North Korea versus Comcast: guess who’s fighting for an open Internet?

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What do you mean, my Netflix is buffering!

As terabytes of emails and other data bounce around the web, the bad guy in the latest mega-crack story is beginning look less like North Korea and more like Sony and its corporate brethren. First, Sony hires one of the more notorious members of the predatory bar to threaten news outlets if they dare to use any of that information. Then it caves to pressure and threats – apparently originating in North Korea – and cancels

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Friends and foes give CPUC president a raucous send off

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Mike, half the people are here are here to congratulate you on your retirement...the others are here to make sure you're retiring. It's pretty indicative of the dynamics of this agency.
Danny Curtin, California Conference of Carpenters

Those few words summed up a sometimes laudatory, sometimes vitrolic 3 hours as friends, past and present colleagues, anti-wireless activists and others praised and attacked retiring California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey at his final meeting yesterday in San Francisco.

It began with 30 speakers congratulating Peevey on the work he's done in his 12 year

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Public housing broadband heading for second class status in California

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Lower broadband performance standards for Californians living in public housing are one step away from adoption by the California Public Utilities Commission. As it stands now, later this morning the CPUC will approve subsidy rules for broadband facility upgrades in publicly supported housing that set 1.5 Mbps download speeds as the minimum acceptable level, and no service level requirements at all for upload speeds. The stuf

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You don’t have to drive to Silicon Valley if you’re already there

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Santa Cruz broadband policy keeps business in town, Silicon Valley leaders say.

Smart application of good broadband development policy helps local economies grow by attracting new businesses and helping existing ones grow. The place to look for it is Santa Cruz County, according to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. It’s an example that Silicon Valley sorely needs.

The group, which was founded in 1978 by David Packard and represents about 400 of Silicon Valley’s heaviest corporate hitters, announced it was giving its “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet<

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Broadband delayed is broadband denied

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FCC commissioner Ajit Pai objected to part of the FCC order approved last week that raised the minimum download speed for subsidised broadband projects to 10 Mbps (the upload standard remains at 1 Mbps). His objection wasn't to the faster standard, but rather to the slow pace of implementation and what he sees as the commission's failure to put its money where its mouth is...

Three years ago, the FCC told rural Americans they could stop waiting. The Commission’s Universal Service Transformation Order created the Connect America Fun

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FCC crushes old limits on rural broadband speeds

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The minimum download speed for FCC-subsidised broadband projects and services in rural areas is now 10 Mbps. The commission raised the standard on Thursday. Required upload speeds haven't change, though...

The FCC will now require companies receiving Connect America funding for fixed broadband to serve consumers with speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads. That is an increase reflecting marketplace and technological changes that have occurred since the FCC set its previous requirement of 4 Mbps/1 Mbps speeds in 2011.

According to recent data, 99% of Americans living in urban areas have access to fixed broa

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Big questions for a California broadband subsidy proposal, but worth answering

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All over Helendale.

There's a business case for resurrecting dead copper broadband systems. At least UAI thinks there is, given a sufficient subsidy from the California Advanced Services Fund. The company has submitted two projects for consideration for CASF grants in the current round. One is <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/downloads/casf/2014/casf_project_ui

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FCC blocks ViaSat’s end run around rural experiment standards

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You've got to hand it to the people at ViaSat. They don't give up. If FCC tests – correctly – show that satellite Internet service has both advantages and disadvantages, then shout the good news loud enough to shake the rafters and browbeat the FCC into suppressing the bad. If the FCC wants to conduct an experiment to see if there are technologies and business models that can deliver urban-quality broadband service to rural customers, try to duck the quality requirements when no one is looking.<

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G.fast means fiber speeds over copper, up to a point

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The point where the infrastructure collapses.

A short range, high speed technology standard for broadband over copper phone lines has been approved by the International Telecommunications Union. The G.fast standard is intended to make fiber-class speeds possible over legacy lines, with a maximum distance of 400 meters between the customer and the nearest fiber node.

Practical distances, though, are much shorter. "Service rate performance targets" – total bandwidth which can be split between up and down loads – are...

500-1000 Mb/s f

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Subsidising second class broadband is a bad deal for all Californians

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Hotel WiFi service is usually good enough to deal with email, Facebook and airline check-ins. It’ll do the work you have to get done before morning – maybe even a Skype call. But it’s rarely robust enough to reliably watch videos or jam a deadline on virtualised enterprise services or relax with an online game. It’s not a workhorse you can depend on. It’s an amenity, no more able to support day to day business than the tiny pool and token workout room can handle Ironman base training

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What do you mean, my Netflix is buffering!\n\nAs terabytes of emails and other data bounce around the web, the bad guy in the latest mega-crack story is...
\n\n\n Mike, half the people are here are here to congratulate you on your retirement...the others are here to make sure you\'re retiring. It\'s pretty in...
\n\nLower broadband performance standards for Californians living in public housing are one step away from adoption by the California Public Utilities C...
Santa Cruz broadband policy keeps business in town, Silicon Valley leaders say.\n\nSmart application of good broadband development policy helps local ec...
\n\nFCC commissioner Ajit Pai objected to part of the FCC order approved last week that raised the minimum download speed for subsidised broadband proje...
\n\nThe minimum download speed for FCC-subsidised broadband projects and services in rural areas is now 10 Mbps. The commission raised the standard on T...
All over Helendale.\n\nThere\'s a business case for resurrecting dead copper broadband systems. At least UAI thinks there is, given a sufficient subsidy ...
\n\nYou\'ve got to hand it to the people at ViaSat. They don\'t give up. If FCC tests – correctly – show that satellite Internet service has both adva...
The point where the infrastructure collapses.\n\nA short range, high speed technology standard for broadband over copper phone lines has been approved b...
\n\nHotel WiFi service is usually good enough to deal with email, Facebook and airline check-ins. It’ll do the work you have to get done before mo...

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