The sky is (not) falling
Twitter came out on Monday in support of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to impose net neutrality, which is slated for a critical vote…
Not just the air that's thin
If you’re looking for another reason to hate Gogo, the much-criticized ISP of the skies, then it just provided one. Neowin revealed…
A “SaveTheInternet.eu” coalition of civil society groups has sent a letter to the Council of the EU, which is finalizing the European…
Andrus Ansip has expressed worries over the apparent watering-down of EU net neutrality proposals in their final stage of development. But what will the outcome be?
Wireless startup Mimosa has been plugging Wi-Fi into a lot of networking products lately, but now it’s offering up its first consumer-facing product: A Wi-Fi router you actually install in your home.
Günther Oettinger reckons the best way to get ISPs to invest in their networks is to make it harder for their customers to escape. Spot the problem.
The Hungarian government hopes to raise tens of millions of dollars each year from the tax, but the country’s opposition is less than pleased at the proposal.
A glitch prevented Belkin routers from getting onto the internet even though the modems they were connected to were functioning normally. Belkin now says its permanently fixed the problem.
What if the FCC could solve net neutrality in a way that pleased both industry and consumer advocates? User-directed fast lanes hold out that promise in theory — but might be a different story in practice.
A leaked consultation paper suggests that the Australian government has realised it’s a tad excessive to track which websites people visit. However, the tracking of available bandwidth and upload/download information seems to be on the table.
Bandwidth caps are a bad idea, but a story from earlier this month shows how our love of connected devices and the increasing prevalence of caps could lead to consumer angst.
It’s been a disheartening year for net neutrality and the open internet. While much of the furor has focused on the implications for video-streaming services, Zingaya’s CEO Alexey Aylarov thinks the future may be even more perilous for VoIP.
Mimosa Networks has closed a $20 million Series C round led by previous investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Oak…
Dyn expects Renesys’ experience working with ISPs will help it give big customers a better picture of networking activity worldwide.
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, a look at how its growth of the internet, in terms of connected devices, content and its importance, has researchers and analysts searching for new business models and technical ways to improve the network.
Mozilla thinks it has found a way to ensure true network neutrality without going back and reclassifying broadband. Will its regulatory sleight of hand find support?
On Tuesday, an appeals court in Washington, D.C. struck down the FCC’s rules regarding net neutrality, which are designed to prevent ISPs from giving preferential treatment to certain kinds of data. Here’s what you need to know about the decision and its potential impact
Traffic management could be key to the future of the open internet, so what proportion of UK consumers takes such policies into account when choosing a broadband deal? A whopping one percent.
Video has long been the driving force behind our growth in broadband traffic. The latest Sandvine report shows us that’s still the case and offers clues on how ISPs may cope.
Could distributed computing hold the future for scaling out the internet and meeting our increasing demands for broadband? The CEO of BitTorrent argues it does have a place in next generation architectures.
A new system of warnings for users who download copyrighted content is being rolled out by some of the biggest internet service providers in the United States. Is it something you should be concerned about? That depends.
A British man has found some sympathy in the courts because Google did not delete false comments about him made on Blogger fast enough. Does his case open a backdoor to internet regulation?
In this week’s show, Michael Dell’s private play, Twitter buys Bluefin and the future of TV, and what you don’t know about data caps.
An executive at a firm ISPs hire to audit their broadband meters says most of his clients so far haven’t built accurate meters.
The latest firmware update for Free’s set-top box adds a beta ad-blocking feature, which turns on by default when the user resets the device. If this was deliberate, it’s an interesting development for an ISP already embroiled in a net neutrality investigation.
The efforts to sell Cisco’s Linksys business and Google’s attempts to sell Motorola’s set top business both indicate changes in the market for consumer boxes is changing. Soon we’ll see fewer of them. And maybe we’ll even lose the ISP-provided modems and routers.
The Internet can handle several million people staying home to watch Netflix and telecommuting, according to Sandvine. The deep packet inspection company noted that traffic was up 114 percent on Monday as people stayed home to await Hurricane Sandy.
Comcast (s CMCSA) will start charging $10 per 50 GB from its broadband customers in Nashville, Tennessee, once those customers zoom past the 300 GB monthly bandwidth quota. Comcast is the latest ISP to start charging for overages. Others include Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Suddenlink
Under new proposals from the British media regulator Ofcom, internet providers will start sending warning letters to those accused of illegal filesharing in 18 months — and will be forced to handed people’s data over to copyright holders after three successive hits.
