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'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 06:51

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The US Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) has extended the deadline for public comment on its net neutrality proposals – after a flood of traffic borked the agency's website yet again.

At the heart of the proposals are rules that could allow huge corporations to pay for prioritized internet traffic . While on the one hand, these fast lanes could efficiently and reliably pipe video and other stuff to broadband subscribers, on the other hand, it's feared smaller websites will be left with slow lanes.

"The deadline for filing submissions as part of

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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:52

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NBN Co executives have defended the slow progress of the organisation's fibre-to-the-node rollout, telling a Senate committee it would be “unlikely” for any telco to have a product ready for launch within a year of receiving new policy directions.

The statement was made by NBN Co chief customer officer John Simon. Under questioning from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam about why there had been no FTTN connections completed, even though the change of government last September had clearly signalled that the old fibre-to-the-premises policy was going to be abandoned.

Simon told Ludlam that there was

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UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling
Monday, 14 July 2014 21:02

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Small businesses in Britain are missing out on the government's £1.2bn taxpayer-funded broadband deployment project, a lobby group warned today.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) complained in a report titled The fourth utility (PDF) published this morning that 45,000 companies in the UK remained stuck using dial-up access to the internet.

It added that many more SMBs were starved of faster broadband network access and were instead having to put up with pathetic downstream speeds that are lower than 2Mbit/s.

"While the residential market may be seeing the benefits of high speed broadband,

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Verizon points more fingers at Netflix: It's YOUR pals slowing data
Friday, 11 July 2014 10:33

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Verizon and Netflix are having another go-round in their ongoing war over network access for streaming video.

In a report posted to its Public Policy Blog, Verizon vice-president of federal regulatory affairs David Young said claims that it deliberately throttles Netflix traffic are untrue and that any traffic bottlenecks were being caused by other companies that Netflix uses to deliver its service to ISPs.

"Netflix chose to attempt to deliver that traffic to Verizon through a few third-party transit providers with limited capacity over connections specifically to be used only for balanced traffic flows.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 21:02

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A BT direct mail advertising campaign spectacularly backfired on the telco after it claimed BSkyB would switch off O2 users' broadband.

Sky bought the consumer broadband and fixed-line biz of Telefónica UK-owned O2 in March last year .

The telecoms giant had claimed in a shouty flyer posted through Brits' letterboxes that BSkyB would "SWITCH OFF O2 BROADBAND BY APRIL 2014."

But BSkyB challenged the ad by lodging a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority.

It successfully argued that BT had misled consumers into thinking that BSkyB would kill access to O2 subscribers' broadband

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Bell Labs sends 10Gbps over crappy COPPER cable, smashes records
Thursday, 10 July 2014 05:33

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Bell Labs has pumped more data than ever before down antiquated copper wiring. The boffins used a frequency modulation system that they claim will be perfect for hooking up aging telco cables to future broadband fiber networks.

The technique is based on the G.fast standard being considered by the International Telecommunications Union; it's a DSL standard designed to sustain 500Mbps connections over legacy copper cable networks using a 106MHz frequency range.

The new Bell system, dubbed XG-FAST, increases the frequency range to 500MHz. We're told it can manage 10Gbps over a pair of copper

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