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FCC to require faster speeds for broadband subsidies

The FCC will require broadband providers getting new federal subsidies to build networks in rural areas that deliver download speeds of at least 10Mbps.

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With Comcast's Ethernet @Home, your holiday break could be even more like work

Work follows millions of people home every night, and Comcast Business wants to take that bittersweet reality to another level.

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Academics urge FCC to enforce net neutrality on case-by-case basis

The FTC should weigh in on net neutrality and encourage the FCC to back away from calls to regulate broadband like a public utility, a group of 32 academics argued.

Gigabit speeds over telephone wires? Yes, thanks to new G.fast standard

The G.fast technology that lets copper telephone wires compete with fiber has finally been standardized, opening the way for affordable, interoperable equipment running at up to 1Gbps.

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Fastest LTE speed -- 450Mbps -- will be out of reach for most users

LTE's theoretical maximum download speed will increase to 450Mbps next year -- but many mobile operators simply don't have enough radio spectrum to offer it.

Google Fiber will soon be offered in Austin

Google prices its gigabit-Internet service in Austin at $70 a month

Google will offer a basic version of its broadband service for no monthly charge when it launches soon in Austin, Texas; faster 1Gbps service will be $70 per month.

FCC chairman offers no timeline for net neutrality decision

The FCC has no public timeline for voting on proposed net neutrality rules, despite pressure from President Barack Obama and some net neutrality advocates.

Telephone tax increase part of FCC chairman's plan for Internet fund

A proposed 16-cent fee increase on your telephone bill would go toward improving Internet access for kids in school and libraries.

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Net neutrality proposal could lead to broadband taxes, opponents say

President Obama's call for the Federal Communications Commission to pass net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility is a bad idea that could raise broadband prices by 16 percent or more, a parade of...

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FCC seeks fiber-optic delay data from AT&T

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday formally requested that AT&T provide all documents and data related to its planned fiber-optic cable buildouts nationwide.

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Online video moguls team up to set standards, meet growing demand

Some of the most powerful companies in video networks and delivery plan to define an open architecture for streaming video as part of a new alliance that includes Cisco Systems, Comcast, Ustream and Yahoo, but not Netflix or YouTube.

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AT&T sees delays on fiber rollouts of 'two to three years'

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today implied it could be two or three years before AT&T starts investing again in fiber optic network rollouts while it waits for net neutrality rules to be settled.

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Cisco joins chorus against Obama's net neutrality plan

Add Cisco Systems to the list of companies saying that regulating ISPs to insure net neutrality would hurt business.

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Google Fiber opens to small businesses in Kansas City area

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AT&T delays fiber optic plans pending net neutrality debate

AT&T plans to delay its ambitious fiber optic cable investments in 100 cities until U.S. regulators define the rules for net neutrality.

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Obama misses the elephant in the net-neutrality room

President Barack Hussein Obama II wants FCC to do Title II. But, as ever, it doesn't address the real issue with the USA's broadband. In IT Blogwatch, bipartisan bloggers bury Barry.

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No bandwidth broad enough

Our ability to communicate across distance continues to improve, but will being online ever be equivalent to being there? Should it be?

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FCC to take more time on net neutrality following Obama's position

Following President Obama's statement today backing net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission said it won't consider the issue at its December meeting and will put off rules changes until 2015.

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