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  • Current Event
    13 hours ago
    by Pfennig88
    +3 +1

    U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year

    Finally some good news: The internet is getting faster, especially fixed broadband internet. Broadband download speeds in the U.S. rose 35.8 percent and upload speeds are up 22 percent from last year, according to internet speed-test company Ookla in its latest U.S. broadband report. The growth in speed is important as the internet undergirds more of our daily lives and the wider economy. As internet service providers continue building out fiber networks around the country, expect speeds to increase, though speeds vary widely by region depending on infrastructure and whether or not an area has fiber.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by bradd
    +6 +1

    Corporate-Friendly Democrats Are Standing in the Way of Reviving Net Neutrality

    The fight to keep the FCC from killing net neutrality isn't over yet. Last December, in a party-line vote, the FCC reversed the 2015 policy that keeps Internet service providers from picking and choosing who gets faster access, more traffic, and for how much money. California is currently working to impose its own state-wide net neutrality laws, but a major push in Congress is currently under way also.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by geoleo
    +28 +1

    Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead

    A small Massachusetts town has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network. Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. But Charlemont residents rejected the Comcast offer in a vote at a special town meeting Thursday.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by ilyas
    +7 +1

    Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is on a Collision Course With Your ISP's Data Caps

    Household bandwidth consumption is soaring thanks to video streaming, new data suggests, and American consumers are about to run face-first into broadband usage limits and overage fees that critics say are unnecessary and anti-competitive. Cisco’s 2018 Visual Networking Index (VNI)—an annual study that tracks overall internet bandwidth consumption to identify future trends—predicts that global IP traffic is expected to reach 396 exabytes per month by 2022. Cisco’s report claims that’s more traffic than has crossed global networks throughout the entire history of the internet thus far.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ubthejudge
    +12 +1

    Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules

    A US appeals court ruling today said that cable companies do not have a First Amendment right to discriminate against minority-run TV channels. Charter, the second-largest US cable company after Comcast, was sued in January 2016 by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Networks (ESN), which alleged that Charter violated the Civil Rights Act of 1866 by refusing to carry TV channels run by the African-American-owned ESN. Allen, a comedian and producer, founded ESN in 1993 and is its CEO...

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +3 +1

    FCC to Release Report Wednesday Telling You If Your Broadband Provider Is Screwing You

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to publish a report on Wednesday that will purportedly reveal whether internet service The Federal Communications Commission plans to publish a report on Wednesday that will purportedly reveal whether internet service providers are providing the broadband speeds they claim they are. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai published a cheesy Thanksgiving blog post on Tuesday. Mixed in with some quaint dad jokes and various other announcements, Pai mentions that the FCC is releasing a “Communications Marketplace Report” that includes information on broadband speed.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +5 +1

    Net Neutrality Defenders Announce 'Epic Final Protest' to Demand Congress Repeal FCC Rollback Before Fast-Approaching Deadline

    Fight for the Future announced Wednesday that on Nov. 29, supporters of restoring nationwide net neutrality rules—which the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled back last year—are planning "an epic, final protest to pressure lawmakers before a crucial deadline to save the internet."

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +1

    House Democrats Who Haven’t Supported Net Neutrality Yet Have All Taken Money from Telecoms

    The Democratic members of Congress staying mum on net neutrality have all taken campaign contributions from major telecom companies, according to Federal Election Commission filings. In May, the Senate passed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act that would overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s decision to scrap free internet rules last year.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by distant
    +20 +1

    California's Net Neutrality Bill Should Be Signed Into Law

    Millions of Californians are waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to affirm their call for a free and open Internet. After Congress reversed the Federal Communication Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, states have had to step up to ensure that all traffic on the Internet is treated equally. Gov. Brown’s signature would make California the fourth state to pass a law offering net neutrality protections to its residents.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +19 +1

    What the FCC Order on 5G High-Speed Internet Means

    The new industry-backed regulations are likely to attract lawsuits from state and local government groups that worry they will cost them revenue, make it easier for internet providers to sue them and do little to address the digital divide. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved sweeping regulations on Wednesday for 5G wireless infrastructure, significantly curtailing the authority of states and localities.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hedman
    +8 +1

    California gov. signs nation’s strictest net neutrality rules into law

    California Governor Jerry Brown today signed net neutrality legislation into law, setting up a legal showdown pitting his state against Internet service providers and the US government. The California net neutrality bill, previously approved by the state Assembly and Senate despite protests from AT&T and cable lobbyists, imposes rules similar to those previously enforced by the FCC.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by lostwonder
    +15 +1

    Ajit Pai’s 5G plans make it harder for small ISPs to deploy broadband

    FCC plans to tilt a spectrum auction toward T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by roxxy
    +12 +1

    As U.S. rolls out ultrafast Internet, tensions rise over public...

