by Karl Bode 09:43AM Monday Sep 22 2014
DSLReports regular Darknessfall directs our attention to the fact that AT&T is running a new promotion for U-Verse customers that offers users broadband, HBO, and a year of Amazon Prime for $40 for one year. Like Comcast, Verizon and others, AT&T has been offering a $40 broadband, HBO and limited TV bundle the hopes of appealing to (almost) cord cutters.story continues..
AT&T's latest promotion adds a year of Amazon Prime to that mix, and comes on the heels of AT&T's exclusive partnership with Amazon for the Amazon Fire Phone. Here's the specifics from the promotion e-mail AT&T is sending to customers:
by Karl Bode 09:07AM Monday Sep 22 2014
Torrent Freak has an interesting piece on the 21 "raid proof" virtual machines (VMs) currently running The Pirate Bay website. Two years ago the website switched all operations to the cloud, scattering their operations across a number of cloud storage providers located all around the world.story continues..
by Karl Bode 08:26AM Monday Sep 22 2014
Back in May Verizon Unveiled their new "XLTE" branded speed upgrades, powered by the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum Verizon acquired that spectrum from the cable industry back in 2011. Since last year Verizon has been using this spectrum to bolster their existing LTE network, bringing speed and capacity improvements to existing LTE markets. Verizon has announced that they've extended these XLTE upgrades into an additional 22 markets, and now offers the upgrades in 400 of the company's roughly 500 LTE markets.
by Revcb 08:24AM Monday Sep 22 2014
• Google, Yahoo fighting on both sides of muni Internet debate [networkworld.com]
• Nobody's neutral in net neutrality debate [usatoday.com]
• Albuquerque, NM looks to create broadband network [koat.com]
• Research: LTE "reinvigorates broadband wireless access marketplace" [financial-news.co.uk]
• Verizon expands AWS spectrum deployment for LTE to 400 markets nationwide [fiercewireless.com]
• LightSquared burned through $81.4M in August, as bankruptcy proceedings churn on [fiercewireless.com]
• Is Putin Planning to Shut Off Russia's Internet? [motherboard.com]
• Netflix and Liberty Global clash over net neutrality [digitaltveurope.net]
• Can we build a safer Internet? [nytimes.com]
by Karl Bode 03:58PM Sunday Sep 21 2014
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by Karl Bode 04:44PM Friday Sep 19 2014
Back in May Verizon proclaimed that when they did finally launch voice over LTE (VoLTE), the higher-quality voice service would arrive on a "robust" assortment of handsets. This week Verizon announced that VoLTE, or what they're calling Advanced Calling 1.0 has launched, though for now it's only available on two phones.story continues..
by Karl Bode 02:45PM Friday Sep 19 2014
Virgin Atlantic has chosen GoGo to provide in-flight broadband connectivity, the two companies have announced. According to the press release, GoGo will retrofit Virgin Atlantic's entire fleet with GoGo's 2Ku connectivity solution, which should be commercially launched sometime in 2015. When GoGo unveiled the new tech last year, the company noted the technology fuses satellite and Air to Ground (ATG) cellular network technology to provide up to 70 Mbps per plane (when GoGo started, it was around 3 Mbps). GoGo says they're working on advancements that should bump throughput to around 100 Mbps per plane.
by Karl Bode 12:34PM Friday Sep 19 2014
Baltimore is one of a number of cities that Verizon skipped over when deploying FiOS, leaving most city residents with only the uncomptitive option of either sluggish Verizon DSL or Comcast (if they're lucky). They're also one of the countless cities who begged for Google Fiber attention to no avail.
Baltimore's now hoping to take matters into their own hands, and have hired a consultant to explore a number of possible ideas ranging from reworking their protectionist citywide franchise agreement with Comcast, to possibly building some or all of the kind of network nobody else wants to:
quote:Of course paying a consultant $157,000 is certainly no guarantee anything gets accomplished, but it's interesting how the one-two punch of Google Fiber and Wheeler's criticism of state protectionist broadband law has seriously reheated a subject that for a decade had largely flown under the radar.
by Karl Bode 11:16AM Friday Sep 19 2014
If you're like me, you've tried to explain the concept of net neutrality to the non-technical, only to have them nod a lot but generally get a glassy, far-off look in their eyes (though admittedly that could just be my painful lack of charm). With protests heating up around the FCC's so-called "fast lane" proposal, which critics insist gives telecom giants everything they want, comedians have been forced to do their best to amusingly explain the concept. John Oliver recently did a fairly decent job of it, and now Jimmy Kimmel tries his hand at it (hat tip to Techdirt).
by Karl Bode 09:01AM Friday Sep 19 2014
Cox Communications says the company is on schedule to deploy 1 Gbps services in the Phoenix area sometime before the end of the year. Back in May Cox announced that they'd soon offer 1 Gbps fiber in parts of Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, with most of the company's other areas getting such speeds starting in 2016 once the DOCSIS 3.1 standard sees commercial launch.story continues..
by Karl Bode 08:28AM Friday Sep 19 2014
Following on the heels of Apple's announcement that moving forward they won't unlock devices for law enforcement or intelligence agencies, Google has stated that they too will soon leave devices encrypted regardless of law enforcement requests and warrants. The new functionality is coming as part of Google's next operation system, which has been in the works for months. "For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” Google told the Washington Post. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won't even have to think about turning it on.”
