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Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

The internet as we know it is in peril. Verizon's victory in the court of appeal this week, seeing the FCC's attempts to regulate broadband providers in the name of Net Neutrality defeated, has the potential to change how we access the internet and web services like Netflix, Hulu, and others more fundamentally than 2013's SOPA threatened to. In question isn't whether internet access should be a free-for-all, but what it is fundamentally, legally classified as, and who therefore has control over what gets shuttled through: Verizon and the broadband providers, in control of the "pipes", or the FCC as protector of infrastructure that uses public rights of way. For all both sides are claiming some degree of victory this week, we're still no closer to settling that fundamental question.

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Dish Network to partner with wireless carrier for fixed 4G broadband trial

Dish Network to partner with wireless carrier for fixed 4G broadband trial

Dish Network has announced that it will be collaborating with a major wireless carrier to trial a fixed wireless broadband service. Dish will be working with Sprint on the broadband service trial, which will be conducted in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dish expects that the fixed wireless broadband service will be available by mid-2014.

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Bill Gates, Zuckerberg fund non-profit to bring public schools broadband Internet

Bill Gates, Zuckerberg fund non-profit to bring public schools broadband Internet

The Internet is an integral part of modern education, and not only provides many different elements of supplemental education -- video tutorials, instructional websites, etc. -- it also is necessary for specific fields of study, like programming. The problem is that many public schools in the United States (approximately 80%) do not have adequate broadband speeds, something that a non-profit recently backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg wants to change.

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US ranks 31st on global broadband speed list

US ranks 31st on global broadband speed list

There is some work being done in the US to improve broadband speeds. Google for instance is working on installing fiber internet service in some areas that is fast and inexpensive. However, the vast majority of the US is left with some of the slowest broadband internet speeds in the world. The US ranks 31 on the list of speediest broadband countries according to Speedtest.net.

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Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

A convincing report arguing that mobile broadband, free business-subsidized WiFi, and tablets are sucking the life out of American cable and broadcast TV networks has appeared on Business Insider. While this in itself may not be news to our readers, the nitty gritty details and the statistics to back it all up should confirm what you might already suspect. TV watchers, movie buffs and sports fans are no longer anchored to a physical home.

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Google’s Project Link connects Kampala, Uganda at modern Internet speeds

Google’s Project Link connects Kampala, Uganda at modern Internet speeds

Google has built a fiber-optic network in Kampala, Uganda, the company announced today, and it is a huge step forward for the city's Internet infrastructure. Until recently, Kampala was mostly on pre-broadband speeds. Today, the modern city of 1.2 million residents can now access the Internet at modern speeds.

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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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Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router brings landline voice support

Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router brings landline voice support

Verizon Wireless, along with Novatel Wireless have announced the immediate availability of the 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice. Similar to older model LTE routers, this one will allow the user to share Verizon LTE connectivity throughout their home. This router, as the name implies, brings the additional voice support. And in this case, Verizon and Novatel are referring to landline voice support.

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New legislation aims for subsidized broadband in low-income homes

New legislation aims for subsidized broadband in low-income homes

In an effort to update the FCC's long-running Lifeline program that helps put telephone access in low-income homes, a new piece of legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives that would aim to give low-income homes the opportunity for unsubsidized broadband internet access.

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US internet getting faster but still trails Asia rates

US internet getting faster but still trails Asia rates

Average internet speeds in the US rose by more than a quarter in the space of 12 months, one web company's research suggests, though with an average rate of 7.4 Mbps America still sits in eighth place of the world's fastest. The US just outpaced the global year-on-year change in Q4 2012, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report, climbing 28-percent versus the 25-percent global average.

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ARRIS officially acquires Motorola Home from Google

ARRIS officially acquires Motorola Home from Google

ARRIS has officially, and finally, acquired Motorola Home from Google. Just a few days ago, the U.S. Department of Justice approved ARRIS's acquisition of the business from Google. The deal totaled $2.35 billion, with ARRIS paying Google $2.2 billion in cash, and giving it the other $150 million in shares. ARRIS expects the Motorola Home broadband unit to triple its sales, and help it advance its technology even further.

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DoJ approves Arris’s $2.35B proposed acquisition of Motorola Home

DoJ approves Arris’s $2.35B proposed acquisition of Motorola Home

Arris has just received the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Justice to acquire Motorola Home from Google. Arris issued a $2.35 billion proposal to purchase the Motorola Home broadband unit from Google, however, before Arris agreed to this deal, it required that Google limit its liability when it comes to the TiVo v. Motorola infringement case. If Motorola loses to TiVo in the case, the financial damage Arris will receive will be very minimal.

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