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30 Nov 2010 10:48


Biz, Tech: Comcast offers up some net neutrality ammo for Netflix fans

  • This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access. With this action, Comcast is preventing competing content from ever being delivered to Comcast’s subscribers at all, unless Comcast’s unilaterally determined toll is paid.
  • Level 3 Communications Chief Legal Officer Thomas Stortz • Expressing anger with Comcast’s added bandwidth fees on the internet middleman, which Netflix uses for its uber-popular streaming services. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Did you hear that? Yeah, we think we did. That’s the sound of the FCC nailing Comcast for anticompetitive activity and killing their planned buyout of NBC because they aren’t playing fair. What? You didn’t hear it? We must have imagined it. We can dream, can’t we? source

02 Jul 2010 10:30


Tech: One way to stimulate the economy: Broadband infrastructure build-out

  • $800 million in loans and grants for broadband jobs source

02 Jun 2010 20:49


Tech: Yo AT&T users – think you hog data? Here’s a quick way to check

  • This is us. We admit to being very heavy users. But, even then, we’ve only modestly crossed over the 2-gigabyte threshold AT&T has given us. This isn’t hard to find, either. Log into your AT&T Wireless account, head to the “My Current Usage” screen, click “View Past Data Usage,” and run one of the reports. It’s pretty surprising. We’d end up spending $5 more than we do currently under this plan for most of the months. source

02 Jun 2010 10:26


Tech: Question: How fast will people say their internet is, if you ask?

  • FAST but no more specific than that source

31 Mar 2010 11:07


Tech: Want fast internet access? Move to South Korea, kids

  • $45.50 cost of your average interweb connection in the U.S.
  • $28.50 cost of a much-faster interweb connection in South Korea source

15 Mar 2010 20:39


Tech: Feel that breeze? It’s wind caused by the FCC’s blustery broadband plan

  • 4 Mbps the average speed of the current broadband option in U.S. homes; 100 million don’t have broadband
  • 100 Mbps the speed the FCC’s new program strives for in 100 million homes by 2020 *whoooosh* source

13 Mar 2010 11:20


Tech, U.S.: Coming soon to Congress: A broadband Internet battle royale

  • FCC The Federal Communications Commission wants to expand broadband access (especially to rural areas that lack fast internet) and widen the wireless spectrum, saying the U.S. is falling behind.
  • telecom The TV industry is concerned that losing chunks of over-the-air spectrum could affect their signals; major telecom providers are also feeling mounting pressure to improve their networks. source

02 Mar 2010 21:54


Tech: Topeka, Kansas willing to change name to “Google” for fast Internet

Sure, it’s not real. Sure, it’s a gimmick. But how many largeish cities do you see changing their name to Taco Bell for free Chalupas? Just sayin’. source

29 Dec 2009 10:39


Tech: Broadband customers in the U.K. may have to pay big for piracy

  • Broadband consumers shouldn’t have to bail out the music industry. If they really think it’s worth spending vast sums of money on these measures then they should be footing the bill; not the consumer.
  • Carphone Warehouse CEO Charles Dunstone (which runs the TalkTalk consumer broadband service in the U.K.) • Regarding the reported £500 million British broadband consumers will be forced to pay as part of an online piracy bill. Yes, you read that right – to fight online piracy for movie and music companies, the U.K. is working on a bill that benefits those companies, specifically, at the cost to consumers, with no real benefit to consumers. May we call bull(#$&( on this already? source

17 Dec 2009 22:23


Tech, U.S.: One place the stimulus is helping: More broadband in more places

  • $7.2
    in funds is headed for communities in need of better broadband Internet access
  • $183 million is headed to 17 different states starting right about now (hooray rural states!) source