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Streaming Video Junkies Devour Over Half the Traffic on the Internet

Sandvine just released its twice yearly report on internet traffic, and it's a doozy. While it's no surprise to see mobile growing and Snapchat kicking ass, it's a little bit mind-bending to learn that binge-watching streaming addicts gobble up over half the traffic on the internet in North America. That's a lot of… » 5/14/14 6:00pm 5/14/14 6:00pm

Facebook and Google Are Buying Up the Cables That Carry the Internet

It can get a little bit annoying when people ramble on about how Facebook and Google are taking over the world. They're just websites! But when those websites start to buy up other things, say, the very cables that connect the people of the world—well that's actually pretty alarming. » 12/17/13 12:07pm 12/17/13 12:07pm

Corkscrew Lasers Are About to Revolutionize Internet Bandwidth

We transmit almost a thousand petabytes of data over the ‘nets every month—an amount that’s growing exponentially, thanks to your narcissistic obsession with Snapchat. In fact, we’re quickly closing in on the limits of how much data optical fiber can transmit. Luckily, scientists at Boston University recently… » 6/28/13 6:26pm 6/28/13 6:26pm

Simple Router Software Could Boost Public Wi-Fi Throughput By 700…

Using public Wi-Fi is a hit-and-miss endeavor: sometime's its perfect, at others it's bogged down so much as to be worthless. Fortunately a team of researchers has hit on a solution that can improve throughput by 700 percent—and because it's software-based, it won't even need any new hardware to have us all… » 11/15/12 9:01am 11/15/12 9:01am

The Pasta-Shaped Radio Waves That Promise Infinite Bandwidth

Try sending a text message at midnight on New Year's Eve, and you'll struggle: there's too much data and not enough bandwidth to cope with it. But now a team of researchers has developed twisted radio waves inspired by pasta, which could allow a "potentially infinite" number of channels to be broadcast simultaneously. » 3/02/12 7:40am 3/02/12 7:40am

How Bad Do We Really Have it? Bandwidth Caps Around the World

Remember the days when unlimited Internet connections were just that? Unlimited? I'm not talking about a generational gap here—it seems like but a few years ago, that $40, or $60, or $80 you shuffled away to your favorite Internet service provider each month got you true unlimited Internet. You could download Linux… » 6/17/11 1:40pm 6/17/11 1:40pm

FCC: "Broadband" Now Means 4 Mbps Down

The FCC has re-defined the minimum requirements of broadband to 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. That's a huge jump up from the previous minimum of 200Kbps but is fitting given our video streaming, downloading and cloud living times. As for myself, I could barely live with 4 Mbps down but then the FCC reminds me… » 7/23/10 12:29pm 7/23/10 12:29pm