The Promising (But Problematic) Future of Ultra-Fast Internet

While you weren't looking, the internet got super fast. I'm not talking Google Fiber fast. I'm talking Star Trek fast. Today, it's not just possible to download a movie in seconds. New technology makes it easy to download dozens of movies in fractions of a second. Fast is almost too slow a word to describe such speed. » 2/28/14 10:00am 2/28/14 10:00am

This Map Shows How the Internet Travels Across the World's Oceans

You may reach the internet via newfangled wireless connection most of the time, but all those ones and zeros cross the oceans the same way old-fashioned telephone connections did: by undersea cables. The map masters at TeleGeography have charted the course the internet takes to cross the seas in 2014, and the result is … » 2/01/14 7:00pm 2/01/14 7:00pm

The Next Generation of DSL Can Pump 1Gbps Through Copper Phone Lines

The last mile issue has plagued ISPs since the advent of the Internet. While projects like Google Fiber can deliver massive bandwidth to your door, they require the installation of an entirely new network infrastructure. Not so with the new G.fast standard. It delivers fiber optic speeds over existing telephone lines. » 12/18/13 11:40am 12/18/13 11:40am

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

Accused of Spying, Huawei CEO Says Company Is "Exiting the US Market"

It looks like China's Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, is sick and tired of the United States accusing it of cyberspying. In an interview with the French press, the company's founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said they're throwing in the towel stateside. » 12/03/13 12:17pm 12/03/13 12:17pm

AT&T Tells the FCC It Wants T-Mobile Because It Can't Handle All the…

AT&T submitted its public filing to the FCC, stating why they want to takeover T-Mobile. AT&T says their network, in its current form, is overwhelmed by the influx of smartphones and tablets. » 4/21/11 5:24pm 4/21/11 5:24pm

Department of Justice Scoping Out AT&T and Verizon's Anti-Competitive…

Think the ginormous bloodsuckers at AT&T, Verizon and other big telecoms are abusing their enormous power? So does someone at the Department of Justice. They've officially begun an initial review into their potential anti-competitive practices, though it's still super early in the process, so don't expect much out of… » 7/06/09 6:29pm 7/06/09 6:29pm

FBI Wiretaps Shut Down:The Feds Weren't Paying the Bills (and Other…

Here is a comforting thought for you. Apparently the FBI has routinely failed to pay telecom companies for providing phone and internet lines that they had been using for wiretaps and other super-secret surveillance. This has resulted in at least one company cutting a foreign intelligence wiretap until the bill is… » 1/10/08 6:57pm 1/10/08 6:57pm