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The U.S. now has over 83 million broadband subscribers

Large phone and cable companies added nearly half-a-million broadband subscribers during the third quarter of 2013. The U.S. seems to be on its way to 100 million subscribers, and Comcast seems to be the big winner of the broadband sweepstakes.

Science, politics and the optics of broadband

From 2.5 Gbps in 1990 to 400G in 2012, the optical technology keeps getting better. Good news for Internet. What’s bad is that our access to the Internet remains in control of oligopolies who are the real gatekeepers of our broadband future, not science or technology.

Plexxi will reinvent networking for a scaled out era

Plexxi has made a new networking box that it calls a switch, but is radically different from the switches on the market today. The switch contains software plus an optical transceiver that link to other Plexxi boxes to form a fast connection between thousands of servers.

Infinera tests 8 Tbps speeds on older fiber

Not all fiber optic cable is created equal, and miles of older fiber deployed in Japan aren’t able to keep up with the latests electronics. This is why a test that delivered 8Tbps of bandwidth across DSF fiber in Japan is s big deal.

Gigabit Squared plans fiber broadband for Chicago’s south side

Chicago will become the first city to receive a fiber network as part of Gigabit Squared’s college town connectivity program. The Windy City may not be your classic college town, but the University of Chicago’s south side neighborhood makes an interesting testbed for the technology.

Reliance in trouble. Flag Telecom cancels $1B IPO

Flag Telecom, an undersea cable operator owned by India’s Reliance Communications has cancelled its $1 billion IPO due to market conditions. The failure to launch has implications for its debt laden parent, which is trying desperately to find a way out of a $7 billion mess.

Researchers take wireless to ludicrous speed at 2.5 Tbps

Researchers showed off a way to deliver speeds of 2.5 terabits per second over wireless networks — 500,000 times faster than the current low-end LTE speeds and 5,000 times faster than 5.5 gigabits per second, which is the fastest theoretical wireless broadband I’ve encountered.

Why you will need a 300 Mbps broadband connection

Verizon’s newly launched 300 Mbps-tier is expensive. What’s amazing here isn’t the price, but the audience for high speed broadband. Verizon expects roughly 70 percent of FiOS customers to take speeds of 50 Mbps or higher — the top-of-the-line speeds four years ago.

We need a Broadband-to-Work program

Much like the welfare-to-work reform bill had bipartisan support because it moved people from welfare into a job, the FCC needs to reform the Lifeline program to provide broadband so it moves people from government assistance into jobs. Not just any jobs, but tech-oriented jobs.

Hot damn! Verizon and NEC show off terabit speeds

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.

A gigabit is the loneliest number

The guys at the Lamp Post Group in Chattanooga, Tenn., have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to bandwidth. The city boasts the first real gigabit speeds in the U.S., but it doesn’t have another gigabit city nearby to talk to. Anyone want to help?

What does Google Fiber mean for the future of TV?

Google has filed applications for a satellite farm and a video franchise license, suggesting it’s serious about rolling out pay TV services in its fiber-to-the-home markets. But what’s that mean for the future of TV, as Google attacks that market?

Need network processing? Solarflare puts it on the card.

Solarflare, the former maker of 10 gigabit Ethernet silicon, has transitioned from making chips to making network adapter cards to speed up the networking capabilities of servers. Now it wants to take that further by doing real-time processing as data comes in from the network.

Google to America: Get Online

Google makes no bones about the fact that it is a speed freak. It loves speedy websites. It wants faster wireless Internet. And now, it’s buying up domain names that indicate it may become a more active agitator for faster wireline networks.

1 Gbps for $20 a Month? That’s Cheap Broadband!

In the U.S. if you want a 50 Mbps-to-a-100 Mbps connection, it is going to cost you plenty – about $105 with a triple play plan. On the other side of the planet, however, you can buy 1 Gbps broadband for $20 a month.

The Netherlands To Enact Law That Ensures Net Neutrality

The Netherlands might be a tiny country, but when it comes to broadband, it is one that likes to make big moves. It had been quick to embrace fiber broadband. And now it is enacting a law that guarantees “net neutrality” for its citizens.

Google, Kansas City and the Nation’s Gigabit Economic Policy

Want to improve the economy? Then demand better broadband. Policymakers at all levels of government need to watch municipal efforts such as those in Kansas City, Kan. with Google’s fiber network. That gigabit network could prove the link between broadband and economic development.

Go Go, Verizon! Carrier and NEC Tests a Terabit Backbone

Verizon refuses to stop in its quest to support the future of our connected society, with the nation’s largest ISP testing terabit backbone speeds with NEC out in the field. At terabit speeds, performing high performance computing and big data analytics in real time become possible.

In Japan, Many Undersea Cables Are Damaged

The horrific earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Japan have caused widespread damage to undersea communications, according to data collected by telecom industry sources. Initially, the damage to the cables that connect Japan to other parts of the world was said to be limited.

Despite Quake Japan’s Undersea Cables Still Hold

Japan is a hub for trans-Pacific undersea cables that provide Internet access between many regions of the world. About 20 submarine cables land in Japan, giving Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake the potential to disrupt communications around the globe. Luckily reports of cable damage have been low.

The Terabit Age is Almost Upon Us

Infinera has demonstrated that it can built an optic transmitter capable of delivering multi-terabit speeds, paving the way for growth of the next generation of the Internet. The world is moving toward 100 Gbps in the coming years, but this enables growth for decades to come.

Reaching Network Nirvana Through Fiber & Ethernet

A new telecom infrastructure is emerging out of the disruption of old-style, twisted copper, public switched, telephone network-based business. It’s based on Ethernet, and is cheaper, more flexible and performs better than its legacy copper counterpart. Welcome to the new telecom network.

Sonic.net Will Manage Google’s Stanford Fiber Network

Sonic.net — a well-known, albeit small, independent ISP — is going to operate the trial fiber-to-the-home network to be built by Google on the Stanford Campus. Sonic.net will “manage operation of the network, provide customer service and support and perform on-site installation and repair

For the Web Delivered at Light Speed: Go With the Flow

MIT’s brains have figured out how to deliver a faster Internet using optical connections throughout the entire transmission, which could result in a web that’s up to 1,000 times faster, cheaper and more power efficient. But this faster network requires new routers — an expensive proposition.

Cable Cut Disrupts Internet Traffic in Middle East, Europe

Two years after a series of cable cuts disrupted Internet and telephony operations in Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world, word comes of yet another outage. SeaMeWe-4, a cable that connects Europe to Middle East has been cut.

What Can You Do With 1 Gigabit?

Google earlier today announced that it would be launching an experimental fiber-to-the-home network that would offer speeds of as much as 1 gigabit per second. The question is what can you do with this much speed? Share your ideas with us.

BT Hopes to Fast-track Fiber Broadband

BT, a company known for dragging its feet when it comes to deploying a super-fast broadband network for its consumers, has surprised everyone by saying that it will ramp up the deployment of its ultra-speedy network and have it ready by the London Olympics in 2012.

Fiber Broadband Big in Japan & Korea

In Japan and South Korea, Fiber-based consumer broadband connections now represent the most popular Internet access technology, ahead of DSL and Cable, according to a report issued by OECD earlier today.