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Amazon’s Project Kuiper hits a key milestone in the quest to provide cheap broadband

Amazon’s Project Kuiper hits a key milestone in the quest to provide cheap broadband

For many years the ability to have broadband Internet service in many rural and underserved parts of the world was at a standstill. In recent years, several companies have come a long way in providing broadband to underserved and rural areas worldwide. One of the biggest names is Starlink from SpaceX, which is currently beta-testing its US service. Amazon has a similar plan with its Project Kuiper that received FCC approval months ago.

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SpaceX Starlink beta test will continue into next year

SpaceX Starlink beta test will continue into next year

SpaceX recently announced that it would continue beta testing its Starlink broadband Internet service into 2021. The announcement highlights a delay as the service was previously planned to roll out in 2020. It's unclear exactly when, in 2021, the service will exit beta. As close as we have to a date at this point comes from a SpaceX engineer named Kate Tice, who said that the company plans to expand its beta testing early next year.

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Project Taara is working to roll wireless optical communications out in Kenya

Project Taara is working to roll wireless optical communications out in Kenya

Internet connectivity is critically important to people all around the world. It allows students to learn and people of all ages to work. It's also important to allow people to connect with family and friends as much of the world remains in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. As important as broadband Internet connectivity is, there are nearly 4 billion people worldwide who are connected.

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AT&T is axing its DSL service in some areas

AT&T is axing its DSL service in some areas

AT&T is still one of the largest Internet providers in America, and it recently announced it was discontinuing its oldest broadband technology. On October 1, AT&T stopped selling DSL connections leaving some existing subscribers on the low-speed service and new residents of areas only covered by DSL without broadband access.

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Verizon LTE Home Internet service gets massive expansion across US

Verizon LTE Home Internet service gets massive expansion across US

Verizon has announced a massive expansion in the availability of its LTE Home Internet service, giving people in 48 states and 'parts of' 189 markets access to the mobile broadband service. The company aims to provide Internet access specifically in rural parts of the US where access to high-speed Internet is still often lacking and expensive. The service saw its initial launch earlier this summer with very limited availability.

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FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

A couple years back SpaceX was talking up a plan that would see it put 4,425 satellites into orbit to roll out global broadband connectivity. That promise is closer to reality today with the FCC announcing that it has approved the requests of four different companies to roll out new and expanded broadband services using satellites. The four companies include SpaceX, Kepler Communications, Telesat Canada, and LeoSat.

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Senate aims to stop FCC from stripping internet assistance from the poor

Senate aims to stop FCC from stripping internet assistance from the poor

Back in November of 2017 we took a look at a bit of legislation from the FCC that'd all but destroy the program called Lifeline. Lifeline was created all the way back during the Reagan administration to help the poor afford telephone service. The FCC during the W Bush administration updated Lifeline to include wireless internet, then the FCC during Obama's presidency updated Lifeline to include broadband. Now the Trump FCC wants to gut Lifeline like a fish.

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GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

This week Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced a the "Open Internet Preservation Act" in an effort to lock Trump/Pai repeal of Net Neutrality into law. Several major news outlets have taken Blackburn's bait in suggesting this new OIP Act would bring Net Neutrality back after the FCC removed it. Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them." Instead, this act would enshrine what the FCC did earlier this month.

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Verizon wants 5G to replace home Wi-Fi in 5 cities next year

Verizon wants 5G to replace home Wi-Fi in 5 cities next year

By now, even if not everyone and not all areas have it, 4G is more or less old news. 5G is the thing that service providers and chipset makers are going for or even fighting against. Some from the Wi-Fi market might not be so keen on the spread of this technology, and Verizon’s latest announcement might be one reason why. The carrier has just announced its plans to offer 5G services in residential areas in three to five cities before 2018 is over, possibly changing the way some households connect to the Internet.

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This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

In front of a Senate hearing committee SpaceX confirmed this week their plans to create a global internet provider service using space satellites. This service would not be free, but would assist in the FCC's goal of covering the United States with at least 25 megabits per second (“Mbps”) broadband service. SpaceX is not "giving the world internet" for free - as some news sources have misunderstood and reported - instead, they're planning to profit from a service that's sorely needed by the planet.

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Google Fiber retools its approach to providing high-speed internet

Google Fiber retools its approach to providing high-speed internet

Back in October we heard that Google would be "refining" its approach to its Fiber business. Today, we're getting more details about just what that entails, and in general, it doesn't sound all that great for anyone who was hoping that Google Fiber would come to their city and save them from monolithic ISPs. At the very least, it sounds like Google is planning to scale back significantly when it comes to connecting houses directly with fiber cable.

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FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

When you pick up a box of cereal, or any other food item, you can quickly and easily find out what you're getting by looking at the side. Thanks to a handy nutrition label, you'll find things like calories, sugars, and vitamins per serving, and a full list of ingredients. Now wouldn't it be great if everything you bought had a similar label? Well, it turns out that the FCC would like your broadband service to come with exactly that.

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