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AT&T announces fiber optic 1 Gb broadband network for Austin, Texas

AT&T announces fiber optic 1 Gb broadband network for Austin, Texas

Google has been rolling out incredibly fast fiber optic Internet access in some parts of the country offering bandwidth in the area of 1 Gbps. AT&T announced today that it plans to roll out the first all fiber 1 Gb broadband network in Austin, Texas. Austin has become a city with a huge number of high-technology companies including a manufacturing plant used by Samsung to build chips for smartphones.

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Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router brings landline voice support

Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router brings landline voice support

Verizon Wireless, along with Novatel Wireless have announced the immediate availability of the 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice. Similar to older model LTE routers, this one will allow the user to share Verizon LTE connectivity throughout their home. This router, as the name implies, brings the additional voice support. And in this case, Verizon and Novatel are referring to landline voice support.

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US internet getting faster but still trails Asia rates

US internet getting faster but still trails Asia rates

Average internet speeds in the US rose by more than a quarter in the space of 12 months, one web company's research suggests, though with an average rate of 7.4 Mbps America still sits in eighth place of the world's fastest. The US just outpaced the global year-on-year change in Q4 2012, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report, climbing 28-percent versus the 25-percent global average.

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ARRIS officially acquires Motorola Home from Google

ARRIS officially acquires Motorola Home from Google

ARRIS has officially, and finally, acquired Motorola Home from Google. Just a few days ago, the U.S. Department of Justice approved ARRIS's acquisition of the business from Google. The deal totaled $2.35 billion, with ARRIS paying Google $2.2 billion in cash, and giving it the other $150 million in shares. ARRIS expects the Motorola Home broadband unit to triple its sales, and help it advance its technology even further.

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DoJ approves Arris’s $2.35B proposed acquisition of Motorola Home

DoJ approves Arris’s $2.35B proposed acquisition of Motorola Home

Arris has just received the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Justice to acquire Motorola Home from Google. Arris issued a $2.35 billion proposal to purchase the Motorola Home broadband unit from Google, however, before Arris agreed to this deal, it required that Google limit its liability when it comes to the TiVo v. Motorola infringement case. If Motorola loses to TiVo in the case, the financial damage Arris will receive will be very minimal.

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Comcast tests its pre-paid XFINITY internet service

Comcast tests its pre-paid XFINITY internet service

Comcast is mimicking the mobile industry and has just started testing its own pre-paid service. The company has launched its pre-paid XFINITY internet service in a few states, including Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This new program is aimed for people who hate contracts, and/or do not have sufficient credit to sign up for Comcast’s internet service. This service will be available for new activations only, meaning those of you who already have Comcast's services will be left out.

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Sony reportedly plans to launch its own online TV service

Sony reportedly plans to launch its own online TV service

Sources have told Variety that Sony is working on its own online TV service that we might see go live later this year. This comes after news that Intel will be launching a set-top box that is part DVR, part content delivery system. Not a lot of information is available, but what has been revealed is a plan to likely undercut traditional cable and satellite providers while giving consumers a broadband-delivered television experience.

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