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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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The Internet of Growing Things

As the American farm grows increasingly connected, the need for rural broadband will rise.

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The IoT needs more wireless spectrum

And the FCC is perverting the process of allocating spectrum via auction.

Charter close to $55B deal to buy Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is apparently near a $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a deal that would create a broadband powerhouse in the U.S.

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The laser fix to broadband capacity is almost here

Google thinks it can bolster Internet capacity and connectivity with Project Loon. Microsoft has just invested in more underseas cables to keep its cloud-based operations flowing smoothly. There are all sorts of proposals to address...

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Law firm challenges net neutrality rules as too weak

The FCC faces a novel challenge to its recent net neutrality rules: a communications law firm is arguing the regulations aren't strong enough.

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