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February 4, 2015

FCC Chair: Internet Should Be a Utility

Echoing the sentiments of President Barack Obama from late last year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler explained his plan for dealing with the Net Neutrality question: the Internet ought to be run like a utility – mostly.

Back in November, the president said that he thinks that the FCC should invoke Title II of the Telecommunications Act, and that’s basically what Wheeler has proposed in an op-ed published by Wired today.

“Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed [...]

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January 28, 2015

Google Fiber Coming to Four New Metro Areas

Yesterday, Google officially confirmed that it was bringing its high-speed, low-cost fiber-optic network to four more US metros in the coming months, which will span 18 new cities total: Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, and Atlanta. What, no love for Minneapolis?

The news comes via a post on the Official Google Blog, in which the company makes the announcement of its expansion plans. The first step is going to be planning and engineering, and then the actual installation will kick off in a few months:

“Bringing Google [...]

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January 26, 2015

Is Google Fiber Coming to North Carolina Soon?

Google Fiber is one of the most sought-after hook-ups in the country. The search giant’s fiber optic program offers great Internet speed at not terribly high prices, providing a solid alternative to the frequently evil ISPs that most cities have to deal with. A new report indicates that the company may be bringing Fiber to a new state in the union: North Carolina.

According to a post on ZDNet today, Google has events scheduled to take place in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina on January 28, while they’ll be coming to another [...]

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January 17, 2015

NY Governor Cuomo Announces Broadband Initiative All New Yorkers Should Be Proud Of

I love calling myself a native New Yorker, but today, I’m even more proud to have that distinction. Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 billion plan to improve access to high-speed Internet across New York state. The state will utilize $500 million in “capital funds from bank settlements to incentivize the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.” In the words of the governor’s office, “This represents the largest and boldest state investment in [...]

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June 17, 2014

New Legislation Takes Aim at FCC & Net “Fast Lanes”

The situation regarding the FCC’s ineptitude over net neutrality has been making headlines lately, with the commission having essentially capitulated to the lobbyists employed by ISPs and preparing to allow them to charge more for better access. Two lawmakers in Washington, D.C., however, have proposed legislation that could preserve net neutrality – if it manages to gin up enough support in the House and Senate, that is.

According to a report in the Washington Post, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Represenative Doris Matsui [...]

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May 6, 2014

Five Internet Service Providers Accused of Throttling Speeds to Get More Cash

Five core unnamed internet service providers in the United States (and one in Europe) have been accused of intentionally throttling the Internet service of its users. This accusation comes directly from Level 3, a communications company that helps connect enormous providers like Comcast to the rest of the Internet.

Having an obvious inside view of these systems, Level 3 has stepped forward to claim that these six ISPs are deliberately decreasing the quality of service for users, in hopes of getting the company to pay a fee for [...]

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April 2, 2014

ISPs Have Installed the “Six-Strike” System, So Your Speeds Could Get Throttled

A United States Chamber of Commerce representative made the official announcement today that the Copyright Alert System, also known as the “six-strike” system, is now fully in place across Internet Service Providers.

We first caught wind of this system early last year.

This system, designed to thwart online piracy of movies, music and other media, notifies and punishes home Internet users on a six-strikes-and-you’re-out basis, though it differs slightly from company to company. The [...]

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April 23, 2013

Internet Providers Don’t Know How to Respond to Google Fiber

In the past few years, Google has taken up the enormous challenge of single-handedly bringing U.S. Internet speeds up to snuff with its Google Fiber service. None of that 2o Mbps, 50 Mbps or even 100 Mbps nonsense — we’re talking 1 Gbps speeds, and that’s both upload and download. Google’s initial test started in the Kansas City areas of Missouri and Kansas and, in the future, will roll into Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah.

The Google Fiber initiative ventures into territory owned by cable TV and Internet [...]

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February 25, 2013

Six Strikes And Your Internet Speeds Are Throttled

My fellow Internet users, today marks the day, after much delay that the Six Strikes System (also known as the Copyright Alert System) goes into effect.  Over the course of the next several days, participating ISP’s will start implementing the system onto their networks.  This means that if you are caught illegally downloading content, you’ll receive your first of six strikes.

The system was the idea of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), an umbrella group representing major ISPs across the US and [...]

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November 8, 2012

I’m In the 1% of Internet Users Within the US

I recently ran an Internet speed test, the results came back and reaffirmed that I am in fact receiving the speeds I’m paying for with my Verizon FiOS connection. I pay for 75Mbps download and 35Mbps upload and as you can see from the image below, that’s essentially what I’m getting.

This is good news. However, I also noticed that my speeds put me in the 1% of Internet users within the US. You can see for yourself right under the Ping of 15ms, there is text that reads “Faster than 99% of US.” At [...]

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