For most people, 4G feels a little faster, but not anything close to the 10 times we were promised. What’s going on here? Ed Robinson of Riverbed Technology thinks we’ve made websites so obese that the networks can’t keep up.
In 1998, NetZero became the first ISP to offer free dial-up Internet access; 14 years later it’s doing the same thing except with mobile broadband. NetZero revealed is becoming a virtual 4G service provider, reselling – or in many cases, giving away – Clearwire’s WiMAX bandwidth.
In the net neutrality debate, Internet Service Providers talk about charging content providers for prioritization so they can invest in improving infrastructure. But placing a price on prioritizing content creates an inherent disincentive to expand. Professors Hsing Cheng, Shubho Bandyopadhyay and Hong Guo elaborate.
From the perspective of an ISP, making Skype calls on your iPad is far better than doing so on a MacBook Pro, while making calls via an Android handset falls in the middle when it comes to adding to the congestion of the overall network.
In a major win for Hollywood, a High Court judge told the country’s biggest internet service provider, BT (NYSE: BT), that it has two weeks…
Getting to gigabit networks isn’t a cheap proposition, and once they are deployed, they generally cost more than the average person can afford. This creates a chicken-and-egg problem around building applications that could help network adoption. Why build if there’s no audience?
A Boston company called NetBlazr wants to offer businesses free access to a communal broadband network if a user pays for about $300 in equipment and then turns over the management of that gear to NetBlazr so it can continue building the network.
Recent allegations of ISPs hijacking search traffic are just the tip of the iceberg. Dane Jasper, CEO of ISP Sonic.net offers his “quick guide to the five levels of ISP evil” and explains just how low some ISPs will go.
Comcast unveiled a home security product in six markets on Wednesday in what I expect will become a larger effort for Comcast as well as other Internet Service Providers that want to avoid becoming just a broadband delivery pipe.
Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix won’t take the ISPs attacks against his business any longer. He released a report showing that heavy bandwidth users incur a cost of 1 penny or less per gigabyte over a last-mile network — far less than ISPs are charging.
Later this month France is hosting a summit of political leaders and Internet thinkers. But now it seems that senior industry leaders are being asked to pay up for their chance to dictate the conversation and swap numbers with powerful governments.
Netflix has become the new scapegoat for Internet Service Providers eager to cap, tier or otherwise make broadband more expensive for their customers in the guise of chastising bandwidth hogs. Data out from startup Mu Dynamics drives the streaming site’s pariah status home.
Two announcements on Monday night illustrated the yin and yang of the streaming market. Amazon announced a cloud storage drive and cloud music service, and Netflix said it would have to degrade the quality of video streams in response to bandwidth caps.
It is hard being a broadband provider: Not only are new web services putting extra stress on the network infrastructure but there is plenty of pressure on revenues. Against that backdrop, ISPs eed to make better use of their network infrastructure, and ConteXtream wants to help.
IBM today released its latest cloud offering –- a mix of consulting services, gear and a management platform aimed at communications service providers — with France Telecom and Shanghai Telecom named in the release as pilot customers. It’s part of a shift in strategy for Big Blue.
We are inching toward half a billion broadband subscribers worldwide, thanks to booming demand for fast connections. Find out the top 10 service providers in the world. Which is the largest? The fastest? What are the top five US broadband service providers?
A Florida congressman has introduced a bill aimed to preventing the FCC from reclassifying broadband and imposing net neutrality unless it can find examples of systemic market failure. The bill, called the Internet Protection, Investment, and Innovation Act, reads like an ISP lobbyist wrote it.
If you find you just can’t get a fast enough Internet connection, you might want to look for an apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia — a local ISP there named Novus says it will soon launch the continent’s fastest Internet service, offering 200 megabits per second.
[qi:066] Internet service providers may become legally responsible for scam web sites and spam that passes over their lines if a new…
With broadband, as with other utilities such as electricity and water, people should pay for what they use, according to an editorial…
In 2008, ISPs started to really feel the heat when it comes to video file-sharing. Comcast got reprimanded by the FCC for…
Sandvine, the company behind the devices used by Comcast and others to block BitTorrent, has just introduced a network management tool called…
[qi:_newteevee] Comcast said today it plans to create a “P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” in cooperation with P2P companies and other…