A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea And Russia

Russia's connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 28.5-mile-long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine. » 8/01/14 12:14pm 8/01/14 12:14pm

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

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

Why Net Neutrality Demands Total Transparency

The net neutrality fight is moving in new directions, and quickly. Today FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC would press forward with new "Open Internet" rules, undeterred by last month's court decision striking down most of the old ones. Last week, Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge. The… » 2/20/14 4:20am 2/20/14 4:20am

Why the FCC Can't Actually Save Net Neutrality

Network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the Internet can easily become the power to control the Internet in less beneficent ways. Some… » 1/27/14 12:00pm 1/27/14 12:00pm

Facebook and Google Are Buying Up the Cables That Carry the Internet

It can get a little bit annoying when people ramble on about how Facebook and Google are taking over the world. They're just websites! But when those websites start to buy up other things, say, the very cables that connect the people of the world—well that's actually pretty alarming. » 12/17/13 12:07pm 12/17/13 12:07pm

That Six-Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Could Be Rolling Out Tomorrow

A tougher stance on piracy from all your friendly neighborhood ISPs has been a long time coming. Wisps and shadows of a policy involving throttled Internet speed and blocked pages have been around for over a year, and have gradually solidified into a six-strikes plan aimed to make a pirate's life a hassle. And … » 2/24/13 11:00am 2/24/13 11:00am

Here's How Verizon's About To Start Dealing With Pirates

Rumors have been swirling about a "six strikes and your kinda-sorta out, or at least slowed down some" plan coming from your favorite ISPs for a while now. There's been documentation to back it up. Now, TorrentFreak has gotten its hands on the first offense-by-offense breakdown hosted on Verizon's servers, and… » 1/11/13 11:48am 1/11/13 11:48am

Are People "Cutting the Cord" Just People Who Can't Afford Cable?

193,000 people quit their paid television plans last quarter. Sounds like a lot, and it is! But as any horse-breeder will tell you (I would guess?): it's about quality, not quantity. And the people leaving cable behind, GigaOm reports, aren't the ones the cable companies care about. While high-value consumers—the… » 8/10/11 11:02am 8/10/11 11:02am

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