Hackers Can Read Your Texts Thanks to Huge Security Flaw

The global telecom network Signal System 7 helps phone carriers across the world, including AT&T and Verizon, route calls and texts. It's also apparently perforated with security holes that lets hackers and spies listen to your calls and read your texts. It's so bad the ACLU's chief technologist told me that people… » 12/18/14 3:55pm 12/18/14 3:55pm

How Much Money Big Cable Gave the Politicians Who Oversee the Internet

Minutes after President Obama unveiled his plan for net neutrality yesterday, Republicans leaders like Ted Cruz came out swinging. You can chalk up the backlash to more than just partisan spite; Cruz has taken his share of campaign money from telecom giants. And he's far from the exception. » 11/11/14 1:55pm 11/11/14 1:55pm

Comcast Wants To Turn Home Routers Into Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

In the coming weeks, Comcast is rolling out a new feature that turns residential customers' new Xfinity Wi-Fi routers into public hotspots. The rollout starts in Houston on Tuesday, and the company says it'll be in millions of homes across the country by the end of the year. That's a big hotspot! » 6/10/14 2:40pm 6/10/14 2:40pm

FCC Incest: Meet the Cable Cronies Who Control Net Neutrality's Future

The fate of net neutrality has never looked bleaker, with the FCC's proposed rules basically dismantling the free and open internet that we know today. You can thank the agency's notorious revolving door for that; for years, FCC officials and the people they're supposed to be regulating have been playing a horrible… » 5/22/14 2:02pm 5/22/14 2:02pm

The FCC Won't Delay Its Net Neutrality Vote After All

Despite a plea from one of its commissioners and much of the public to delay the decision, the FCC will forge ahead with its widely criticized plan for net neutrality—though the plan hardly seems neutral. Chairman Tom Wheeler explained the logic in a letter to over 150 tech companies, begging them to trust the agency… » 5/09/14 6:20pm 5/09/14 6:20pm

FCC: We'll Treat Internet Like Telephones if That's What It Takes

FCC chairman and former big telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler just said in a blog post that he's won't hesitate to use Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 if he has to. This is the authority the FCC uses to regulate telephone companies. It's also a move that's sure to please net neutrality advocates. » 4/29/14 6:06pm 4/29/14 6:06pm

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… » 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

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