Net Neutrality Repealed – Now What?

As expected, the FCC repealed the Net Neutrality principles voted in by the Tom Wheeler-led commission in 2015. Also as expected, the vote was on party lines, with the three Republican commissioners voting to repeal, while the two Democrat commissioners dissented. Since this outcome surprised no one, a singular question remains: what’s next? This remains […]

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Optimum’s Policies on Data Caps and Bandwidth Throttling

Optimum Online, an Altice network, is also known as Cablevision and offers mass market broadband services. Altice services 4.9 million residential and business customers throughout 21 states, but the company’s presence is mostly in the New York tri-state area along with some Midwestern and Southern states. With growing concerns about bandwidth throttling and data usage in […]

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Verizon 5G planning a Residential Rollout

It appears 5G wireless technology is poised to move from the laboratory to the real world as Verizon Wireless announced plans to reach 30 million residences with their new service. Note that “5G” – just like 4G, 3G, etc. – remains a marketing term rather than a hard technical standard. Nonetheless, fixed wireless Internet service […]

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Xfinity Data Cap: What is Comcast Internet’s Data Cap?

With Net Neutrality hitting the front pages again, it’s a great time to go over the nuances of your Internet policy. Trust us – there are nuances. Let’s take the Comcast (XFINITY) policy, for example. Comcast offers three major plans – its Terabyte Internet Usage Plan, the Unlimited Data plan, and a Flexible Data Option. According […]

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Spectrum Data Cap & Bandwidth Throttling Policy

No matter your ISP, you must understand their policy when it comes to bandwidth throttling. Who wants to watch a 4K movie and suffer a poor picture due to the lowering of your Internet speed? This policy also hampers online gaming, controlling your smart home over the IoT, as well as streaming HD video. Spectrum […]

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The Xbox One X – Microsoft enters the 4K Videogaming World

With the PlayStation 4 Pro already taking a share of the 4K videogame market, Microsoft joins the fray with its own top of the line console. The Xbox One X aims at high-end gamers looking for the most immersive experience possible. Of course, an ISP with a copious amount of Internet speed and bandwidth is […]

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AT&T Fiber expands its National Footprint

With Google bringing its own gigabit Internet service to Louisville, it stands to reason AT&T Fiber would follow a similar path. In fact, Google Fiber’s appearance in the Derby City likely influenced AT&T decision to boost its own Fiber investment in Kentucky’s largest metro area. Healthy competition makes everyone’s Internet speed a little faster. The […]

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Google Fiber now signing up Customers in Louisville

After a long period of planning and other roadblocks, such as fighting off a lawsuit from AT&T and Time Warner Cable, Google Fiber is finally live in Louisville. The company began signing up customers earlier this month. Considering it’s less than two years since we mentioned Louisville as a potential city on Google’s radar for […]

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Rural America Needs Faster Internet Speeds

With Google Fiber, AT&T GigaPower, and other gigabit services increasing their network footprint across the country, they tend to concentrate in urban areas where the majority of potential customers live. At the same time, the nation’s hinterlands struggle to get even basic Internet service based on the original definition of broadband, not the FCC’s new […]

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Internet Nutrition Labels for Broadband Shoppers

The myriad of information to sift through by customers shopping for Internet service can seem daunting at times. Download speeds, upload speeds, and those dreaded data caps all combine to confuse some consumers, especially when also considering bundles, two-year contracts, and early termination fees. Could the equivalent of a food nutrition label for the Internet […]

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