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Comcast boosts data cap to 300GB, adds tiered plans

Comcast boosts data cap to 300GB, adds tiered plans

Comcast has announced that it will be making some major changes to its residential broadband service plans, namely increasing data usage caps from 250GB to 300GB per month. The company also plans to implement tiered pricing with two approaches that it will be testing over the next few months in select markets.

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FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

If you venture outside of large cities in many areas of the country, you quickly realize there is no broadband capability in many instances. Rural broadband initiatives are one of the things that Obama and the White House have been pushing. The FCC has announced this week that $300 million has been set aside to extend the high-speed Internet access to 400,000 homes.

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Copper broadband theft gets RABIT crackdown

Copper broadband theft gets RABIT crackdown

Thefts of valuable copper cabling used for broadband internet delivery has forced BT to develop a new rapid-response monitoring system, RABIT, that promises to be fast enough to catch thieves red-handed. The Rapid Assessment BT Incident Tracker uses "broadband signals and correlating signal events" the company's security chief says, capable of pinpointing the location of the theft-in-progress down to the distance between two access panels in the street.

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ZTE achieve speeds of 1.7Tbit/s over fiber-optics

ZTE achieve speeds of 1.7Tbit/s over fiber-optics

While most people are lucky enough to receive high-speed internet via cable, fiber, or LTE, the carriers need serious backhaul in order to provide that to customers on a consistent basis. As we all demand faster speeds and suck down more bandwidth, they need to look ahead and see how they can add greater capacity. ZTE may just have what they’re looking for.

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Verizon HomeFusion provides wireless broadband in the home

Verizon HomeFusion provides wireless broadband in the home

Verizon Wireless has a new service, which is intended to provide rural homes with wireless broadband. The service is pitched as an alternative to satellite Internet service or for homes don't have access to DSL or other services. The new service is called HomeFusion, and it places an antenna inside what appears to be a 5-gallon bucket on the outside of the home to provide connectivity to the entire house.

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Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

A Google patent application surfaced today, revealing the company's plans for lowering the cost and speeding up the deployment of its Google Fiber broadband network. The patent filing illustrates the use of a flat and flexible housing to carry the fiber-optic lines to houses. The idea also aims to reduce the environmental impact of installing the network.

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Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google announced that it will begin laying fiber today in Kansas City as part of its plans to build out a new high-speed broadband network that aims to bring speeds 100 times faster than what Americans have today. Kansas City was picked out of more than 1,100 companies bidding to receive Google's fiber network.

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FCC changes Lifeline home phone subsidy program to help fund low income broadband

FCC changes Lifeline home phone subsidy program to help fund low income broadband

One of the things that the FCC has been pushing hard is for the expansion of broadband into rural America. Many rural Americans don't have access to broadband, and some in rural America can't afford broadband if they do have access. The FCC has announced changes to the Lifeline subsidy program, which was a subsidy to help pay for basic phone service in homes where families can't afford phone service otherwise. The changes are designed to save money from the program, and funnel those funds to pay for rural broadband.

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LightSquared may be doomed, FCC casts doubt on new plans

LightSquared may be doomed, FCC casts doubt on new plans

I will admit to being a bit excited at the thought of LightSquared coming to market. Anyone who lives in an area with only one broadband provider offering only slow speeds at a high price would appreciate competition. One of the services that I was hoping would provide that competition is LightSquared. The company is on the ropes though.

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Sky testing huge cable & WiFi broadband roll-out

Sky testing huge cable & WiFi broadband roll-out

Sky has trialled its own cable installations, the company has confirmed, experimenting with the possibility of bypassing BT in the UK and operating its own broadband network over which it would have full control. Another possibility - though only rumored at this stage - is using a huge expansion of The Cloud, a UK WiFi hotspot service, Electricpig reports, to bring high-speed communal wireless internet access directly to subscribers' homes.

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