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Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:00

DOCSIS 3.1, a standard designed to deliver downloads at up to 10Gbps on existing hybrid fibre-coax cable television networks, has passed an interoperability test.

The Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DICSIS) standard is overseen by Cable Labs, a not-for-profit outfit that conducts research for the cable companies who fund it and fill its membership roster. Cable companies have an obvious interest in squeezing more out of their existing networks and DOCSIS 3.1 certainly does that: the standard's spec calls for download speeds of up to 10Gbps and uploads at 1Gbps, albeit over short distances.

DOCSIS last received a major

TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 03:27

Budget ISP TalkTalk has been accused of forcing customers to remain opted into a so-called Error Replacement Service that swaps NXDomain DNS results with an IP address .

The option to turn off the system has been busted for months now, but subscribers are still waiting for TalkTalk to fix the error with the Error Replacement Service.

Reg reader John flagged up TalkTalk's sluggish response to complaints about the system, which the Dido Harding-run firm uses to bag cash from typographical errors that are tapped into browser address bars.

"The cynic would say TalkTalk's apparent slowness in fixing the issue

NBN Co reveals product roadmap and Telstra planning deal
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:05

NBN Co has updated its product roadmap and Telstra has revealed it will help the company to plan future deployments.

The highlights of the new roadmap ( PDF ) are: A guesstimate that trials of a broadband service delivered over hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) cable (Pay TV cables) will start in Q4 of 2015; A second guesstimate that a launch of that HFC service will happen in 2015's first quarter; Confirmation that the company remains on track to deliver a fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) service in 2015's first quarter; A Q3 2015 likely delivery date for fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services.

The company's also revealed

Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown
Friday, 19 December 2014 13:36

Verizon reckons the FCC's net neutrality proposals can not lawfully stop ISPs charging websites big bucks to increase streaming speeds to subscribers.

In a letter to FCC secretary Marlene Dortch, the US telecoms giant said the FCC's Open Internet policies must not regulate peering agreements – because doing so would ruin the web, and overstep the regulator's powers by breaking the Administrative Procedure Act, it's claimed.

ISPs say traffic-heavy websites should pay towards the bandwidth they consume and sign deals for dedicated interconnects; net neutrality campaigners want everyone to exchange network packets freely so the playing field is level for

FCC: A few (680,000) net neutrality comments lost in 'XML blunder'
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:18

The US Federal Communications Commission says it misplaced a huge tranche of public comments on its net neutrality proposals – and has blamed its outdated IT system.

Four million missives were submitted via the FCC's website and in emails to staff; comments could be submitted in PDF, CSV, or plain text formats, and were converted into XML before they were published for everyone to review.

However, campaigners noticed a sizable chunk of submissions was missing from the published XML. Today, the FCC said that's because 680,000 comments didn't make it through the data conversion process.

"We think it’s important that

BT takes broadband to NEW PLACES. That's right: CITIES
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:05

BT is trumpeting a new test which will see it install broadband in some really hard-to-reach locations: the middle of cities. Well, provided it can get into the building in the first place.

It seems there are some places where it’s impossible to put a cabinet in the street, and that means slow broadband for domestic and small business users.

While the press release says “BT to pilot new technology in City of London”, it’s actually old technology. This is putting the cabinet that would have gone in the street into the basements of buildings. Except it’s not a cabinet

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