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Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads

A study in the US has found that, where they're still allowed, municipally-owned broadband networks are likely to deliver customers a better value than what the cable giants offer. The research (PDF), conducted by Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, found that over a four-year period, homes that …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018

Totally shock claim: Comcast accused of gouging TV rivals

US cable giant Comcast has been accused of strong-arming smaller carriers into paying too much for some of its TV channels. This week, Wave Broadband alleged [PDF] Comcast, through its NBCUniversal subsidiary, forced it to sign an unfavorable deal in order to carry the regional sports networks it owned in the Washington, …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Dec 2017
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AT&T, Comcast trash, kill Nashville's Googley broadband cable rules

An American city's efforts to make it easier for Google and upstart ISPs to compete against cable giants has been unceremoniously unplugged. Middle Tennessee District Court judge Victoria Roberts decided [PDF] last week that Nashville overstepped its authority when it streamlined the process for carriers' engineers to lawfully …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2017
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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

A fat-fingered configuration blunder at Level 3 temporarily sent a chunk of internet connectivity in America and the wider world to level zero on Monday. The global backbone provider admitted it was at fault for rolling outages that have plagued big patches of US this morning, West Coast time, particularly for Comcast …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2017
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Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

With Houston in the midst of severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, telcos say they are so far maintaining service and will help with emergency efforts by waiving service costs. Mobile carriers AT&T, Verizon and T‑Mobile all say they will be providing residents of the areas hit hardest by the storm free calls and data service …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2017

Hate it when your apartment block is locked to Comcast etc? Small ISPs fight back

A group of small ISPs is asking America's broadband watchdog to ban exclusivity deals that lock apartment buildings to a single broadband provider. Incompas, a Washington DC advocacy group for ISPs and telcos, told the FCC in a filing [PDF] that it should end the practice of landlords and building owners making deals with a …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Aug 2017
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It's official: Outages are only the second-worst thing about Comcast

Comcast subscribers say that the US cable giant's notorious billing system is the worst and most infuriating thing about the biz. This according to tens of thousands of complaints filed with America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, from November 2014 to May 2017 covering Comcast's TV and cable internet services. In other words, …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Aug 2017
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The Next Big Thing in Wi-Fi? Multiple access points in every home

Opinion Faultline suspects there is going to be a patents battle in Wi‑Fi mesh software. The reason this is important is because of a second suspicion: that operators around the world will move lock, stock and barrel to multiple Wi-Fi Access Points in each home, potentially doubling or even trebling the number of devices in next …
Faultline, 7 Aug 2017
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Charter sprints from rinky-dink Sprint hints

US cable monster Charter Communications says it has no interest in acquiring mobile carrier Sprint – at least for the time being. This after industry rumors suggested Charter was mulling making a bid for Sprint that would give the cableco an in‑house mobile provider. Charter is otherwise poised to launch a cellphone service …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Aug 2017
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For one night only: Net neutrality punch-up between Big Cable, Big Web this September

The American spectator sport that is net neutrality has just got its own Rumble in the Jungle. On September 7, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled "Ground rules for the Internet eco-system," its chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced during a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, and it is …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2017

Guess who's here to tell us we're all totally wrong about net neutrality? Of course, it's Comcast

Analysis Comcast has barreled into the fight over net neutrality by arguing that the current rules impose "onerous" regulations and "substantial costs that undermine investment." The filing [PDF] to the FCC – America's broadband watchdog – comes a day after internet giants Google, Facebook, Amazon and others argued through the Internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2017
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Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up

A Texas telco says Comcast sabotaged its cable network after it refused a buyout offer. Telecom Cable, which provided services in and around Houston, claimed Comcast agents dug up and destroyed its lines in 2015, forcing the company out of business and driving its owners out of the Lone Star State. Now, Telecom's former …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul. A letter [PDF] sent to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and signed by the 14 people claims that their names and addresses were used to post …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017

Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

An activist group says it was threatened by Comcast lawyers after it pointed out the cable giant's efforts to astroturf the FCC with fake comments on net neutrality. Fight for the Future, a self-described digital rights group opposed to the FCC's planned net neutrality overhaul, says the US cable giant's lawyers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2017
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What's your worst nightmare? A Comcast, Charter cellphone network? Oh, it's coming

Much-loved US cable giants Comcast and Charter, which both long to run their own cellphone networks, are teaming up to make their wireless nightmare, er, dream a reality. Under the terms of the partnership announced Monday morning, Charter and Comcast will together develop shared hardware and software backbones to support …
Shaun Nichols, 8 May 2017
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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

Update US cable giant Comcast is looking to calm public outrage over its newfound ability to sell the browsing histories of its customers. In a post to the company's corporate policy blog, chief privacy officer Gerard Lewis vowed not to take advantage of the recently passed legislation limiting the FCC's ability to protect consumer …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Mar 2017
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Comcast lied and now it must STFU: Its cable broadband is not 'the fastest' in the US

Lying Comcast will no longer be able to advertise its cable internet service as the "fastest" following a decision from the US National Advertising Review Board. The ads watchdog issued a "recommendation" that the alternate-fact-spreading cable giant stop telling Americans that its cable and Wi‑Fi internet services offer the …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Feb 2017

Comcast is totally down with you using a Roku to watch Xfinity cable TV – but it'll cost you extra

Comcast has kicked off a beta program that will let customers watch TV on Roku hardware, but only if they pay extra. The US cable giant has released a beta Xfinity TV app for newer Roku devices that will allow customers to watch cable channels directly from the device. This lets customers use their streaming hardware in place …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Feb 2017

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