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That theory about LED lightbulbs transmitting data? It's true. Li-Fi is here.

Yes, multiple tests have shown that LED lighting fixtures can transmit wireless data at very competitive high speeds. A commercial product started shipping several months ago.

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Are cellular operators trying to kill Wi-Fi?

The Wi-Fi industry is concerned about plans by cellular operators to deploy an unlicensed version of the global 4G standard on frequencies already occupied by Wi-Fi networks.

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Underappreciated and underrated, voice over LTE is here

VoLTE is still a voice product, but recent developments show how easily it can offer much more to enterprises.

Officials question FCC's broadband subsidy plan

Several groups and elected officials have objected to parts of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's plan to expand telephone subsidies for low-income people to include broadband service.

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Gogo gets thumbs up for speedy in-flight broadband in the U.S.

In-flight broadband provider Gogo's 2Ku technology has been approved by the FAA, opening the door for data speeds up to 70M bps.

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Verizon preps super-fast 10Gbps broadband

Verizon engineers have finished testing a new fiber optic network capable of 10Gbps, or 10 times the speed of Google Fiber and some other rival networks.

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Windows 10 roll-out will break Internet traffic records

Microsoft will break Internet traffic records this week as it begins to distribute Windows 10.

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AT&T-DirecTV deal headed for FCC approval with conditions

AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV appears headed for approval, with Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, circulating to commissioners an order recommending approval, although with some conditions.

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding

City funding of entire networks is one option for local officials looking to improve broadband networks, a report says

Google, ISPs join feds to offer free broadband to low-income families

Google and seven other ISPs have joined a new U.S. government pilot program to connect 275,000 low-income households to the Internet for free or at reduced rates.

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Broadband for all

The FCC should follow through on the proposal to extend the Lifeline program to broadband, but more needs to be done to close a digital divide that has become a digital chasm.

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Fiber broadband access can boost home values

The availability of really fast broadband in your neighborhood could increase your home's value by more than 3%.

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FCC's Wheeler defends net neutrality, discounts investment fears

Predictions from net neutrality opponents that regulations would choke off broadband investment haven't come true, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.

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Can Wi-Fi offloading finally give the mobile Internet some breathing space?

Offloading some wireless traffic to Wi-Fi networks is finally a concept that wireless carriers are not only considering, but in the case of Sprint, actively deploying. So is the fix for mobile capacity here? Unfortunately, not quite....

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New modems to fuel superfast broadband over copper

Alcatel-Lucent and chipmaker Sckipio Technologies are debuting modem technology that will help make speeds of hundreds of megabit per second over copper cables a reality.

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Four things to look for as net neutrality rules take effect

The FCC's net neutrality rules went into effect Friday. Here's what to watch out for as regulators begin to enforce them.

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New net neutrality rules begin Friday as appeals court denies delay requests

A U.S. appeals court has denied requests by several broadband providers and trade groups to delay the FCC's net neutrality rules.

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House panel votes to delay net neutrality rules

Republicans 'sneak' a net neutrality rules delay into an appropriations bill

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