Today's Net Neutrality Proposal Would Help Fix Phone Throttling Bullshit

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler just dropped some serious net neutrality knowledge on the US. In short: he will be proposing that the internet be reclassified under an updated Title II, allowing the government agency to regulate against any unfair priority access to the internet. This is a good… » 2/04/15 1:10pm 2/04/15 1:10pm

How Far Companies Will Go to Protect You From Copyright Bullies

When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. » 10/28/14 9:55am 10/28/14 9:55am

Now YouTube Is Shaming ISPs For Slow Streaming Video

Sometime in the past few days, YouTube started showing a new error bar on slow-loading videos. "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why," it implores. Clicking through takes you to Google's Video Quality Report page, comparing streaming quality of your local ISPs. If your provider's slow, Google wants you to know. » 7/06/14 1:00pm 7/06/14 1:00pm

Your Internet Connection Is Almost Certainly Slower Than Advertised

Does your internet always seem too slow? Chances are, it is: a study by the Wall Street Journal suggests that the majority of ISPs deliver slower speeds than they advertise. » 4/22/14 6:45am 4/22/14 6:45am

Report: Amazon Is Testing Its Own Wireless Network

According to a Bloomberg report, Amazon has tested its own wireless network. As in a network that people would use to connect to the Internet. As in axing the middle man and essentially becoming a carrier or ISP on its own. As in potentially using a 'Amazon Wireless'-type service to get on the Internet from our… » 8/22/13 9:30pm 8/22/13 9:30pm

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

The Secret Deals That Make YouTube Buffer

If you ever find yourself having to wait for YouTube to buffer video—but ads, they load just fine—then don't worry, you're not alone. In fact, it's likely you're on the receiving end of a corporate deal which limits how much you can enjoy online video. » 7/29/13 3:43am 7/29/13 3:43am

Verizon FiOS Is The Best Cable Bundle, Says Consumer Reports

Cable companies routinely score lower in customer satisfaction than almost any other consumer service, and a large part of that is the fact that most Americans can't choose their cable provider. But if you do have options, you should choose Verizon FiOS, according to a new report from Consumer Reports. » 3/28/13 11:15am 3/28/13 11:15am

How To Ditch Your Cable Internet Provider Forever

You've had it up to here with being treated more like a revenue stream than a customer by your cable internet provider and are ready to jump ship. Fantastic, but if not to a competing telco, then to where? Here are four broadband alternatives that don't require a visit from the cable guy. » 1/19/13 12:00pm 1/19/13 12:00pm

Google Fiber Has Real World Speeds of 700 Mbps

Google Fiber is being installed all over Kansas City right now and people are so happy about the blazing fast speed that they've posted pictures of their speed tests. It's ridiculous. People with Google Fiber can expect 700 Mbps down on ethernet and about 200 Mbps down on Wi-Fi. That's ISP heaven on Earth. » 11/13/12 11:00pm 11/13/12 11:00pm

Guy Gets So Mad With Internet Service Provider He Breaks Into the…

I've had my share of frustrating episodes with Internet Service Providers, but never to the point of hacking into their servers three times in one day, deleting data, walking into their office wielding an axe and threatening the owner with it. That's what Bryce Kingsley Quilley did. » 7/17/12 8:09am 7/17/12 8:09am

Iran Denies It's Shutting Down the Internet in August, Merely Building…

Iran has issued a strongly worded statement denying reports from yesterday that the country planned to shut itself off from the rest of the Internet. Quite the contrary—Iran is just building its own, closed version. Totally different! » 4/10/12 11:40pm 4/10/12 11:40pm

Iran Hopes to Be Rid of Meddlesome Internet by August

Iran has had it up to here with the Internet—Google's easy access to information, iTunes' funneling in of Western Media, and don't even get them started on Stuxnet—all totally the Internet's fault. So, to preserve theocratic rule in the modern era, Iran is cutting off the Internet. Like, completely. » 4/09/12 11:20pm 4/09/12 11:20pm

Squirrels Continue to Be Awful By Wrecking People's Internet

Level 3 Communications, a major ISP, has a serious beef with squirrels. It turns out the little rodents have a penchant for chewing through their fiber optic lines. They actually account for 17% of the damages to their 84,000 mile network this year. » 8/08/11 7:20pm 8/08/11 7:20pm

Comcast Is Offering Broadband to Low-Income Families for $10

In an effort to help get everybody online, Comcast has elected to offer discounted broadband access and even affordable computers to low-income household across the US. Nice job, because it shouldn't be just higher-ups enjoying Caturday. » 8/08/11 12:40pm 8/08/11 12:40pm

Coastal And Mid-Atlantic States Have Way Faster Internet

Congratulations, Pocatello Idaho. You have American's slowest Internet. That's according to a new study by Pando Networks that tracked Internet download speeds and completion rates across the country for five months this year. » 7/27/11 2:54pm 7/27/11 2:54pm

A Cloudy Future: Tough Questions for the ISPs

Should ISPs should be able to limit or cut off your internet access for "overuse"? We won't get to the heart of this matter until people start asking the right questions. And so with that in mind I wanted to summarize the key issues. I'm also going to include a few questions that will make any broadband provider… » 7/21/11 5:00pm 7/21/11 5:00pm

Tougher ISP Piracy Stance Isn't Actually That Tough

Just how many times can you illegally download content and get away with it, officially speaking? A new agreement between major US ISPs and the music and movie industry has pegged it at six. Give or take. Honestly, they don't really care that much. » 7/07/11 12:20pm 7/07/11 12:20pm

The ISPs Are About to Take a Harder Stance Against Piracy

According to Cnet's Greg Sandoval, internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are working with media groups such as the RIAA and MPAA to adopt stricter anti-piracy policies which gradually increase the consequences for illegally downloading and distributing copyrighted material. » 6/23/11 10:59am 6/23/11 10:59am

This Is the Best Time Warner Cable Takedown Yet

>Is making fun of Time Warner Cable like beating a dead horse? Maybe, if the horse were still alive and twisting your life into a waking nightmare. So when comedian Eugene Mirman gets out the whoopin stick, it's so very extra-satisfying. » 5/26/11 5:00pm 5/26/11 5:00pm