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Sep
29
2014

NY PSC Pushes Back Comcast Merger Decision -

The New York Public Service Commission has announced that the agency will be delaying their decision on whether to approve Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In a PSC filing (pdf), the agency says they’ll be voting on whether to approve the deal on November 13, significantly later than the October 2 vote originally scheduled. The deal will impact roughly 2.2 million consumers in New York State, and 3,000 comments have been filed […]

Sep
29
2014

Comcast Still Struggles in Latest JD Power TV Satisfaction Study -

The cable companies that pioneered cable television continue to flounder in JD Power and Associates’ latest TV customer satisfaction survey. According to the latest results from the firm, DIRECTV and Verizon FiOS (738) tied for top honors in TV customer satisfaction in the East region; AT&T U-verse (750) ranks highest in the North Central region; Verizon FiOS (751) ranks highest in the South region; and DISH Network (739) ranks highest in the West region. When […]

Sep
29
2014

BT Promises 1 Gbps Over Copper FTTN -

British Telecom, like many telcos here in the States, have been criticized for their refusal to upgrade wide swaths of copper network — though the company says they’ve found an advancement that could deliver significant upgrades for those users. BT says they’ve been conducting trials of G-Fast technology capable of delivering 800 Mbps downstream and 200Mbps upstream via fiber to the cabinet (aka fiber to the node, or FTTN here in the States). The problem, […]

Sep
29
2014

AT&T Promo Doubles Data Allotments — on 15 GB Plans and Up -

AT&T is running a new promotion that doubles the data allotments for Mobile Share Value Plan customers — but only if you buy buckets of data 15 GB in size or larger. According to the AT&T announcement, the promotion runs from yesterday, September 28, to October 31. While a limited time promotion, users who sign up for the double data allotment promo will be able to keep that usage plan for the life of the […]

Sep
29
2014

Consumer Reports: iPhone 6 Plus 'Not as Bendy as Believed' -

Consumer Reports, who you’ll recall was all over Apple for the company’s flawed antenna design of the iPhone 4, has issued a report stating that the bending issues related to the new iPhone 6 Plus have been overblown. The organization conducted a series of exhaustive stress tests on the device to ultimately conclude that the phone is “not as bendy as believed.” The accompanying video illustrates they used a “three-point flexural test,” to test the […]

Sep
26
2014

Comcast Says New 'Customer Experience' VP Will Fix Everything -

Comcast has never been a consumer favorite, showing up in last place or close to it in nearly every customer satisfaction survey out there for much of the last decade. There’s a number of reasons for this, ranging from poor subcontractor hiring practices to an endless ocean of rate hikes of seemingly endless variety, but after a decade most sensible people conclude that Comcast really just doesn’t want to spend the money to make sure […]

Sep
26
2014

Study: Just 16% of Top Films Available on Netflix -

Over the top video players get a lot of due credit for being disruptive disruptive, though restrictive Hollywood licensing continues to prevent streaming video operators from being anywhere near as disruptive to traditional business models as they could be. Case in point: Research firm KPMG this week released a new study funded by NBC that studied the broadband streaming availability of the 808 most popular and critically acclaimed films. On its surface, the study appears […]

Sep
26
2014

LGBT Sites Get Caught up in GoGo Web Filters as Porn -

Historically one of the biggest problems with Internet filters is over-reach; once the door is opening to censoring specific corners of the web, some individuals can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to pushing the censorship envelope. This certainly seems to be true for the Internet filters GoGo is applying to their in-flight broadband connections, now available on the majority of airlines. Ars Technica points out that GoGo has a pretty strange definition of […]

Sep
26
2014

Google Says They're Making Progress on Broadband By Balloon -

In June of last year Google unveiled Google Loon, the latest in a long line of similar projects that will use hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas. Project Loon will use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, well above the range of commercial aircraft. Ground base stations set some sixty miles apart communicate with solar-powered radio transmitters affixed to the […]

Sep
26
2014

FCC's Democrats: Apply Neutrality Rules to Wireless -

At a speech (pdf) given this week at net neutrality forum in Sacramento both Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel unsurprisingly made it clear that they support the prevention of so-called Internet “fast lanes,” and that they’d like to see network neutrality rules applied to wireless networks. The original rules, co-written by AT&T, Verizon and Google quite by design omitted rules to wireless, and in recent months FCC boss Tom Wheeler has hinted that […]

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