by Revcb 08:20AM Friday Sep 19 2014
• AT&T/DirecTV merger boosts incentive to kill copper service, opponents say [arstechnica.com]
• AT&T Launches New "Blazing-Fast" Internet Service For Businesses [marketwatch.com]
• Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with G.fast [convergedigest.com]
• South East Asia: We have spectrum crush! [zdnet.com]
• iOS 8's 2GB download caused UK internet traffic to surge by 60%, despite slow uptake [theguardian.com]
• Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police [washingtonpost.com]
• Verizon could sell as many as 12,500 cell towers [fiercewireless.com]
• Broadband regulation, resurgent cord-cutting pose 'wall of worry' for pay TV [fiercecable.com]
• Russia Seeks to Safeguard Itself From U.S. Internet Regulation [bloomberg.com]
by Karl Bode 06:55PM Thursday Sep 18 2014
To get their acquisition of NBC approved by regulators, Comcast proposed a merger condition requiring they provide $10, 1.5 Mbps broadband to all of the homes that qualify for the National School Lunch Program. This "Internet Essentials" program has seen significant criticism (and even protests) over the years for being a political show pony that in reality was intentionally hard to qualify for.story continues..
by Karl Bode 04:46PM Thursday Sep 18 2014
In a sane world, protecting the Internet marketplace from giant ISPs who've all-but purchased the government would be a bi-partisan issue, since everybody benefits from a healthy, vibrant broadband industry. But this isn't a sane world, and net neutrality over the last decade has become a highly toxic, partisan issue with Republicans generally against neutrality rules, and Democrats generally in favor of them (even if neither side understands half of the technical issues being discussed).story continues..
by Karl Bode 02:36PM Thursday Sep 18 2014
by Karl Bode 12:26PM Thursday Sep 18 2014
In a speech made yesterday before the U.S House of Representatives Committe on Small Business, FCC boss Tom Wheeler declared that the United States should stop funding the deployment of any speeds slower than 10 Mbps downstream. The speech is part of Wheeler's recent push to raise the minimum broadband definition from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up -- something that has been greeted with a significant amount of hand-wringing from incumbent ISPs.story continues..
by Karl Bode 10:37AM Thursday Sep 18 2014
In a new blog post Verizon hopes to somehow assure consumers and the public that they really are great lovers of an open Internet, despite a very long and clear history of proving the exact opposite. Verizon has spent $100 million to lobby Congress on net neutrality since 2009, and successfully sued to overturn FCC neutrality rules they themselves helped write just in case the FCC ever seriously decided to help consumers.story continues..
by Karl Bode 08:52AM Thursday Sep 18 2014
You can add Atlantic Broadband (see our user reviews) to the list of ISPs now offering a smattering of 1 Gbps services in highly select areas. The company has announced they've beaten AT&T to the punch and will soon offer a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to one relatively-small community in the Miami, Florida area.
Like so many announcements in this era of fiber to the press release, Atlantic fails to offer a price, schedule, or specific deployment metrics for their upcoming offering, though in a press release the company is quick to take a veiled shot at AT&T and pat itself on the back for its entirely-ambiguous offering:
quote:As it stands, the only Atlantic customers who can currently get the 1 Gbps speeds reside in Indian Creek Village, a wealthy island resort community comprised of "a golf course and 40 beachfront properties."
by Karl Bode 08:06AM Thursday Sep 18 2014
Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Conference this week, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts stated he was "cautiously optimistic" his company's mega-merger gets regulatory approval, despite the growing chorus of opposition to the deal. "All of the cable deals have always gone through," Roberts said. "The process is underway in earnest and we've got many states and local communities to already approve of the transfer." Comcast has set up this website and this list of people throwing their support behind the merger, and has worked hard to recommend voluntary conditions to regulators, such as a several year adherence to the FCC's defunct (and never very tough to begin with) net neutrality rules, and a continuation of Comcast's low-income "Internet Essentials" program.
by Revcb 07:55AM Thursday Sep 18 2014
• Sorry, AT&T and Verizon: 4Mbps isn’t fast enough for “broadband” - FCC chairman says Americans shouldn’t subsidize Internet service under 10Mbps [arstechnica.com]
• Net Neutrality Is Not 'The Government Takeover Of The Internet' - Or Why Republicans Should Support Reclassification [techdirt.com]
• Comcast CEO “Cautiously Optimistic” He Can Shove TWC Merger Down Regulators’ Throats [consumerist.com]
• Atlantic Broadband First to Deliver 1 Gigabit Internet Service in the Greater Miami Area [marketwatch.com]
• Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants [washingtonpost.com]
• In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo scores Virgin Atlantic deal [gigaom.com]
• Android Browser flaw a “privacy disaster” for half of Android users [arstechnica.com]
• Verizon starts rolling out VoLTE, but on only 2 phones to start [fiercewireless.com]
• Why T-Mobile needs Wi-Fi calling: its network can’t match AT&T and Verizon [arstechnica.com]
• 1 in 5 homes still not connected to Internet [usatoday.com]
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