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Google backs $300M undersea fiber optic cable to Japan

Google is joining forces with five Asian telecommunications firms to build and operate an underwater cable system from the U.S. to Japan to support rising bandwidth usage and better link its data centers in other parts of the world.


FCC chairman downplays Obama comments on net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman's view of net neutrality rules and President Barack Obama's are not as different as some reports this week have suggested, the chairman said Friday.

Big tech firms back Wi-FAR for remote broadband

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are cranking up an emerging wireless technology known as Wi-FAR to help reduce the digital divide in remote and unconnected regions of the world.

Majority of large ISPs now using monthly data caps, GAO says

U.S. broadband providers appear to be embracing monthly data caps, but customers are confused about the amount of data they use and broadband plan options, according to preliminary findings by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

13 Tools for Web Developers to Use on Android Devices

Android mobile devices, while not typically thought of as places where development work gets done, can offer surprisingly useful apps to help developers get the job done, anywhere.

Why I came crawling back to Comcast

Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Five years ago I kicked out Comcast, cut the cable TV cord, and went to my local telco provider, FairPoint Communications, for high-speed Internet service. Now I'm giving Comcast a second...

FCC swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Web comments form crashed Tuesday morning in the hours before the agency's first deadline for submitting comments on its net neutrality proposal.

Republicans call on FCC to leave net neutrality to antitrust agencies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should leave net neutrality enforcement to antitrust agencies that can bring lawsuits against broadband providers after they see evidence of anti-competitive behavior, some U.S. lawmakers...

Most ISPs don't deliver on their advertised broadband speeds

An ongoing nationwide performance study of broadband service in the U.S. shows broadband speeds don't measure up to advertised rates.

The Onion shows us that things can always get worse with Comcast

Comcast has been in the news a lot lately for everything from a potential merger with Time Warner to its plans to cap Internet use for everyone. The public has generally not been too happy about these changes. And now the satirical...

US lawmakers introduce bill banning paid prioritization online

A group of U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would prohibit broadband providers from charging Web content generators for priority traffic management.

Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for $5.7B to upgrade metro coverage

Level 3 Communication is buying TW Telecom for approximately $5.7 billion in an effort to boost its metropolitan footprint of fixed networks.

The FCC is looking into Internet service complaints from Netflix and consumers

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is looking into complaints from Netflix and some Internet backbone providers that several large broadband providers have been refusing for years to upgrade their backbone connections as a way

Netflix continues to thumb its nose at Verizon in bandwidth fight

After Verizon issued a cease-and-desist letter to Netflix for calling out poor broadband service, Netflix shot back,r saying poor streaming video quality rests squarely with ISPs.

Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same, says Cisco

All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite net neutrality advocates' calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems said.

Verizon threatens to sue Netflix in war of words over video quality

Verizon Communications has threatened to sue Netflix after the video streaming company started displaying error messages that blamed Verizon for low-quality video streams.

Deluge of net neutrality comments hits FCC website after Oliver rallies audience

After a comedic video about net neutrality became a YouTube hit, more than 22,000 comments about proposed net neutrality rules flooded the website of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, and the traffic locked up the agency's...

House bill would bar FCC from reclassifying broadband as utility

A U.S. lawmaker has introduced legislation that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband as a common-carrier utility, a move many net neutrality advocates have called for.

Net neutrality: Reclassifying broadband would mean a long fight

Advocates of strong net neutrality rules are calling for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a regulated utility, but such a move would trigger a lengthy court fight between the agency and broadband...

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