by Karl Bode 11:03AM Saturday Apr 19 2014
by Karl Bode 04:59PM Friday Apr 18 2014
You might recall last year that CBS joined in a chorus of broadcaster pouting and empty threats in regards to Aereo, proclaiming that they'd pull their network from over the air broadcasts and move it to cable if they weren't allowed to crush Aereo. It's an empty threat designed primarily to try and get lawmakers to pass laws constricting Aereo, just in case CBS can't stop them in the Supreme Court.story continues..
by Karl Bode 02:21PM Friday Apr 18 2014
Time Warner Cable has announced that they've enabled Hotspot 2.0 functionality across the company's growing network of Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing Time Warner Cable customers to seamlessly log into those networks without entering usernames and passwords, or navigating login screens. According to a company press release, the new network option is available on nearly all of Time Warner Cable's 33,000+ Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Southern California, New York City, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Myrtle Beach and Hawaii. While Boingo began tinkering with Hotspot 2.0 back in February at some airports, Time Warner Cable's implementation is now the largest Passpoint-enabled Wi-Fi network in the country to date.
by Karl Bode 12:44PM Friday Apr 18 2014
PC World (here's a cached version as the website has been having problems) notes that not only has Google been testing their Loon "broadband by balloon" service via unlicensed spectrum in New Zealand, they've for the first time been testing cellular data delivery by balloon in the Nevada desert. The report notes the cellular tests approved in by the FCC involve a ground station and a balloon 65,000 feet in the air, both located within 100 miles of Carlin, Nevada.story continues..
by Karl Bode 10:39AM Friday Apr 18 2014
Al Franken has been leading a strong charge in opposition of Comcast's $45 billion Time Warner Cable acquisition, being one of the only people to hit the company with hard questions during the recent Congressional hearing on the merger. Now Franken is looking to get Netflix's help after the company recently vocally complained about the threat new interconnection and peering deals pose to the health of the greater Internet.story continues..
by Karl Bode 09:21AM Friday Apr 18 2014
A new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners finds that being consumer friendly is paying dividends for T-Mobile. T-Mobile's share of new subscribers grew more than any other wireless carrier last quarter.story continues..
by Karl Bode 08:36AM Friday Apr 18 2014
The same Time Warner Cable executives who are getting massive, multi-million dollar golden parachutes from the Comcast merger are asking the company's employees to contribute to the cable operator's political action committee (PAC), even if the company may not even technically exist one year from now.story continues..
A Reddit user has posted a letter they received from Time Warner Cable, stating that while getting the Comcast merger completed is their "top priority," they'd still like it very much if employees would contribute to the company's Federal PAC:
by Karl Bode 08:24AM Friday Apr 18 2014
Cord cutting is on the rise, according to a new study by Experian Marketing Services. According to the report, the number of cord cutters (defined by Experian as people who have broadband but never have had cable or just dropped cable) has risen 44% in the last three years.story continues..
by Revcb 07:02AM Friday Apr 18 2014
• Where's my gigabit Internet, anyway? And does it matter for businesses? [networkworld.com]
• Google's Project Loon tests move to LTE band in Nevada [pcworld.com]
• Amazon and Google are in an epic battle to dominate the cloud—and Amazon may already have won [qz.com]
• LG releases open source Connect SDK, wants every TV to behave like Chromecast [gigaom.com]
• Aereo's Legal Battles Rest on the Meaning of 'Public Performance' [businessweek.com]
• Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing [wired.com]
• Lightpath Fiber Lights 7,000 NY Buildings [lightreading.com]
• Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile say customers are protected from Heartbleed bug [fiercewireless.com]
• AT&T's Aio launches 'Group Save' plans, taking a page from Sprint's 'Framily' [fiercewireless.com]
• Small cities face dilemmas over franchise fees from Charter, Cable One [fiercecable.com]
by Bill Neilson 06:43PM Thursday Apr 17 2014
Time Warner Cable is currently teaming up with Comcast to persuade Congress and the DOJ to allow the companies to merge. Comcast has told Congress that they are "deeply disappointed" that their customer service is rated, along with Time Warner Cable, at or near the bottom of just about every customer service list.story continues..
by Karl Bode 03:36PM Thursday Apr 17 2014
Hoping to generate a little public and press support ahead of the company's life or death Supreme Court fight versus broadcasters later this month, Aereo has launched a new website called ProtectMyAntenna.org that attempts to educate the public on what their battle is all about. Aereo has previously stated that the company has no backup plan should broadcasters win, forcing the broadband TV streaming operation to close down completely.story continues..