    Cities across the United States are warning of what they say is an illegal assault on the public’s right of way, facilitated by state and federal authorities on behalf of major telecommunications companies. At issue is the rollout of new infrastructure for the next generation of ultrafast wireless Internet. To operate this fifth-generation (5G) network, companies are developing fleets of antennas that need to be densely arranged and near the ground - around one per city block, often on light poles or traffic signs.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by grandsalami
    +11 +1

    New T-Mobile’s plans for in-home, fixed wireless internet services begin to take shape

    When T-Mobile and Sprint first announced their plans to merge in April, the companies didn’t mention any plans to offer in-home broadband internet services. But that changed in June, when the companies promised to grow into the nation’s fourth largest ISP, behind the likes of Comcast and Charter.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from hurricane

    The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay "completely unacceptable." But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's statement ignored his agency's deregulatory blitz that left consumers without protections designed to ensure restoration of service after disasters, according to longtime telecom attorney and consumer advocate Harold Feld.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by distant
    +21 +1

    Absence of net neutrality hurts students most

    For many students, net neutrality is an afterthought. But its effects, or lack thereof, impact us all more substantially than we think. “Net neutrality is essentially the rules of the road for the internet, and it gives equal treatment to all internet traffic,” said Kyle Wrather, a PhD candidate at UT who specializes in net neutrality. Internet Service Providers are unable to give priority to content by sources, giving users equal access to information. Unfortunately, these things are no longer the case.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +10 +1

    How Net Neutrality Repeal Is Fueling VPN Adoption

    The FCC's rollback of net neutrality rules has sparked an ongoing battle over the future of the internet. The federal government is fighting with states, internet service providers (ISPs) and tech companies are joining the fray, and consumers are simply doing anything in their power to maintain some control and security over their digital lives.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +1

    See how passionate your congressional district is about net neutrality

    The US Federal Communications Commission asked American to comment on net neutrality last year. Twenty-two million people responded. What people actually said hasn’t been entirely clear. Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS) decided to parse the millions of comments (pdf) submitted to the FCC, a public comment process allegedly plagued by fraud.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +15 +1

    California strikes deal with FCC to delay state net neutrality law

    California has agreed to delay the enforcement of its “gold standard” net neutrality bill, according to a statement from the law’s sponsor Sen. Scott Wiener. The net neutrality rules were set to go into effect next year, but California officials have agreed to wait until the courts have resolved any pending litigation over the Federal Communications Commission’s roll back of the federal rules late last year.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by lexi6
    +3 +1

    The 5G revolution is upon us. Here's everything you need to know

    The next generation of wireless technology, fittingly known as 5G, is just around the corner. If you ask Verizon, it's already here. One thing the entire industry can agree on is it's going to change our lives. The industry, of course, really wants 5G to be a thing.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +15 +1

    US Sen. Ed Markey says mobile carriers' alleged throttling practices highlight need for 'net neutrality'

    U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, renewed his push for "net neutrality" protections Thursday, following reports that many major U.S. mobile carriers may be "throttling," or slowing down, certain services on their networks. Markey, who led the U.S. Senate push to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality rules, said the findings from researchers behind the app "Wehe" underscore the need for the Obama-era internet rules.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by estherschindler
    +13 +1

    New Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up to a $10K Fine for Every Call

    Democrats and Republicans can agree on at least one thing: The spam robocall situation has gotten entirely out of hand.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by messi
    +16 +1

