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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

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

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

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

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

Is Comcast Really Blocking The Pirate Bay?

According to The Pirate Bay guys, they can't confirm if Comcast is actually blocking the site, but there has been "a significant drop in visitors from the US." CrunchGear's Matt Burns can't load the site, but what about you? Let us know in the comments below, while we wait to hear what Comcast's spokesperson has to… » 5/12/11 9:43am 5/12/11 9:43am

Comcast Xtreme 105: Supafast Internet That You Can Actually Get

There are faster internet speeds to be had than offered by Comcast Xfinity's 105Mbps; Verizon FiOS pushes 150Mbps, and Google's about to endow Kansas City with 1Gbs speeds. But neither of those services has the reach—an estimated 40 million households—that Xtreme 105 does. So get ready, several major metropolitan… » 4/14/11 9:58am 4/14/11 9:58am