Companies, Google, Internet, Internet of Things (IoT), VR World

Google Fiber Might Be Coming To Chicago And Los Angeles

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Google Fiber is a gigabit internet access network and it currently serves both Internet and TV to its users. Right now, it is available in 18 metropolitan areas. The highly touted internet access service is one of the most interesting novelties on the market today. The expansion set by Google Fiber closely follows their competition’s actions. According to reports, Google Fiber will come to Los Angeles and Chicago. We’ve seen AT&T announce their expansion plans. Expansion set to go forward will take the internet providing giant into an additional 38 cities. This will in turn create a lot of buzz for high-speed internet access all across

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Business, Cloud Computing, VR World

Verizon FIOS Speeds Go Symmetrical

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For the longest time, Verizon’s FIOS service was considered the fastest in the land and everyone oogled over living in an area that offered Verizon FIOS. It also had some of the best upload speeds available at the time, which would make anyone looking to upload their own content an incredibly happy camper. However, Verizon’s FIOS service was an assymetrical fiber optic service which meant that users were getting services like 50 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload, and 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload. However, in some other countries their fiber services are symmetrical, meaning that 100 Mbps download also has a 100

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Business, Cloud Computing, VR World

FCC Broadband Report Finds US ISPs Failing to Deliver on Many Levels

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The FCC recently released their fourth Measuring Broadband America report, which I believe to be their most damning. This year’s broadband report hit on five major points: Speed consistency Download speed performance varies too much DSL is lagging behind fiber and cable speeds Consumers continue to move to faster speeds Upload speeds vary sharply In terms of speed consistency, The FCC stated that very few ISPs were delivering 100% of the speeds that they were promising to consumers. Most of the broadband ISPs claim their speeds as ‘up to’ in order to save their skin, however some ISPs like Cablevision are delivering 100% or better of

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Business, Enterprise, VR World

Level 3 Communications Buys TW Telecom for $5.6 Billion

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Level 3 Communications has announced that they will be buying the former Time Warner Cable internet service for enterprise division (TW Telecom) for $5.6 billion ($7.3 billion with debt), further increasing their size and scope. Some news sites have made the mistake saying that Level 3 Communications is buying Time Warner Cable, which is simply not correct. TW Telecom was started as a joint venture between Time Warner Cable and US West which is now a part of Centurylink. However, TW Telecom has operated as an independent entity for quite some time and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ as TWTC. The deal is currently

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Business, Entertainment, Opinion, VR World

Webpass, The Best Little ISP You've Never Heard of

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk about ISPs (internet service providers) with the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable as well as all of the Net Neutrality legislation and news going around. In this era of essentially no competition among internet service providers, many customers are generally stuck with 2, maybe 3 choices for internet service in their area, which is actually worse than the current state of wireless which is also essentially an oligopoly. In most places, you have the choice between some sort of cable TV provider that also provides internet service and a telephone provider, usually being Comcast, Time Warner

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Business, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Entertainment, VR World

Level 3 Communications Calls Out US ISPs for Intentionally Slowing Down Networks

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In a recent blog posted on Level 3 Communications’ own website, Mark Taylor VP of Content and Media at Level 3, spoke about how Level 3 Communications’ own networks work and even made a small plug about how the company has spent over $40 billion on building up their 180,000 miles of high speed fiber to help interconnect the internet. However, where their connections terminate with their peers is ultimately where they are the most vulnerable. However, Level 3 obviously does not cover the entire globe and their customers need to be able to connect to the whole globe, so there are peering agreements that

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Business, Cloud Computing, Entertainment, Software Programs

Netflix Calls Out Comcast, Comcast is Ruining the Internet for All

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So, late last week the good people over at Netflix that have been battling the ludicrous battle with the ISPs posted a blog about why they believe Comcast’s behavior is something that they vehemently oppose. While the post itself talks about their opposition of ‘ISP tolls’ where ISPs like Comcast charge them more money to deliver their content to consumers more quickly, they also mentioned their opposition to the Comcast-TWC merger. Netflix’s Kevin Florance, VP of Content Delivery at Netflix, took the time in their post to explain how their performance had been suffering with Comcast customers and amid talks with Comcast eventually came to

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