    Cable Industry Finally Admits That Data Caps Have Nothing To Do With Congestion

    For years, the key rationale given by broadband providers for implementing data caps was that it was the only way they could deal with "congestion." Of course, for years, independent researchers showed that this was bogus, and there was no data crunch coming. If you actually caught a technologist from a broadband provider, rather than a business person or lobbyist, they'd quietly admit that there was no congestion problem.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    The Landline Is Dying And These Numbers Prove It

    The nature of the telecommunications industry is obviously changing, and it's perhaps best illustrated with a look at these statistics that show the steep decline of the home landline. With a smartphone in your pocket that replaces a landline's capabilities and then some, it's no surprise to see that fewer and fewer people feel the need to hang on to an old-fashioned wire to ferry their communications back and forth.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by cone
    +20 +1

    Who Made That Dial Tone?

    Never before had an American telephone company employed this signal, says Roger Conklin, a telephone collector and historian. Until then, the leading telephone provider, the Bell System, relied on its corps of “hello girls” to connect lines at central switchboards so no dial tone was necessary.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by KondoR
    +22 +1

    Somalia's Al Shabaab Bans the Internet

    Somali rebel group (and US-designated terrorist organization) Al Shabaab has reportedly banned the use of the Internet through mobile handsets and fiber optic cables throughout Somalia, giving telecommunications companies 15 days to comply with the order.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +17 +1

    AT&T’s new data cap “deal” is just another weapon against regulation

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show extravaganza started off with a big announcement from AT&T: Customers of their wireless service can get around onerous caps on data usage if the company supplying, say, video, pays extra to AT&T for the privilege.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by Nelson
    +18 +1

    US phone companies to explore replacing all phone numbers with IP addresses

    Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is nothing new, of course, but so far it's been regarded merely as an add-on to America's regular, analog-based copper and cellular voice networks - networks that are currently maintained as a matter of legal requirement. The FCC isn't necessarily such a stickler for tradition, however, as it is now encouraging phone networks to explore what would happen if VoIP replaced everything else.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +21 +1

    Who wants competition? Big cable tries outlawing municipal broadband in Kansas

    Legislation introduced in the Kansas state legislature by a lobby for cable companies would make it almost impossible for cities and towns to offer broadband services to residents and would perhaps even outlaw public-private partnerships like the one that brought Google Fiber to Kansas City.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by wondaROY
    +18 +1

    Don't return calls from these area codes - it's a scam!

    A scam that repeats itself in modified forms every few years is once again spreading throughout the United Sates. Don’t be a victim! Criminals target people simply by calling them. Intended victims receive a call on their phones from area code 473 which rings once and then disconnects, thereby arousing the call-recipient’s natural curiosity – “who just called me and from where?”

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by MissyE
    +18 +1

    Verizon support rep admits anti-Netflix throttling

    Robbo sez, "Dave Raphael of Dave's Blog has an interesting post about a conversation he recently had with Verizon support and discovered some uncomfortable - yet wholly unsurprising - truths about how Verizon is selectively limiting bandwidth to AWS services and adversely affecting the quality of Netflix. The open admission of this by Verizon support was unexpected - but the fact it is happening should be of no surprise to anyone but the ignorant and naive."

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by AriZona
    +4 +1

    UppWireless Offers $15 Phone Service With a Big Catch

    Move over, Republic Wireless: there's a new super-cheap cell phone carrier in town, although it has a huge catch. UppWireless, launching today in the U.S., offers 1GB of data plus unlimited calls and texts for only $15/month - but all of those calls and texts have to go through voice-over-IP apps.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by aj0690
    +14 +1

    America's 10-Year Experiment in Broadband Investment Has Failed

    Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced Wednesday that there would be new rules written to guarantee net neutrality. It’s a good thing any website can reach any person unimpeded by tolls, and it’s good that Wheeler still wants to make this possible. The Internet service providers will first work to dilute the new rules, of course, and then sue to overturn them.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    Scientists demonstrate first contagious airborne WiFi virus

    A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by Chubros
    +16 +1

    T-Mobile Turns an Industry on Its Ear

    A rash of consumer-friendliness has broken out across the mobile data industry. Over the last year, the four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile — have cut prices and offered greater flexibility in how they sell their voice, text and broadband services. The industry could be on the verge of an all-out price war. Who is responsible for this blessed state of affairs?