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Comcast: Google, we'll see your 1Gbps fiber and DOUBLE IT
Friday, 03 April 2015 05:49

So soon after Google promised Atlanta, Georgia, gigabit broadband, Comcast has said it will offer 2Gbps internet to homes in the city in May – and millions more Americans by 2016.

The US cable colossus announced Thursday that its 2Gb/s Gigabit Pro service will debut in Atlanta, reaching 18 million homes across the US by the end of the year, potentially.

Comcast said Gigabit Pro will be available first to Americans living near its fiber broadband network. Those who are "within close proximity" to the Comcast backbone will be able to get a fiber line directly to their home.

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Boring fixed 'net users still dominate Oz market
Thursday, 02 April 2015 16:24

By now it must be obvious that Australia's mobile data allowances are laughable: in the last quarter of 2014, year-on-year growth in fixed broadband downloads outpaced total mobile downloads by nearly 3:1.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS') regular Internet Activity publication shows that fixed consumption went up by 148,950 TB (from just under an Exabyte to just over) from the December quarter 2013 to the same in 2014, while everything mobile users downloaded was just a third of that.

While Australia's 6.53 million fixed broadband users downloaded more than an Exabyte in from the beginning of October to the

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets
Thursday, 02 April 2015 05:32

Some of the UK's ISPs may want to rethink their routing schemes after a massive fire near Holborn tube station in London knocked out power and internet access across several regions of the capital.

The fire broke out just after midday at an electrical junction box buried under the street near Holborn and spread quickly. Manhole covers belched fire and thick smoke rose from the street, leading fire crews to evacuate 2,000 people and causing power cuts to local businesses.

The blaze appears to have had knock-on effects across the capital for internet services. A Reg reader reports that areas

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Oh no, Moto! Cable modem has hardcoded 'technician' backdoor
Thursday, 09 April 2015 17:28

Researchers at Rapid7 have turned up a set of typically dumb vulnerabilities in Motorola's DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 3.0-capable SURFboard SBG 6580 cable broadband modem.

The device, which also ships under the Arris brand, has vulnerabilities included hardcoded login credentials that will allow an outside attacker to take control of the kit.

This goes beyond the usual “ooh hax0rs can get my modem” FUD, because once exploited, an attacker could drop a user's computer into the DMZ, leaving the machine naked to the outside world.

As the Rapid7 post states : “these vulnerabilities are not all that unusual for embedded devices with web

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang
Thursday, 09 April 2015 16:28

Last Wednesday's blaze in Holborn, which knocked out power and internet access across London , could have been sparked by thieves pulling a daring heist to pocket £200m in precious stones and metals.

"I think that probably was deliberate," John O’Connor, former head of Scotland Yard's Flying Squad told capital radio station LBC.

"I've never heard of an outage of electricity like that causing a fire that lasted as long as that. That seems to me as too much of a coincidence."

The fire started in an electrical junction box buried under Kingsway near Holborn Underground Station. It burned through

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Tasmania wants more backbone
Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:19

The government of the Australian state of Tasmania has commissioned a feasibility study into a possible new optical fibre cable across the Bass Strait.

Until this century, the island state's only connection to the Australian mainland was provided by Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, which has two fibre routes. That was supplemented by the Basslink cable, which opened in 2005.

During 2014, SubPartners announced that it would construct a cable, APX Central, to connect Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney.

However, if this report in the Hobart Mercury is accurate, the Hobart landing is conditional on a contribution worth AU$20 million

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