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Time Warner To Boost Internet Speeds in Austin

As Time Warner and Comcast continue to work out their big merger, internet and cable TV customers across the U.S. are preparing for an even larger company to take over their local cable monopolies. There is a spark of hope, though. In the places where Google has announced it will install its Google Fiber initiative competition has, unsurprisingly, spurred otherwise …

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Google Fiber May Be Coming to These 9 Metros

Take a look, people. If your city is on this map, Google is at least actively considering bringing Google Fiber your way. The company just announced that they will be looking at the feasibility of installing its 1 gigabit (soon to be 10?) high-speed internet service in 9 different metro areas–34 communities altogether. Here’s a full list: Portland, Oregon–Beaverton, Lake …

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Will The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Protect Consumers And Small Businesses?

In January, the open Web took a major hit when a court sided with Verizon over the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The defeat meant that Verizon or any other ISP could throttle certain types of traffic in favor of others. While the FCC could appeal the ruling, the Commission is apparently not going that route. Reuters is reporting that the …

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Bill O’Reilly Says We’re All Ignorant Because The Internet

Apparently, Americans are pretty stupid when it comes to knowing anything about their own country. And Fox News host Bill O’Reilly thinks he knows part of the reason why. Spoiler: it’s the Internet. Yes, the Internet. The Internet has made you dumb. According to O’Reilly, the Internet has “created a generation of self-absorbed, addicted, distracted, and ignorant people.” “The powerful …

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Google Shoots for 10 Gigabit Fiber in Three Years

The U.S. has slow internet. It sucks. The giant iron fists of a handful of monopolistic ISPs continue to pound the weak, helpless masses. One bright spot in the dark, depressing wasteland has been Google Fiber, Google’s one gigabit high-speed internet service. Of course, Google Fiber is only in a few select areas–so looking to it as some sort of …

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Comcast To Purchase Time Warner Cable For $45 Billion

Comcast is the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider whereas Time Warner Cable is the nation’s second largest. The two are also some of the most universally reviled among American consumers. Now both companies are joining forces. Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced today that the two companies would be merging thanks to a deal that will see Comcast buy …

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The NSA

Even before the Snowden leaks of last year, the EFF had their suspicions in regards to what the NSA was up to. The group even tried to get the government to spill the beans a few times through lawsuits that never went anyway. As you can imagine, the Snowden leaks helped their cause greatly, and now they’re trying to educate …

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Bots Now Outnumber Humans On The Web

The Internet is the greatest communication tool that mankind has ever invented. As of June 30, 2012, there were almost 2.5 billion humans connected to the Internet. That number has most assuredly risen significantly since then thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices in emerging markets, like China and India. Even then, it would appear that we’re still in the …

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FCC: Any New Net Neutrality Rules Must Be ‘Dynamic’

Earlier this month, the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s net neutrality rules. In short, the court said that FCC didn’t have the authority to regulate ISPs in the same way they regulate common carriers (i.e. phone service providers). Now everybody wants to know where the FCC will go from here, but the Commission is still being …

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Falun Gong Likely Not Behind China’s Internet Woes

In a strange turn of events, it’s looking the internet outage suffered by hundreds of millions was due to simple error. On January 21st, millions of Chinese internet users who typed in the name of their favorite websites were instead redirected. Disturbingly enough to Chinese officials, the redirection took them to the page of a U.S. company called Dynamic Internet …

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Pope Francis Says The Internet Is ‘A Gift From God’, Urges Us to Become ‘Citizens Of The Digital World’

For progressive Catholics and the progressive non-religious, Pope Francis has been a pretty bit hit in his first year in the papacy. Between his “judge ye not” stance on gays, advocacy for the poor, and disparaging remarks about capitalism as a tool of the oppressor, the new Pope has endeared himself to a new generation of believers, who have long …

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Global Commission on Internet Governance Announced

A new Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) was announced today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt has been named as chair for the GCIG. The GCIG has been founded by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Royal Institute of International Affairs as a two-year initiative to …

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