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A Third of American’s Lack Choice of Broadband Providers

According to an Internet Access Services Report, only two thirds of Americans have a choice of more than one broadband service provider delivering service of more than 10 Mbps. The study summarized responses from the end of 2015. It also found that in many cases, this...
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YouTube enables 4K Live Streaming

YouTube has supported 4K for several years, but it just recently announced 4K streaming. This marks a huge step for live streaming content, which has taken hold in popular social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. By being one of the first to support this new...
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Facebook’s New Wi-Fi Finder

There’s been recent talk of Facebook testing a new feature that will assist users in finding free and public Wi-Fi hotspots. This new feature comes in addition Facebook’s existing Wi-Fi solution for businesses, which enable them to offer free Wi-Fi to customers who...
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Mobile Broadband Reaches 84% of the Globe

84% of the world’s population now has access to mobile broadband (otherwise known as 3G and 4G). That’s according to this year’s Measuring the Information Society Report by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Actual penetration or...
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Charter Signals Its Plans to Become a Wireless Provider

Charter has filed with the FCC its intention to become a wireless provider. The company plans to use its 300k-strong network of Wi-Fi hotspots to undergird the service, while using Verizon’s LTE network when users are out of range. While details about what the service...
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Windstream and Earthlink Announce Merger

Windstream announced that it has acquired fellow ISP Earthlink. The deal is an all-stock transaction valued at around $1.1 billion dollars, including debt. Earthlink, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, serves more than 150,000 businesses and about 1 million consumers, and...

What to Do with a 10 Gbps Connection

A customer in Chattanooga, TN was able to sign up for a service providing an Internet connection that delivers an almost unimaginable 10 Gbps. A local provider, EPB, launched the service last year for $300 a month with free installation, no contracts, and no early...

The Coming 5 GHz Bandwidth Squeeze

It’s fairly common knowledge that Wi-Fi networking uses two frequencies: 2.4 and 5 GHz. It also been established that the 2.4 GHz band, which has been around forever, suffers from heavy doses of interference: Bluetooth devices, microwaves, wireless mice, cordless...

AT&T Poised to Acquire Time Warner

AT&T announced recently that it purchased Time Warner Inc. for more than $85 billion, which works out to $107.50 per share. Both companies expect the deal to close before the end of next year. If it pans out, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson would become the new...

CenturyLink Makes Play for Fiber with Level 3 Acquisition

CenturyLink announced that it will acquire fiber networking company Level 3 Communications. When complete, the deal will result in CenturyLink becoming the second largest fiber network provider in the U.S., positioning the company well in its competition with AT&T...

Gigabit Delivers Hidden Benefits

A recent study, underwritten by the broadband industry, threw shade at cities who have deployed gigabit connections within their boundaries, suggesting that “nobody is sure what (gigabit) is good for.” While it’s true that there’s no “killer app” out there that...

WiGig to Come to More Devices Next Year

According to reports, the Wi-Fi Alliance is starting to certify devices that feature the super-fast Wi-Fi standard known as WiGig. WiGig doubles Wi-Fi’s current top speeds, with the caveat that it only works over a short range–around 30 feet–so the user must be in the...

The Potential of 5G

When asked about 5G wireless, a typical consumer probably knows about it as something that features faster speeds than existing wireless networks. However, 5G is a game-changing technology that will enable users to download full HD videos in seconds, interface with...

When Less is More: Low Power WiFi for the IoT

The WiFi Alliance recently introduced a new low-power, long-range WiFi solution called Wi-Fi HaLow™ that could shake things up for the Internet of Things (IoT). What is Low-power WiFi? Low-power WiFi operates on a lower frequency, specifically 900MHz (0.9 GHz). This...

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