Is your broadband internet service always up to speed when you need it?
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Ensuring that billions of dollars of federal funding for broadband service are well spent – and that consumers get what they pay for – comes down to knowing the actual speeds internet users experience.
You may have video gamers and binge watchers to blame when your internet’s on the blink.
Your mobile internet bandwidth is shared with others in your area. That’s why many people trying to access the iternet at the same time results in slower speeds.
What digital border controls should be used in Russia?
The Russian government would like to free itself from the global Internet. This push for “digital sovereignty” has raised technical scepticism and political concerns.
The recent Cloudflare outage was one of up to 14,000 the internet experiences every year thanks to its surprisingly fragile design.
Optical fibres carry data from the web, these cables were previously neutral containers – but not anymore.
Until last December, Internet service providers were required to respect the principle of web neutrality. This is no longer the case in the United States. What are the consequences?
AT&T and Time Warner are among the latest companies to merge.
A scholar of the media business tries to make sense of the flurry of merger news lately, and why the contested tie-up between AT&T and Time Warner will profoundly reshape the American media landscape.
Securing your home’s connection to the internet.
Here’s how to secure your home network, whether or not it has already been attacked by hackers.
Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer turned head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), rolled back President Barack Obama’s net neutrality policy in December.
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Repealing net neutrality regulations in the United States will be disastrous for the rest of the world.
Consolidation is happening at a rapid pace. But who will bear the brunt of the costs?
In the coming year, media companies will be adjusting to a new reality – one that ultimately leaves consumers with fewer choices.
The end of net neutrality in the US does not mean the rest of the world will follow – and there’s plenty of evidence that demonstrates continued commitment to open access.
A Zenzeleni cooperative member carefully aligns some equipment in the village of Mankosi, Eastern Cape.
South Africa has some of the highest mobile voice and data costs in the world. A project to deliver affordable services and keep money in communities with high unemployment rates could be the answer.
Is it time for Congress to act?
As the issue of an open and free internet again comes up for public debate, Congress could participate – and help regulators devise a workable set of policies.
It’s very hard to cut extremists off from the internet.
Efforts to kick extremists off the internet can’t succeed and might even have the unintended side effect of bolstering support for radical groups.
Are we really headed for a two-speed internet?
There are other more pressing problems when it comes to internet regulation.
VPNs are becoming essential.
As of today, Australian internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunications companies are officially required to collect “metadata” about their customers’ communications. According to the legislation…
There’s still a lot of the U.S. waiting to be wired up.
President Trump has touted infrastructure investment as a way to boost the U.S. economy. At the moment, he’s missing a key opportunity – expanding broadband internet service.
How many people are trying to connect America’s cities?
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World-class fiber-based internet service is available in less than a quarter of Los Angeles County. By contrast, it’s almost ubiquitous in Stockholm and Paris.
The Grand Tour, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, available on Amazon’s pay-to-view service is reportedly now the most illegally downloaded program.
A court has ruled that internet service providers in Australia should block access to some illegal file-sharing websites. But is there a better way to beat the priates?
The FCC has the power to save us from slow, expensive internet service.
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The Federal Communications Commission has broad power to support fast, affordable internet service reaching every home in the U.S. What are its limits – and its possibilities?