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Software bugs most common cause for mobile Internet outages, study says

The outages affected 1.4 million user connections on average per incident

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FCC chairman wants more high-speed broadband competition

U.S. residents lack meaningful choices for broadband providers that offer 25Mbps or faster download speeds, so the FCC will push for more competition, the agency's chairman said Thursday.

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FCC told to leave state laws against municipal broadband intact

The FCC is being urged to stay out of the way of states that have passed laws prohibiting or limiting city-funded broadband networks that compete with private services.

SAP, a devices company? Patent application points that way

While SAP has made a big push into mobile software and device management, it hasn't made overt moves into the devices market -- yet.

But it looks so nice now!

It's summer, the time of year at this large wholesale plant nursery when business is slow and supervisors decide to spiff up their work areas, reports an IT pilot fish there. "Shortly after this particular office's re-do, we...

Like he said, he didn't see it

This sales organization has older users scattered around the country, which makes IT support a challenge, says a pilot fish on the job. "We use Joinme to connect to their PCs to assist with any desktop related issues," fish says....

22-carat catch-22

This jewelry store keeps reporting that its employees can't connect to the Internet -- and this field engineer pilot fish keeps getting sent out by the telco to fix the problem. "It's been going on once a week for about three...

Is it pretty? No. But safe? Yeah, pretty much.

It's a few years ago, and this office needs an expedient way to send documents to another office in the same building, reports a pilot fish on the scene. "Office A's fax machine was often quite tied up, and email implementation...

OK, that part HASN'T changed

This IT pilot fish was a manager for years, but after the recession hits he finds himself back in a hands-on support job -- and that's not the only change. "In a cost-cutting measure, the company I ended up working for has...

The #1 backup network: still Sneakernet

IT pilot fish working for an educational program gets a call late one evening from an employee who says the Internet has stopped working. And fish has some experience with this user. "I asked her a couple of questions to determine...

Juniper to cut more than 500 jobs, close facilities

Juniper Networks will lay off about 6% of its workforce and back out of application delivery controllers as part of a restructuring intended to cut costs and focus the company on markets where it can grow fast.

You know, that OTHER Asia

It's just a few years ago, and this pilot fish works for a big Silicon Valley software company that sells its wares around the world. "I was traveling through Southeast Asia," says fish. "My VPN connections back to the head office...

The $13 accessory every Chromebook owner should carry

It's been years since I've traveled with any computer other than a Chromebook. For the kind of work I do on the go (and at home, for that matter), Chrome OS is perfect for my needs: It's fast, light, and hassle-free -- and it makes...

Stanford team tries for zippier Wi-Fi in crowded buildings

Having lots of Wi-Fi networks packed into a condominium or apartment building can hurt everyone's wireless performance, but Stanford University researchers say they've found a way to turn crowding into an advantage.

AT&T brings 'radical' network changes with SDN

AT&T is remaking its infrastructure as a 'user-defined network cloud' in the pursuit of greater flexibility, lower costs and faster response to user needs, the carrier's infrastructure chief said.

The next wave of cars may use Ethernet

As vehicle computers and peripheral devices require greater data throughput, especially in light of autonomous driving features, Ethernet will find a new home inside your car.

Gift, horse, mouth -- you know the drill

Flashback to the mid-1990s, when this Air Force pilot fish's duties include being "the computer guy" for his unit. "A Navy guy came to me one day with an offer: They were co-located on our Air Force base, and he had been tasked...

Munch munch munch

Pilot fish is co-managing a call center for a university when he answers a call from one very distraught professor. "He claimed he couldn't get to his research on the local servers," says fish. "We discovered he couldn't ping the...

Upgrade, downgrade

This manufacturer gets the local telco to provide a Metro Ethernet network to connect seven local plants together, and it all seems to work fine, reports a pilot fish on the scene. "We're consolidating storage resources at the...

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