merger in its current form is bad for everyone. The streaming company has written a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, urging it to reject the merger “as currently proposed.” “The proposed merger would make AT&T the …

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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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Hillary Clinton Wins Early Battle … of 404 Pages

With Marco Rubio’s Monday announcement that he’s running for President, that makes four official candidates so far. We’re at a pretty early stage in the campaign, so we’re going to ignore all the polls. What we’re going to look at is which candidate has the best 404 page. 1. Hillary Clinton Clinton just joined Facebook, and did so in a …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

Netflix just released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service. This reflects the month of March. Once again, Verizon held on to the top spot in the U.S. with an average speed of 3.5 Megabits per second. As the company points out, TekSavvy climbed up two …

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Comcast Announces 2Gbps Fiber, Fires Shots at Google

Comcast has just put a lot of pressure on Google by announcing a new internet service that will deliver speeds twice as fast. Next month, the company will begin a rollout of a new 2Gbps broadband service called Gigabit Pro. It’ll start in Atlanta and spread from there. Comcast says it hopes to offer the service, which it touts as …

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Google Fiber Is Officially Coming to Salt Lake City Next

Salt Lake City is the next city that’ll get Google Fiber, the company announced today. “Salt Lake has more than breathtaking mountain vistas and fantastic ski slopes. It also hosts a booming technology sector, world-renowned universities and a vibrant local culture. We’re looking forward to seeing Salt Lake residents use gigabit Internet to spark creative ideas, jumpstart businesses and collaborate …

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Ted Cruz Didn’t Lock Up TedCruz.com, and Now He’s Getting Trolled

Someone is trolling Ted Cruz. Fundraising likely began a while ago but begins in earnest today, as Senator Ted Cruz has announced he’s officially entering the 2016 Presidential race. It might behoove the Senator to use some of that money to gain control of TedCruz.com. Check out TedCruz.com. Here’s all that’s there: It’s unlikely this is the from the official …

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules Released, Blasted By Commissioners

The Federal Communications Commission has released its new net neutrality rules after announcing them two weeks ago. The rules followed a call from President Obama in November to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would make it a utility. The new rules call for broadband to be considered a telecommunications service, and providers are to …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Speed Rankings

Netflix just released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service. January’s data saw Verizon FIOS hang on to its lead in the U.S., but Cablevision matching it at an average speed of 3. 43 Mbps. The new data looks at February, which saw Charter jumping two …

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Did The FCC Get Net Neutrality Right?

As you may have heard, the FCC announced that it has set rules on net neutrality and an open Internet, which it says “will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks.” Do you think they got it right or do there need to be changes? Let us know what you think. …

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