The Promising (But Problematic) Future of Ultra-Fast Internet

While you weren't looking, the internet got super fast. I'm not talking Google Fiber fast. I'm talking Star Trek fast. Today, it's not just possible to download a movie in seconds. New technology makes it easy to download dozens of movies in fractions of a second. Fast is almost too slow a word to describe such speed. » 2/28/14 10:00am 2/28/14 10:00am

Comcast-TWC Would Be a Monopoly, But That Probably Won't Stop It

The proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast—the nation's two largest cable and home Internet providers—has once again raised the specter of monopoly control over yet another American utility. Are these fears overblown? Nope! It's really that bad. » 2/26/14 12:20pm 2/26/14 12:20pm

This New "Pure" Laser Makes Fiber Optic Networks 20x Better

Whether you're a huge geek or a total luddite, you've got to be excited when scientists invent a new kind of laser, especially one that stands to replace the one we've been using for fiber optic communications for the last 40 years. A team of CalTech researchers did just that. Be excited. » 2/20/14 12:20pm 2/20/14 12:20pm

How Comcast-TWC Will End Your All-You-Can Internet Buffet

There are broad, sweeping implications for the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This is not one of them. This is a very specific, fine print change. But for TWC customers—and, eventually, the rest of us—it's going to be the single worst part of the deal. Welcome to broadband data caps! They're here to… » 2/16/14 12:00pm 2/16/14 12:00pm

Why the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's recent post on Net Neutrality started off well. It rightly noted that "[v]iolations of network neutrality are a real and serious problem: in recent years we have seen dozens of ISPs in the U.S. and around the world interfere with and discriminate against traffic on their networks." » 2/01/14 11:00am 2/01/14 11:00am

How to Beat Time Warner's Bullsh*t Modem Rental Fee

The only thing worse than paying out the tuchus for unreliable Time Warner Cable service is being forced pay $4 (NOW $6) per month to rent the cable modem necessary to use this crappy internet. Here's how to buy your own modem and stick it to the man, no matter where you live. Because screw you, Time Warner. » 7/30/13 2:24pm 7/30/13 2:24pm

Rural California Finally Gets Broadband Internet, Still Waiting For…

A California ISP called Cal.net is rolling out service in El Dorado county where almost 60,000 residents have minimal internet access. Cal.net is taking advantage of unused portions of the radio spectrum, called white spaces, to send wireless signal over long distances. » 4/21/13 12:45pm 4/21/13 12:45pm

FreedomPop's New Router Hooks Up Your Home With Free, Wireless Broadband

You've only got so many options when it comes to home Internet. Don't like the folks who own the Internet-pipes in your neighborhood? Too bad. Well, FreedomPop is aiming to put another option on the table: a $89 4G router with free data built right in. » 3/06/13 9:00am 3/06/13 9:00am

Rumor: Comcast Readying 305 Mbps Home Internet

If you want blisteringly fast home internet, the best option is currently Verizon's FiOS Quantum which gives you a connection capable of speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Not wanting to be outdone, though, Comcast is reported to be preparing its own super-fast home internet which can manage 305 Mbps. » 7/20/12 7:12am 7/20/12 7:12am

Comcast Increases Its Monthly Data Cap from 250GB to 300GB

In a welcome move that Comcast says is due to our changing Internet habits (streaming, streaming, streaming), Comcast is upping its monthly data caps from 250GB to 300GB. Nice! That's definitely less awful. This is the first increase in data cap size since Comcast introduced it back in 2008. » 5/17/12 1:52pm 5/17/12 1:52pm