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Comcast slapped with eight-figure tax bill after package fails to impress
Saturday, 28 May 2016 06:41

The US state of Oregon says it will charge Comcast tens of millions of dollars in taxes after revoking a tax break the cable giant had claimed on its broadband service.

The state's Department of Revenue (DOR) has denied a request by Comcast that it be granted an exemption reserved for companies that offer gigabit internet service in the state.

Written to lure Google's Fiber service to Portland after years of courtship , the tax break would give exemptions to reward the installation of high-speed fiber broadband.

Comcast had claimed the exemption for itself in February , arguing that its

It's a Hull of a thing: Kcom takes a break from 8-year sales slide
Friday, 27 May 2016 19:57

Telecoms provider Kcom stemmed its declining revenue for the first time in eight years, reporting growth of 0.4 per cent to £349.2m for the full year 2015/16.

However, operating profit fell to £6.3m from £50.9m mainly due to increased investments, compared with the previous year. That was mainly due to its fibre roll-out in Hull and East-Yorkshire which the company reckons will bring superfast broadband to 150,000 premises.

Capital expenditure will be more than £40m per annum over the next two years as that investment continues.

The company attributed its growth to an increase in enterprise business - in particular

In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!
Friday, 27 May 2016 19:06

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It’s sunny outside, which can mean only one thing: I am about to go on holiday to a place where it will be pissing down with rain and sleet for the next fortnight.

My globetrotting exploits have been limited this year, so I’m looking forward to enjoying my first experience of in-flight entertainment via Wi-Fi to my own device – or, as tech airheadspeak has it, my Own Device (or shall we just say, my “OD”).

“Bring Yours” they said – or did they just say “BY”? – and I certainly intend to. After all

Goa grabs Google, whispers 'come here, you Loon'
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:56

The Indian state of Goa wants to attract Google to the region for its Project Loon balloon broadband trials.

The news comes as the Chocolate Factory gets close to agreement with Indian carrier BSNL about spectrum sharing.

India's national government has long shown an interest in Loon. In November 2015, the minister in charge of the country's IT ministry, DEITY, confirmed that he'd met with Google to discuss the project.

In February, DEITY followed up by asking Google to nominate local carrier partners. At the time, it also emerged that the government and Google were at odds over spectrum. Google

Fixing the Terrible Range of your Cheap NRF24L01+ PA/LNA Module
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 22:00

nRF24L01+ PA/LNA module specs look great on paper. Wireless communication up to 1000m in a small package readily available from a variety of cheap sources in China? The hard work of software connectivity already done by a variety of open source projects? Sounds great! But if you mashed BUY and are getting maybe 1% of that range, don’t worry because thanks to these clear directions, they can be fixed.

[Oitzu] got vastly better performance from his cheap units with a mixture of providing better power, controlling noise, adding shielding, and being careful to choose the right channel. He claims that …read more

The Death of the Telco
Monday, 28 June 2010 21:05

symbiotic networkThe birth of the Google's Android mobile phone OS will end our reliance on telco's phone networks and give 'power to the people' resulting in free mobile (cell) phone calls for everyone!

How's it work?

Currently your mobile phone is tied to a telco's network. It sends and receives calls via their network. For example, if the phone you're calling is in the same room as you, your call will be sent to the telco network base station (potentially miles away) redirected and bounced back to the phone your calling a few feet away!

The physical electronics of mobile phones CAN enable them to send and receive signals with each other...so if you're within signal range of the phone your calling there is no need for the telco's network...

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