Topic: Internet

A Year Without Cable, Week 8: World Cup for Cord-Cutters
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A Year Without Cable, Week 8: World Cup for Cord-Cutters

Cord-cutting typically means losing the ability to watch live sports. This is especially painful when it’s a major sporting event that only comes along, say, every four years. The World Cup fits this description, but … [Read more...]

Comcast Customers Will Soon Power Public Wi-Fi Hotspots, Starting in Houston
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Comcast Customers Will Soon Power Public Wi-Fi Hotspots, Starting in Houston

Comcast is rolling out an enormous Wi-Fi network for its customers, but not in the way you'd think. The service is not being built from scratch, but instead piggybacks on the routers already installed for Comcast … [Read more...]

Netflix Message Blames Verizon for Poor Streaming Quality; Verizon Legal Team Strikes Back
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Netflix Message Blames Verizon for Poor Streaming Quality; Verizon Legal Team Strikes Back

Shaming Internet service providers is nothing new to Netflix; the company has been publishing provider connection speeds on its ISP Speed Index for years. But the company's latest move singled one ISP out in particular, … [Read more...]

A Year Without Cable, Week 6: Temptation
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A Year Without Cable, Week 6: Temptation

I wrote last week about how the summer season is probably the easiest time for a cord cutter. It’s because most of the high-quality programming takes a hike while viewers are spending more time outdoors, leaving your … [Read more...]

FCC May Change Minimum Speed Requirements for ‘Broadband’ Internet Access
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FCC May Change Minimum Speed Requirements for ‘Broadband’ Internet Access

The term "broadband Internet" may take on a whole new meaning, according to a report from The Washington Post. As it stands today, an Internet service provider must provide a connection that is at least 4 megabits … [Read more...]

AT&T to Acquire DirecTV, Says Report
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AT&T to Acquire DirecTV, Says Report

AT&T may be after a bigger slice of the pay TV market, and it may be looking to the stars to get it. A Buzzfeed report, based on tips from a source, claims that AT&T plans to acquire satellite TV provider … [Read more...]

A Year Without Cable, Week 2: Selecting Shows, Doing the Math
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A Year Without Cable, Week 2: Selecting Shows, Doing the Math

If you aren't familiar with the 'Year Without Cable' series, be sure to read last week's introductory post. -- Over the past week, I've been listing out the shows I want access to. I use the term "access" because … [Read more...]

FCC: We’ll Classify Internet as a Utility if Proposed Rules Fall Short
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FCC: We’ll Classify Internet as a Utility if Proposed Rules Fall Short

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler really wants everyone to get behind the FCC's latest Open Internet proposal. So much so, in fact, that he's threatening to bring out the big guns if the proposed rules are shot down, or if … [Read more...]

A Year Without Cable
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A Year Without Cable

Early this morning, I cut the cord and said goodbye to cable. For at least a year. My motivations for doing so may be different than they are for others. This wasn’t done out of a dislike for TV. It also wasn’t … [Read more...]

Verizon FiOS is Offering a Nice Internet / HBO Package, but Only to New Customers
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Verizon FiOS is Offering a Nice Internet / HBO Package, but Only to New Customers

When it comes to TV and Internet, you have two choices: you can either bundle the two and get an okay deal, or you can order just one and get really shafted. This is the cord-cutter's dilemma, as an Internet-only cable … [Read more...]