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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 Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them."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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What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

On March 10th, 2016, the FCC proposed a set of broadband rules for consumer privacy across the United States. What we're looking at here is what might be - not what is just yet. What you'll find is that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing is that "when consumers sign up for internet service, they shouldn't have to sign away their right to privacy." Novel concept, yes?

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Cheaper broadband the key in $9.25 FCC Lifeline subsidy change

Cheaper broadband the key in $9.25 FCC Lifeline subsidy change

The FCC has proposed the biggest changes to the Lifeline program since its creation, paving the way for more affordable broadband for low-income families. Lifeline was established in 1985 as a way to assist those below 135-percent of the poverty line with getting voice call service, initially through landline subsidies but, as cellphones became more mainstream, wireless options too.

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FCC’s broadband report details uptick in US Internet speeds

FCC’s broadband report details uptick in US Internet speeds

The FCC’s annual broadband report is in, and as in the past it details the status of broadband Internet access in the United States. The report, officially called the 2015 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report, details information on so-called “fixed” ISPs and their network performance. These reports first started in August 2011; with this latest one, the grand total of reports has climbed to five.

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Chattanooga, TN rolls out community wide 10 Gbps internet

Chattanooga, TN rolls out community wide 10 Gbps internet

While most of the country languishes with broadband speeds that hover in the Mbps range, a few Google served cities have gigabit speeds to choose from. A few internet companies other than Google have crossed into gigabit speeds as well. In most of those locations, only certain neighborhoods can access the speedy internet service, that's not the case in Chattanooga, TN.

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Chesham gets first WiFi enabled pavement in tie up with Virgin Media

Chesham gets first WiFi enabled pavement in tie up with Virgin Media

Virgin Media has teamed with the Chiltern District Council to blanket high street in Chesham with fast WiFi that is available for the public to use. The WiFi doesn't come from storefronts or only from WiFi emitters on street lamps; the WiFi in this instance comes from underfoot. Chesham has become the first to demo WiFi enabled pavement.

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White House report says broadband internet is a necessary utility

White House report says broadband internet is a necessary utility

Those of us with easy, everyday access to broadband internet might take it for granted, but its importance in today's world can be no more apparent than to the millions of Americans who don't have a connection. That's the sentiment expressed in a new report from the White House and the Broadband Opportunity Council, which write that broadband internet has become an "essential infrastructure for communities" and is no longer just a convenience, but a "core utility" in the same way as electricity and water.

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Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

This week was an important week in rule making for the FCC, not only did the FCC clarify an 1991 ruling that makes it easier for carriers to block spam texts and robocalls, it has also voted to allow the federal government to give a broadband subsidy to the poor. Under the plan proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Lifeline program currently used to provide phone service to the poor could be used to pay for internet service as well.

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