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The DNS was designed for diversity, but site admins aren't buying
Thursday, 01 March 2018 16:02

The world's top eight DNS providers now control 59 per cent of name resolution for the biggest Websites - and that puts the Web at risk, according to a group of Harvard University researchers.

The group was led by Harvard's Shane Greenstein, and warned that since 2011, the "entropy" of the DNS (referring to how widely distributed it is) has fallen, becoming concentrated in "a small number of dominant cloud services companies".

That state of affairs, the group's research paper (PDF) argued, creates fragility if attackers find a weakness in those DNS services.

The DNS (the databases that convert human-readable

FCC levies largest ever fine: $614m on Verizon (that's about three days of profit for telco giant)
Thursday, 01 March 2018 12:08

Verizon's $3.1bn Straight Path gobble got a little more expensive this week, thanks to a $614m fine dished out by America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission.

The regulator sought to punish Straight Path for breaking its promise to roll out working high-speed cellular networks across the US using its rights to 5G spectrum frequencies.

Rather than build out decent cell tower installations, though, Straight Path only deployed temporary masts, and in some cases the equipment installed just simply stopped working. In short: Straight Path was supposed to roll out a decent 5G wireless broadband network across America, and instead

Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law: All ISPs in state must obey
Thursday, 01 March 2018 07:54

The US state of Washington is on the verge of passing a sweeping new set of net neutrality safeguards that would apply to all carriers within its borders.

The bill, HB 2282 , would bar anyone offering broadband services within the state from throttling traffic, offering paid prioritization, or blocking lawful content. The bill also requires ISPs to post their policies on traffic management within their networks online for all to see.

The legislation was passed overwhelmingly in both legislative bodies - 93-5 by the house and 35-15 in the senate - and is widely expected to be signed into

Virgin Media's Brit biz broadband goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Upset People
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:25

We knew Virgin Media was going down the toilet – but not quite this way. For several hours on Tuesday, its business broadband has been offline in the UK, leaving folks unable to reach the internet.

"Our customers may be experiencing a total loss of service on broadband and data services," the cable ISP admitted earlier this afernoon.

"We’re currently experiencing a problem which is affecting our broadband and data services. We’re working hard to resolve this as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing."

Angry Reg readers have told us the outage kicked off around

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:34

Ofcom has given all four UK mobile operators the go-ahead to bid in the forthcoming 4G and 5G auction, as well as Hull-based fixed wireless ISP Connexin and Airspan Spectrum Holdings, a subsidiary of US outfit Airspan.

Spectrum in two bands will be made available through the auction process, which Ofcom expects to start in late March.

That includes 40MHz to be auctioned in the 2.3GHz band, which will be immediately available for 4G services; and the 150MHz of spectrum to be auctioned in the 3.4GHz band, key to the rollout of 5G in the next two years.

Both Three

US national security agency sniffs around Broadcom bid for Qualcomm – reports
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:46

The tale of the Qualcomm and Broadcom merger has taken a turn for the surreal, with The Men In Black (aka the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States – CFIUS) taking an interest.

CFIUS, an inter-agency panel that reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in the US, is likely a little concerned about Singapore-based Broadcom parking its tanks on Qualcomm's San Diego lawns.

Reuters reports that Senator John Cornyn, the number-two Republican in the Senate has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting that the CFIUS takes a closer look before Qualcomm's stockholder meeting

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