by Karl Bode 01:23PM Thursday Apr 17 2014
Back in February Google announced they were working with thirty-four new cities in nine regions on making it easier for those locations to see Google Fiber deployed. While not all of those cities will receive Google Fiber, the company announced they'd be working with all of the cities to help expedite the arrival of faster broadband services -- whether it's courtesy of Google Fiber, somebody else, or the city itself.story continues..
by Karl Bode 10:36AM Thursday Apr 17 2014
While AT&T and Verizon dominate the industry and T-Mobile has been receiving consumer adoration for doing things a little bit differently, Sprint has been struggling to not only keep users, but build a decent network and brand identity. Most LTE tests place Sprint at the very bottom of the barrel in speed and latency, and the company always seems to be promising that a great network is just around the corner.story continues..
by Karl Bode 09:11AM Thursday Apr 17 2014
The other day we noted that the FCC was considering a policy that was certain to ruffle feathers at AT&T and Verizon: restricting a portion of next year's 600 MHz auction spectrum just for smaller competitors, to ensure that AT&T and Verizon aren't using spectrum squatting to keep smaller companies out of the market. It's something the DOJ suggested the FCC consider one year earlier; a policy that comes years after AT&T and Verizon were allowed to swallow up the majority of the nation's available spectrum.story continues..
by Karl Bode 08:31AM Thursday Apr 17 2014
The other day we noted how Verizon was using manufactured astroturf to help the company sneak out of a broadband obligation to wire the entire state of New Jersey with 45 Mbps broadband by 2010. That obligation came with the benefit of millions in tax cuts and other benefits, though it seems New Jersey is perfectly happy to let Verizon forget the promise entirely.story continues..
by Karl Bode 08:23AM Thursday Apr 17 2014
Google executives and employees were a little annoyed at recent revelations that the NSA was hacking into data centers to grab user data, in addition to being given user data directly by the company. As such they've made it a priority to encrypt as much of the traffic moving between data centers as possible. Now a report by the Wall Street Journal suggests to speed up encryption adoption overall, the search giant is considering giving search result priority to websites that utilize encryption:
quote:It seems fairly unlikely that this would ever come to fruition, given that while well-intentioned, it would compromise the purity of the results, something Google consistently professes to hold to a high standard.
by Revcb 07:11AM Thursday Apr 17 2014
• Verizon led massive astroturf campaign to end NJ broadband obligation -- Some Verizon "supporters" had no idea e-mails were sent on their behalf [arstechnica.com]
• Despite Hiring Local Area Sales Rep, Google Still Not Bringing Fiber To NYC Anytime Soon [consumerist.com]
• Time Warner Cable bets big on easy and secure Wi-Fi, rolling out Hotspot 2.0 networkwide [gigaom.com]
• Al Franken wants Netflix CEO's perspective on Comcast / TWC deal [theverge.com]
• New Volvos will get AT&T connectivity starting this summer [engadget.com]
• Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network [torrentfreak.com]
• Internet makes global economy vulnerable to Lehman-like crash, study says [csmonitor.com]
• Proof That Netflix Is Destroying Cable TV [businessinsider.com]
• How the Aereo Supreme Court case could test future of broadcast TV [usatoday.com]
• Study finds no evidence of Heartbleed bug attacks before it was exposed [nytimes.com]
• The plot to kill the password: The world’s most powerful companies want you to log in with fingerprints and eyescans [theverge.com]
by Karl Bode 05:41PM Wednesday Apr 16 2014
In recent months, both AT&T and Comcast have started offering consumers a $40 to $50 bundle that includes 18-25 Mbps broadband, twenty or so basic cable channels and HBO. The catch? The introductory price balloons quickly after six months to a year, and doesn't include a myriad of fees (or the cost of HD content or DVR rental).story continues..
by Karl Bode 02:58PM Wednesday Apr 16 2014
While Google has gotten a lot of PR mileage out of the idea that Google Fiber helps local businesses where it's deployed, the company doesn't actually offer Google Fiber for businesses. That has resulted in a bit of confusion as people have tried to use Google Fiber connections to offer the kind of startup-friendly workspaces the company has gotten a lot of press for in Kansas City.story continues..
by Karl Bode 12:12PM Wednesday Apr 16 2014
Like AT&T did when they tried to acquire T-Mobile, Comcast is using the fairly standard lobbying trick of using third party groups to parrot merger support -- since it's hard to get someone to like what most agree will be an anti-consumer merger without paying them. That includes the use of everything from minority groups to an ocean of niche associations, many of which are often willing to sell out their own constituents and support bad corporate policy just as long as money keeps flowing from Comcast.story continues..
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