5 Sad Facts About America's Ridiculously Slow Internet

Anyone who’s ever stared glass-eyed at a Netflix video that won’t load or stuttered through a glitchy Skype call knows that the United States leaves its citizens starving for bandwidth. But the latest data in Akamai’s annual “State of the Internet” report presents some pretty depressing statistics about American’s … » 3/31/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

The History of Comcast As Told By Google Autofill

The other day I googled Comcast for a story about the internet. The Google Autofill results were…intriguing. People are curious about how Comcast does many things, namely things that are evil. » 3/20/15 12:10pm 3/20/15 12:10pm

FCC Passes Strongest Net Neutrality Rules In America's History

The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country's history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war's not yet over. » 2/26/15 1:01pm 2/26/15 1:01pm

Did the Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It's a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let's be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy. » 2/04/15 3:09pm 2/04/15 3:09pm

It's Finally Game Time for Net Neutrality

On Thursday, the government is expected to propose new net neutrality rules that would treat the internet more like a public utility. According to several reports, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is great… » 2/02/15 12:50pm 2/02/15 12:50pm

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger May Not Happen

The FCC Just Redefined Broadband So Expect Faster Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to redefine broadband as "internet which is actually fast enough to use." Now, in order to call its service broadband, companies will need to guarantee download speeds of 25 megabits per second or faster and upload speeds of 3 Mbps or faster. This is really,… » 1/29/15 11:48am 1/29/15 11:48am

Why You Should Care That The FCC Is Trying To Redefine Broadband

In the wake of the ongoing net neutrality argument, another equally important squabble between regulators and telecoms companies has been overlooked. The FCC is trying to redefine 'broadband' as "internet which is actually fast enough to use", and telecoms companies don't like that one little bit. » 1/24/15 6:00pm 1/24/15 6:00pm

Every State Should Make the Bold Internet Investment New York Just Did

Good news if you live in New York! Your internet is about to get faster and cheaper, and all it took was the shuffling of funds from big corporate banks to companies working hard to improve infrastructure for the good of the people—if you live in New York. Good job, New York. Your turn, every other state. » 1/16/15 4:15pm 1/16/15 4:15pm

Obama Wants Us To Have Better Internet

In addition to laying out the framework for new cybersecurity laws, Mr President also did some dabbling in internet regulation today. Expect the FCC to get some very serious-sounding letters in the mail soon. » 1/13/15 9:26pm 1/13/15 9:26pm

How to Beat TWC and Comcast's Bullshit Modem Rental Fees 

The only thing worse than paying out the tuchus for unreliable internet from Time Warner Cable and Comcast is being forced pay a monthly rental fee for a modem you need to access that crappy internet. Happy New Year! The fees on both TWC and Comcast are going up yet again. Here's how to buy your own modem so you can… » 1/02/15 12:45pm 1/02/15 12:45pm

Local ISP Offers Internet Speeds 10 Times Faster Than Google Fiber

While Kansas City and others gloat about their gigabit internet from Google Fiber, a small internet service provider in Minnesota is about to offer stupid fast 10-gigabit connections to consumers. US Internet just announced that the new service will be available to 30,000 households in Minneapolis next summer. It'll… » 12/24/14 3:30pm 12/24/14 3:30pm

We Fixed Comcast's Bogus, Misleading Net Neutrality Statement

Comcast just put out a blog post about how it actually ("surprise!") supports net neutrality and agrees with President Obama's plan. It overlooked a few important facts, however. So we fixed it. A more accurate version follows below—look for our additions in [italics]. » 11/11/14 6:00pm 11/11/14 6:00pm

AT&T's $40 Internet, HBO and Amazon Prime Plan Is One Hell of a Deal

In the quest to entice us into their cord-tethered grasps, cable companies will come up with anything to win us over. But AT&T might have struck upon the first truly innovative deal: Broadband, plus HBO, and a year's subscription to Amazon Prime. For only $39 per month. » 9/22/14 5:02pm 9/22/14 5:02pm

Why You Should Set Up Your Own Community Fiber Network

Between the net neutrality debate and the Comcast/TWC merger, high-speed Internet access is getting more attention than ever. A lot of that attention is negative, and rightly so: Internet access providers, especially certain very large ones, have done a pretty good job of divvying up the nation to leave most Americans… » 8/01/14 5:15am 8/01/14 5:15am

How New York Could Stop the Comcast-TWC Merger

This week, the world was reminded of just how awful Comcast can be, thanks to the recording of one appalling customer service call. But that flare-up was also a reminder of how many people could find themselves trapped in similar situations, with fewer ways out, if Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable goes through.… » 7/17/14 12:26pm 7/17/14 12:26pm

Who's Really to Blame When Netflix Slows Down?

If you're a Netflix customer on Verizon, there's a good chance you've spending a lot more time with that bright red buffering screen than you'd like. That's why, over the past few weeks, Netflix and Verizon have been displacing blame by taking pot shots at each other. But while they're busy bickering, we're the ones… » 7/16/14 10:00am 7/16/14 10:00am

If You Have DSL, You're Probably Not Getting What You Pay For

The FCC's fourth annual report on broadband speeds is in, and it's mostly good news. Unless you're DSL customer. If so, your internet speeds are most likely slower than advertised. And soon, several companies will get a letter from the FCC demanding an explanation. » 6/19/14 11:53am 6/19/14 11:53am