How to Escape Comcast and Get Your Internet Elsewhere

Comcast has confirmed that it's going to buy Time Warner Cable to form a huge, tangled monster of awfulness. Hooray! You want out? Lucky for you there are some alternatives to doing business with your monopolistic cable-internet master if you try hard enough. Here are your options, and good luck making your escape. » 2/13/14 9:52am 2/13/14 9:52am

A Tiny New Chip Promises Internet 400 Times Faster Than Google Fiber

Fast internet is fast. Google Fiber's gigabit connections? That's like driving a sports car compared to the go-cart-speed connection that's probably in your house. But new technology from IBM opens the door for connections that are beyond fast. Comparatively, it's like flying a fighter jet. » 2/12/14 2:24pm 2/12/14 2:24pm

The Fastest Real-World Internet Is 1000x Quicker than Google Fiber

Fiber internet is great no matter who's laying it down. Gigabit connection speeds? Hell yes. But if you thought that was fast, researchers in the UK have something better that will not only blow your hair back, but blow it right off: a 1.4 terabit connection, and all with commercial-grade hardware. » 1/22/14 12:20pm 1/22/14 12:20pm

Google Fiber Continues the Awful ISP Tradition of Banning “Servers”

In a Wired piece published recently, Ryan Singel assails Google's newfound hypocrisy when it comes to net neutrality. And he's right. Having spent many years fighting to stop Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating between different types of Internet traffic, the tech giant is now perpetuating a…
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This Is What an Undersea Data Cable Actually Looks Like

The internet doesn't just happen; it's served up to us by thousands of miles of physical cabling, and much of it, naturally, has to stretch under the sea in order to make it truly international. In case you've ever wondered, this is what one of those cables actually looks like. » 8/09/13 8:58am 8/09/13 8:58am

Gigabit Internet In Vermont Is Cheaper Than Google Fiber

There have been vague rumblings about ISPs stepping up to match Google Fiber's gigabit internet offering, especially since Google announced that the next Fiber city would be Austin. Now 600 residents of Vermont are actually getting those speeds at half the Fiber price. What gives? » 4/28/13 3:00pm 4/28/13 3:00pm

Hollow Fiber Optic Tunnels Can Blast Data at Practically the Speed of…

We all want faster downloads, and developments like graphene antennas promise a speedy future. There is an upper limit—the speed of light—but that should be fast enough, right? Well a new kind of hollow fiber optic cable promises to get us 99.7 percent of the way there. » 3/25/13 1:49pm 3/25/13 1:49pm

Google Fiber Finally Reaches Outside of Kansas City

Google has announced the first expansion of its new Fiber service. Its internet provision will now spill out of Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., into the city of Olathe, Kan.—a Kansas City suburb with 125,000 residents. » 3/20/13 4:43am 3/20/13 4:43am

China's Requiring All New Houses Built Near Fiber to Have It Installed

Here in the US, the one pushing fiber hardest is Google, and for the time being, you're only able to get some of that sweet, sweet juice if you're in Kansas City. And you'll have to pay for it. In China, things are a bit different. A new policy now requires all residences built near fiber (within a mile) to be wired… » 1/12/13 6:00pm 1/12/13 6:00pm