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AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

In response to the net neutrality kerfuffle currently being debated and discussed, the FCC is all ears to all sides. They are not, however, open to tactical positioning. In response to the yet-unresolved condition of reclassification for ISPs, which would provide the FCC with additional oversight, AT&T announced they would hold off on investing domestically, including their rollout of fiber-optic cable. Now, the FCC wants to know why AT&T is being pragmatic, and wants them to prove their point.

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AT&T wants to halt fiber-optic rollout due to net neutrality

AT&T wants to halt fiber-optic rollout due to net neutrality

Time and time again, we find that Internet Service Providers (ISP) are at a impasse about net neutrality. They like the idea of it, just not the oversight or practice of being governed in any way. Most, like Comcast, simply offer their own solutions. Most ISPs also vow to uphold net neutrality, saying it’s their vision for the future anyway. AT&T, however, is sitting on their wallet. Their CEO is now saying AT&T will throttle back on any network investments until the net neutrality discussion yields results.

LA wants to bring fiber Internet to all 3.5 million residents and businesses

LA wants to bring fiber Internet to all 3.5 million residents and businesses

The city of Los Angeles has an ambitious goal to bring gigabit Internet access to every home and business in the city. The city has announced that it will be issuing a request for proposals next month looking for a vendor that will run fiber to every residence, business, and government building within Los Angeles. The Los Angeles city Council unanimously voted to move forward with drafting the RFP and will vote again to determine if the RFP is ready to release next week.

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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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C Spire “Fiber to the Home” makes communities beg for Gigabit Internet

C Spire “Fiber to the Home” makes communities beg for Gigabit Internet

Internet services provider C Spire announced this week it will begin rolling out gigabit Internet service to homes in Ridgeland, Mississippi sometime in 2014. Billing the move as a step towards creating the "Silicon South", C Spire chose Ridgeland because government officials and civic leaders had stepped up to welcome the company in. That model - in which customers, not companies, are placed in a position to lobby for the contract - echoes Google's approach when it started announcing Google Fiber last year.

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Twin-beam signals send data 4x faster than conventional speeds

Twin-beam signals send data 4x faster than conventional speeds

Many researchers over the years have worked towards increasing data speeds, something that has had breakthroughs in various ways over the years. The latest one involves a method the creators say is a simple concept, but one that - for whatever reason - was never done. By creating mirrored beams of light that cancel out noise, the researchers sent a 400GB/s signal down nearly 8,000 miles of fiber optic cables.

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