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by Karl Bode 01:05PM Monday Aug 18 2014
While Comcast certainly has its faults, the cable giant has led the way when it comes to IPv6 deployment while many larger ISPs have napped. Comcast recently announced they've officially completed their residential IPv6 deployments, and around 30% of their customers are now actively running IPv6. The company says they expect customer adoption to reach around 50% by the end of next year.

"The deployment of IPv6 is a critical step in supporting the growing needs of the Internet, as IPv4 resources, engineered and brought to fruition over 30 years ago, continue to dwindle due to the explosion of devices hooked into the global network," states the company.

For those interested, the Internet Society recently released the latest breakdown of IPv6 adoption rates by carrier, noting that Verizon Wireless has reached 53.55%, AT&T has reached 20%, and Time Warner Cable has reached 10%.

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by Karl Bode 12:32PM Thursday Aug 14 2014
For years our users have complained of phantom Comcast charges -- especially Comcast's tendency to charge customers modem rental fees even when they own the modem. Another classic Comcast blunder is the tendency to charge users for unreturned equipment fees -- even when all of the equipment has very clearly been returned.
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by Karl Bode 02:53PM Wednesday Aug 13 2014
If you've been having problems accessing DSLReports.com and a flood of other websites this week, you're not alone. The problem, as it turns out, was experienced by tier-one and last mile ISPs alike across much of North America.
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by spamster 06:01PM Thursday Aug 07 2014
When I first came across FreedomPop advertising their free services, I naturally figured that it was too good to be true. After all, how can a cell phone company be successful if they don't charge for their services? At the time, I didn't bother to look into it any further until I came across an ad for their reconditioned Wi-Fi router from Newegg for only $15, which included 500MB/month of usage for free.
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by Karl Bode 06:30PM Tuesday Jul 29 2014
About a month ago, news leaked out that Google was working on an updated version of the set top box units used for their Google Fiber deployments. Now Dave Zatz has a little more detail on the device(s), which will retain the sleek, black styling of the current units.
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by Karl Bode 04:53PM Friday Jul 25 2014
Last month Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (pdf), which aims to make unlocking one's cell phone technically legal again, even if it doesn't fully address the myriad of problems with the DMCA. In January of last year unlocking your cellphone technically became illegal after the Librarian of Congress removed it from the DMCA exception list.
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by Karl Bode 08:29AM Thursday Jul 24 2014
As I noted last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been cooking up a new open-source firmware that the group claims will make it easier for users to more securely share their Wi-Fi connection. The EFF's new firmware is now available for download, though the group warns the firmware (based on the CeroWRT fork of OpenWRT) is a "work in progress and is intended only for developers and people willing to deal with the bleeding edge." If any of our numerous bleeding edge readers are willing to experiment with the firmware, we'd love to pay you to share your thoughts with the DSLReports community.

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by Karl Bode 09:25AM Wednesday Jul 23 2014
The inventory issues that plagued Comcast's deployment of their newish X1 set top box late last year are a thing of the past, and the company is speeding up deployment of the more sophisticated set top. “Our X1 additions nearly doubled this quarter, and we are looking again at further increasing the eligibility,” Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said on this weeks earnings call with analysts and the media. Comcast has long offered the set top to triple play customers, and recently started offering it to double play customers.

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by Karl Bode 04:34PM Tuesday Jul 22 2014
Back in March I pointed your attention to a study that noted just 30% of all consumers had even heard of 4KTV, and of that 30%, less than a third actually had a 4K set. Four months later and a new study notes that of broadband users, just 17% have any idea what 4KTV is.
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by Karl Bode 08:14AM Monday Jul 21 2014
Multichannel News has uncovered an FCC filing that suggests TiVO and Comcast are working together on a new set top box that would eliminate the CableCARD. An FCC filing doesn't get into technical specifics or illustrate clearly how this new implementation would work, but most assume it would involve some downloadable version of video security. "This agreement demonstrates that the marketplace is working to provide innovative device solutions for consumers to access MVPD services and thereby advance the Commission’s navigation device goals,” Comcast and TiVo state in the filing. Comcast says they'll offer the tech to other cable companies 'on commercially reasonable terms."

