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Mar
2
2015

Grande Launches $65 1 Gbps Service in San Antonio -

Grande Communications has announced the company has started deploying 1 Gbps broadband services in San Antonio. According to a company announcement, the company says they’ll first be offering their 1 Gbps “Power 1000″ broadband tier in Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills. The company says they’ll be offering the service for $65 a month, though the tier will top out at 400 Mbps in areas not yet upgraded to a gig. Grande’s also offering 50Mbps at […]

Mar
1
2015

Net Neutrality Irony and Unintended Consequences

Ironically, March 1 to 7, 2015 is “National Consumer Protection Week” in the United States, a time when the Federal Trade Commission and 89 partners including nonprofit groups, businesses, and federal, state and local government agencies across the country will spotlight their efforts to protect consumers. The irony comes because new Federal Communication Commission rules on network neutrality, regulating Internet access as a common carrier service will have the effect of ending the FTC’s ability […]

Feb
27
2015

Sonic CEO: I Welcome Being Regulated As A Common Carrier -

Sonic.net CEO Dane Jasper is one of a growing number of ISP executives who’ve pointed out that the FCC’s new net neutrality rules — despite a lot of hand wringing from partisans and the mega-ISPs — are really not a big deal. In fact, Jasper has stated, the only people they really impact are ISP executives interested in anti-competitive behavior. ISPs already have to submit data to the FCC stating they’re engaged in reasonable traffic […]

Feb
27
2015

Qualcomm Unveils LTE Chipset That Can Use Wi-Fi Spectrum -

Qualcomm today unveiled a new wireless standard they claim can utilize unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum alongside traditional LTE wireless technology. According to the Qualcomm press release, the company’s new FSM 99xx chipset for small cells (in addition to new transceivers) will use Licensed Assisted Access — or LTE-Unlicensed — to take advantage of unlicensed bands. The company is expected to showcase the technology in great detail at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “The FSM99xx […]

Feb
27
2015

HTTPS-Breaking Malware That Plagued Lenovo Is Everywhere -

Last week we examined how Lenovo was under fire for including “Superfish” malware in the company’s consumer-grade laptops. The malware in question encrypted Web sessions and — because the private encryption key accompanying the Superfish-signed Transport Layer Security certificate appears is the same for every Lenovo machine — made Lenovo users vulnerable to HTTPS man-in-the-middle attacks that should be relatively easy for attackers to carry out. Lenovo was quick to issue a flimsy mea culpa […]

Feb
27
2015

TiVo Buys Remaining Scraps of Aereo at Auction -

Months after Aereo’s ambitions fell apart due to the Supreme Court ruling, TiVo appears to have acquired the remnants of Aereo’s operations, including the brand name. Jeff John Roberts at GigaOM notes that TiVo and other bidders were able to pick up these assets for a mere $2 million at auction, a significant distance from the $90 to $100 million invested in the company. It’s not a particularly flattering end note for a company that […]

Feb
26
2015

FCC Votes 3-2 In Favor Of Title II Based Neutrality Rules -

Surprising nobody, the FCC today voted 3-2 along party lines to impose Title II-based net neutrality rules. The decision comes after 4 million public comments, millions of dollars spent on ISP lobbying to derail the effort, and an unprecedented wave of consumer-advocate activism. Note the public still doesn’t get to see the rules yet, and may not get to see them for several weeks. While neutrality opponents have tried to claim this is an attempt […]

Feb
26
2015

FCC Votes 3-2 To Take Aim At State Municipal Broadband Bans -

For about as long this site has existed, we’ve documented the efforts of local towns and cities to build their own broadband networks — efforts usually only undertaken because these towns and cities lack access to meaningful broadband competition. Unfortunately, for just as long we’ve discussed the dirty tricks incumbent ISP lobbyists have used to derail these efforts, and the more than 20 state laws passed (usually based on ISP/ALEC draft legislation) to eliminate the […]

Feb
26
2015

Net Neutrality Rules Will Pass Today

The unknowns are the precise details, and even those won’t be available for a few weeks. The rules would not take effect until 30 days after publication. Then there will be a short stay of the rules, as lawsuits are filed. Then, in all likelihood, the rules will take effect until the lawsuits are heard and decided. How much uncertainty will be created in the U.S. telecommunications business is an issue. 

Feb
26
2015

It Remains Unclear if Dish's Wireless Ambitions are Serious -

Outside of the company’s pCell trials and experiments with fixed LTE, it remains unclear whether or not Dish truly intends to jump into the wireless industry with both feet, or if it’s simply acquiring valuable spectrum to warehouse for a very profitable sale down the line. Some of Dish’s spectrum holdings do have build out requirements, though they don’t appear to be causing much worry for the company. Ergen’s playing his hand close to his […]

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