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[15 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 744 views]

It is a step forward, but hardly the great leap many had hoped for. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has significantly boosted its minimum broadband standard, more than doubling the download speed to 10Mbps from 4Mbps.
“According to recent data, …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[12 Dec 2014 | One Comment | 1,398 views]

For capitalist fundamentalists and their lickspittles, the Comcast + Time Warner Cable merger is a no brainer. Those one percenters aside, Mega Comcast will be the marriage of the nation’s two most-hated corporations — what could possibly be right with …

Broadband »

[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 875 views]

The future of the internet is gigabit fiber broadband and Google Fiber is leading the charge. That said, Austin, TX is the next city getting Google Fiber and, starting today, people can sign up for $70 a month gigabit fiber …

iPhone, Tech »

[23 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 623 views]

By now, everyone knows that Apple’s 2014 iPhones aren’t protected by nearly unbreakable sapphire glass. And, sadly enough, although the company owns the furnaces and factory, Apple sapphire may very well be a dead concept.
Why? Apple sapphire partner, GT Advanced …

Tech »

[20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 655 views]

At turn of the millennium, Microsoft Internet Explorer had decisively won the first browser war. However, in 2003, Apple put out a little afterthought of a browser, Safari, based on the open source WebKit. Now, Google’s Chrome fork of WebKit …

Broadband »

[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,155 views]

Here is a really, really beautiful idea that. If successful, it’s a concept that should be replicated in cities around the United States and the world. Behold the CityBridge network of WiFi hotspots that will replace New York City’s aging …

Broadband »

[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 942 views]

No ditching (aka digging up the sidewalks and streets) to bury fiber optic cables means delivering fiber to the home in some Seattle neighborhoods is relatively cheap and easy. A scrappy little company, CondoInternet, will start wiring homes for fiber …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[31 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 938 views]

Make more money while losing bleeding customers due to industry worst customer satisfaction? That is a pretty neat trick and exactly what Time Warner Cable said it accomplished in the third quarter of 2014. Naturally, the secret to their …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[29 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 1,023 views]

Back in 2008, at the beginning of the great recession and the Fairer Platform family dropped cable TV, people didn’t know what “cord cutter” meant. These days, however, cord cutting is all the rage and broadband only homes, like ours, …

Broadband »

[24 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 640 views]

The world runs on free WiFi. Fortunes have been launched, notably FourSquare and Yelp, by threadbare innovators taking advantage of free WiFi. So, whether you lack an innovative idea or an open access point, there is probably a free WiFi …

Broadband »

[20 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 1,747 views]

No one is on the verge of rolling out 10Gbps fiber broadband just yet, but South Korea’s SK Telecom has joined Bell Labs and Google Fiber in talking about über fast internet. That said, SK will join Bell Labs in …

Broadband »

[9 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 761 views]

And, by fiber, I mean both the strength of character and optical varieties. So what’s the difference between your city and The Dalles, Oregon? Three discordant facts come to mind: 1.) the town has just 13,000 people, 2.) owns a …

Broadband »

[2 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 13,890 views]

The good people at Akamai have published their annual State of the Internet Report and, just like last year, the United States doesn’t have fastest internet. In fact, the country that invented nearly all of the technologies, hardware and physical …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 1,194 views]

Back in the day, everyone hated the phone company. But starting in the ’80s, a combination of government action and then market forces made things better. These days, the most hated companies are broadband internet and pay TV providers.
These are …

Tech »

[29 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 828 views]

Today is the last day of McDonald’s two-week-long free coffee giveaway. What else is today? It’s National Coffee Break Day and the good people at Krispy Kreme are celebrating it by giving away coffee!
Take your much needed coffee break on …