All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ISPs’

An Internet Without Net Neutrality Looks Pretty Damn Scary

Even though the network that gives life to the Internet is considered an interstate communications service, and therefore is under the regulatory watch of the FCC, companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner are trying their hardest to have these powers stripped in what some are calling a plan to “ruin the Internet.” While that may come across as misguided …

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Netflix Now Putting Out Regional ISP Speed Index Reports

Over the weekend, Netflix put out its first Regional ISP Speed Index Snapshot looking at the greater Boston area. We’ll be seeing more of these regional reports to come. The most significant finding from this particular index is that no other ISP in the area “comes close to delivering as great a Netflix experience as RCN.” Those are Netflix’s words. …

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Once Again, Google Fiber Is Forcing Incumbent ISPs To Actually Compete

Consumers must really hate Comcast. Back in May, the cable company was rated the worst ISP in the nation with a score of 62 out of 100. Its reputation probably won’t improve nationwide, but at least it’s now making an effort, much like Time Warner Cable, to offer competitive prices and speeds when it’s forced to. DSLReports recently obtained an …

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Google Fiber, Cablevision & Cox Still Best For Netflix Speed

Netflix has released new data for its ISP Speed Index, which tracks the speed of service providers in the U.S. on a monthly basis. Here’s the July rankings: The index is based on data from over 36 million Netflix members, who view over a billion hours of content on Netflix per month. The listed speeds are the average performance of …

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Another Rural ISP Offers Gigabit Internet To Consumers

Vermont Telecom made headlines in late April when it announced it would bring Google Fiber-like Internet speeds to its customers for only $35 a month. Now another rural ISP has started to offer gigabit Internet, but at a more expensive cost. Cedar Falls Utilities, a small city-owned company out of Cedar Falls, Iowa, announced this week that it is the …

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American Consumers Really Hate Their ISP

Internet service providers are pretty awful. It seems that most Americans agree if a recent survey is to be believed. The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released its report for 2013. This year is particularly interesting as ISPs have been rated for the first time. How did they do? The survey shows that Vierzon FiOS, the company’s fiber-based wired broadband …

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This Is the Most Honest Cable Ad That You’ll Never See [VIDEO]

You’ve seen this ad before. A harmless-looking guy asks you if you want fast, reliable internet and a choice of all the best HD cable channels – all at a reasonable price. Well, sure, golly, gosh – of course I do! The only difference with this ad is that it’s honest. It’s an ad for “Your Local High Speed Internet …

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Netflix Launches New ISP Speed Index Site

Today, Netflix unveiled their new ISP Speed Index website, which lets users browse the average performance of multiple ISPs across many of the countries in which Netflix in available. You can compare the ISP performance lists at ispspeedindex.netflix.com. As of now, Google Fiber is the clear winner with an average speed of 3.35Mbps. Second to Google Fiber is Sweden’s Ownit, …

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Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?

Piracy is a problem that needs to be dealt with. I don’t think anybody is going to refute that. Where people are divided is how we actually deal with this problem. After years of reputation destroying legal battles against dead people and little girls, copyright owners think they have an answer. On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, …

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This Is What A Copyright Alert Looks Like

The “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System is being implemented across major ISPs this week. Those who regularly download music or movies illegally via BitTorrent might just start seeing these alerts pop up in your email inbox. Of course, the concerned Internet user may want to know what these alerts actually look like. Ars Technica was able to get their hands …

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Netflix Launches Super HD And 3D Streaming

Netflix announced the launch of Super HD and 3D streaming options today, with availability only through ISPs who are partners with Netflix’s Open Connect content delivery network, launched last year. Among these partners are Cablevision, Virgin Media, British Telecom, Telmex, Telus, TDC and GVT. “Our goal is to have all of our members served by Open Connect as soon as …

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Netflix Names Google Fiber the Best ISP for Streaming Netflix

Netflix is releasing new ISP rankings based on how well they stream Netflix, and it should surprise nobody that Google Fiber is the winner. Taking into account Netflix streams in November across multiple devices, Google Fiber bests the second-place ISP, Verison FiOS by a significant margin. Google Fiber’s average speed was 2.55 MBPS while Verizon FiOS streamed at an average …

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