• FCC Wants High-Speed Internet for the Masses

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:32 pm

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has shared some details about the upcoming National Broadband Plan that will be sent to Congress in March, including plans to bring 100 M bps (bits per second) high-speed internet service to 100 million homes across the United States.
  • FCC's 100 Megabits to the Home: What It Means To You

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    There's little debate that the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet use. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 100 million Americans don't have broadband at home because they either can't get it, can't afford it, or aren't aware of its benefits. Some 65 percent of U.S. households have broadband, a far lower adoption rate than in other technologically advanced countries such as Singapore (88 percent) or South Korea (95 percent).
  • U.S. broadband adoption sees significant spike

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    Broadband usage has increased significantly over the past two years, as 63.5% of U.S. households now report having broadband connections.
  • Broadband stimulus provides windfall for rural New York

    Posted February 12, 2010 - 10:09 pm

    While several broadband buildouts have received tens of millions of dollars from the federal government, the largest so far is a project that will deploy high-speed broadband all throughout New York State.
  • Google in the broadband business? Hardly

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 3:21 pm

    Nothing is simple when Google is involved, as the company's "Think Big With a Gig" experimental fiber-optic network announcement yesterday once again makes evident.
  • Google Gigabit Broadband: Progress vs. Profits

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Google announced plans to test broadband speeds up to 100 times faster than current standards.
  • Google to carriers: 'Anything you can do, we can do better'

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Not content to merely challenge Internet carriers in the mobile phone world, Google is now challenging them in the fiber world as well.
  • Google's Ultra-Fast Broadband: Questions and Answers

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    I don't know if you've heard, but Google's adding some fiber into its diet.
  • Mass. city becomes testing ground for boosting broadband adoption

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 9:18 pm

    Increasing broadband adoption isn't just about building out networks in underserved areas -- it's also about telling people who don't use broadband what they're missing.
  • Lawmaker pushes for new broadband funding

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 10:24 am

    The U.S. government should spend more on broadband adoption by redirecting money from a fund that subsidizes traditional telephone service to high-speed Internet service, a U.S. lawmaker said Tuesday.
  • Delay to broadband investment provokes outrage in Italy

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Officials are holding up funds due to the financial crisis.
  • Surprise: McCain Biggest Beneficiary of Telco/ISP Money

    Posted October 24, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is the top recipient of campaign contributions from large Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast over the past two years, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Five Big Hopes for Net Neutrality

    Posted October 23, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    With the Federal Communications Commission approving a process to formalize network neutrality rules, a period of official debate begins on how our Internet traffic is managed, as if there wasn't enough debate already. In a nutshell, the FCC wants to stop Internet service providers from slowing down or blocking particular uses, such as peer-to-peer downloading, as long as they're legal.
  • Net neutrality could lead to inexpensive, high-quality broadband services for businesses

    Posted October 23, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Net neutrality could lead to inexpensive, high-quality broadband services for businesses.
  • Anxiety over net neutrality grips SuperComm

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Carriers, vendors at Supercomm express reservations, worry about new FCC proposed rules on net neutrality.
  • Challenges mount as broadband grows

    Posted October 18, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    If it is true that as Gartner says the US will add over 27 million new broadband customers in the next four year, service providers and the FCC need to address a whole host of issues from pricing to services lest there be mass confusion and tons of consumer complaints.
  • Finland Makes Broadband a Legal Right

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    The Finnish government has done what no other nation has; it has made broadband Internet access a guaranteed legal right of its citizens. According to Finnish news site YLE, The Ministry of Transport and Communications says everyone in the country will be entitled to a guaranteed 1 Mbit connection by next July. This is fascinating, but it's really only half the story.
  • Fast, Universal Broadband: Dirty Secret about the Roadblock

    Posted September 7, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    Where's the fastest broadband service? The FCC's effort to expand availability of high-speed Internet access throughout the U.S. offers a clue as to where -- and why -- the best services exist.
  • Broadband subsidy: too much money, but mostly well targeted

    Posted July 6, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    A few weeks ago I aired my worries about how the broadband funding in the Federal stimulus package was going to be spent. The government has now released documentation on that part of the package, and so far things look mostly OK.
  • BT opts not to deploy Phorm behavioral ad system

    Posted July 6, 2009 - 9:58 am

    BT says it wants to invest in broadband technology instead but is still interested in Phorm's Webwise.
  • The Internet Devalues Everything It Touches

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    The column by Tom Foremski entitled The Internet Devalues Everything It Touches takes a fascinating look at many of the issues faced by companies in this connected age. If you're in any type of “white collar” business, the Internet either has caused big changes to your operations or it soon will.

  • US agencies require net neutrality with broadband grants

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    Two U.S. agencies tasked with distributing about US$7.2 billion in broadband deployment grants and loans over the next 15 months have released an official list of funding rules, imposing net-neutrality clauses on grant applicants.
  • Broadband stimulus exempted from 'buy American'

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    The networking industry is too globalized even to determine whether equipment is U.S.-made, the Commerce Department says
  • 48% of Americans would slash mobile data use to save money

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    Nearly half of Americans would drop their mobile data service completely if faced with a need to cut household spending, according to new data from research firm Strategy Analytics.
  • Comcast lengthens IPv6 lead

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Last week, Comcast was among the first carriers to demonstrate end-to-end IPv6 transmission for residential broadband customers.
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