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by Karl Bode 10:40AM Thursday Jul 17 2014
Last month Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (pdf), which aims to make unlocking one's cell phone technically legal again, even if it doesn't fully address the myriad of problems with the DMCA. In January of last year unlocking your cellphone technically became illegal after the Librarian of Congress removed it from the DMCA exception list.
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by Karl Bode 05:12PM Thursday Jul 10 2014
Last month Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (pdf), which aims to make unlocking one's cell phone technically legal again, even if it doesn't fully address the myriad of problems with the DMCA. This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee led by Leahy and Grassley approved the bill, pushing it closer to a broad vote (and a gauntlet of lobbyists who'll try to water it down). "Enabling consumers to unlock mobile devices will improve competition in the wireless market by making it easier to switch from one carrier to another," says consumer group Public Knowledge of the bill. "It is an important first step toward a fuller discussion of DMCA reform."

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by Karl Bode 08:52AM Thursday Jul 10 2014
Sprint this week unveiled the company's new LivePro LTE hotspot, which does a little bit of everything -- including operating as a mini digital projector a mobile hotspot, back-up battery, and stand-alone media streaming device. According to the Sprint announcement, the device also has a four-inch touchscreen and runs Android 4.2, allowing you to install apps directly to the unit. According to Sprint the LivePro is available starting July 11 for $450, or 24 payments of $18.75.

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by Karl Bode 02:21PM Wednesday Jul 09 2014
Alcatel Lucent this week announced that they've achieved yet another data transmission speed record over copper lines. According to the company's announcement, Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has transmitted data at speeds of 10 Gbps over copper using a technology they're calling XG-Fast. XG-Fast won't be made commercially available until sometime in 2015, according to the company. As is usually the case these advancements come with great distance restrictions; 10 Gbps was achieved using bonded pairs over a distance of just thirty meters.

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by Karl Bode 03:49PM Tuesday Jul 08 2014
For years the FCC has had a rather flimsy definition of what constitutes broadband, something that benefits the industry by making speed and penetration statistics look much better than they actually are. As a result, every time the FCC proposes to raise that bar -- whether that was the belated previous moves to 768 kbps or to 3 Mbps -- the all-too comfortable, uncompetitive broadband industry whines -- because it might force them to work just a little bit harder.
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by Karl Bode 10:40AM Monday Jul 07 2014
Google's working hard on an update to the rather minimalist, black set top boxes the company uses for their Google Fiber TV service. Dave Zatz at Zatz Not Funny noticed the new device over at the FCC website. The GFHD200 will replace the GFHD100, and will integrate 10/100 Ethernet, MoCA 1.1/2.0, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI 1.4. Zatz also notes Google's cooking up a new remote for the device that uses Bluetooth LE. There's no indication yet of what the new device will look like or when we'll see an official release.

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by Karl Bode 03:08PM Tuesday Jul 01 2014
Several years ago studies began to indicate the the average cable box is one of the biggest gobblers of energy in the home, and while the industry has promised to follow new rules set by the U.S. Energy Department, it doesn't appear to be helping yet.
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by Karl Bode 09:00AM Tuesday Jun 24 2014
In January of last year unlocking your cellphone technically became illegal after the Librarian of Congress removed it from the DMCA exception list. It technically remains legal for you to jailbreak your phone, but you can't unlock it without carrier permission.
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by Karl Bode 02:23PM Thursday Jun 19 2014
Police in New York, San Francisco and London claim they've seen a dip in smartphone thefts, something police are claiming is courtesy of a new push for "kill switch" technology that can render a phone useless if stolen. NY Attorney General Eric T.
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by Karl Bode 05:32PM Wednesday Jun 18 2014
Today Amazon unveiled their long-expected new smartphone in Seattle, and as rumors suggested, it will be an AT&T exclusive. According to AT&T's website, Amazon's new "Fire Phone" won't be quite as cheap (or as, oh, free) as many news outlets predicted, the 32 GB version costing $200 and the 64 GB version costing $300 -- both prices requiring a two year contract.
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