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So long, copper!

Verizon Communications plans to stop selling stand-alone DSL connections to customers as of May 6. After that date, new subscribers will have to get their DSL bundled with a landline. So consumers get slow broadband and are forced to goose Verizon’s dying land line subscriptions. Read more »

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Rich people have phones, like apps and want to buy things using said phones. A study from the Luxury Institute offers some facts and figures around this “trend,” but what’s really worth pondering is how to create luxury mobile experiences to help drive commerce. Read more »

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Are fewer competitors better for mobile broadband customers? Yes, according to a new study, which seemingly ignores trends in mobile network architecture that intended to address the capacity crunch the author’s see, thus undermining the assumptions on which the theory is based. Read more »

Copper. It's not going anywhere.

Vectoring, a technology that eliminates crosstalk on a DSL line can boost speeds on existing copper to up to 100 Mbps. And apparently service providers are interested in testing it out, according to Telebyte, which launched the first gear capable of testing how vectored lines perform. Read more »

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The idea of software defined networking enabled by the open-source OpenFlow protocol is under threat from corporations intent on using the OpenFlow name and the promise of software defined networking to lock buyers into their gear, according to a Big Switch Networks executive. Read more »

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An open data standard for food has emerged on the web. This way restaurants, food apps, grocery stores, the government and other interested parties can tell that arugula is also rocket salad, no matter where on the web it occurs. Read more »

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If there were an Olympics of pushing the broadband envelope, Verzon would consistently take the gold, because the carrier is always testing out new superfast broadband in its labs and in its test networks. Today’s speed record is 21.7 terabits per second in field trials. Read more »

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