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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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Senator introduces bill in Washington to regulate data caps

Senator introduces bill in Washington to regulate data caps

Mobile data users have been exceptionally unhappy over data caps since they were first introduced. Many argue that these data caps have nothing to do with controlling congestion on mobile networks and everything to do with charging customers as much as possible. A white paper was published this week from the New America Foundation arguing that data caps were designed to maximize revenue rather than minimize congestion.

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FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters, the FCC is considering having carriers provide information on how well their networks performed in a disaster. The requirement would only concern major natural disasters, and will provide consumers with relevant information, such as how their carrier performed compared with other carriers. The issue is one of several slated for discussion during several hearings the FCC has scheduled throughout 2013.

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Gogo launches ATG-4 in-air connectivity

Gogo launches ATG-4 in-air connectivity

Gogo, provider of the wonderful convenience known as in-flight wireless Internet, has launched ATG-4, its latest connectivity technology. The service will roll out to Delta Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America. The new service will allow more fliers to access the web while offering a more stable browsing experience than previously offered.

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AT&T throws $14bn at Project VIP to boost LTE and U-verse

AT&T throws $14bn at Project VIP to boost LTE and U-verse

AT&T will pump $14bn into 4G and wireline expansion over the next three years, the carrier has announced, in an attempt to blanket 300m people with LTE by the end of 2014. The frantic deployment will see the lion's share - $8bn - spent on wireless, with $6bn on wireline initiatives, and has been dubbed Project Velocity IP (VIP); AT&T will also increasingly look to get consumers and businesses wanting broadband connections online via 4G when wired hook-ups are impractical.

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EE lights up 4G LTE and fiber in UK

EE lights up 4G LTE and fiber in UK

LTE has gone live in the UK, with EE opening up its 4G doors to subscribers hoping for a little extra boost in their smartphone or mobile hotspot. The launch - which has hardly left rival UK carriers happy, waiting as they are for more spectrum before they stage their own LTE deployment in mid-2013 - sees smartphone plans from £36 per month with a device, while EE is also offering fiber broadband for homes and businesses.

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FCC backs away from taxing the Internet

FCC backs away from taxing the Internet

One thing that most Americans have in common is that they have no support for new taxes. The FCC is reportedly backing away from a proposal that would add a new tax on broadband Internet service due to public outcry. Public outcry on the issue has left FCC Democrats and Republicans pointing the finger at each other for floating the idea to begin with.

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