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New York City Is Very Pissed About Verizon's Failed FiOS Rollout

If you live in New York City, you most likely don’t have access to Verizon’s very 21st-century fiber optic internet service, FiOS. And you should be because Verizon told the city in a contract that it would deliver fiber to every household by 2014. As of today 75-percent of New York City is still without FiOS. » 6/18/15 10:45am 6/18/15 10:45am

Comcast Treats City to Fiber After Suing It For Installing Fiber

Insulting news, residents of Chattanooga! Comcast will soon offer its 2 Gigabit-per-second fiber internet service to some 200,000 customers in the area. Why insulting? Because just a few years ago Comcast sued Chattanooga’s utility board for building a fiber network, forcing residents to use its own super slow… » 5/01/15 1:16pm 5/01/15 1:16pm

Could Humble Milkweed Replace Down Feathers In Your Outdoor Gear?

Down is the most effective commonly-available insulator for outdoors apparel. But, it's also expensive, loses its ability to insulate when wet (if untreated) and — there's no way around this — is horribly cruel to most of the ducks and geese who donate their underfeathers. Now, there may be a real alternative:… » 4/16/15 5:00pm 4/16/15 5:00pm

Obama's Plan to Loosen Comcast's Stranglehold on Your Internet

President Obama glad-handed some network engineers in Cedar Falls, Iowa today. No, it was not a campaign stop. (He's done running for president.) The commander-in-chief's visit to the local utility office of Iowa's first gigabit city is a mission statement: America needs more internet service providers that aren't… » 1/14/15 3:50pm 1/14/15 3:50pm

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 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… » 8/13/13 3:40am 8/13/13 3:40am