Honoring 20 years of the World Wide Web by looking forward at the future of broadband Internet
Broadband has evolved considerably over the last decade or so in the United States. Whereas just a few years ago, large parts of the country were relegated to pokey 56K dial-up connections over standard phone lines, now multi-megabit broadband connections are commonplace and speed increases are being introduced regularly. In fact, in some test markets, broadband at gigabit speeds is on the way. And yes, that’s gigabits with a “G,” as in roughly 17,800x more bandwidth than 56K dial-up.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
The 13th most populated city in the United States is rumored to be getting the fastest Internet in North America.
Google has invited press and business leaders to a joint event in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, and all the rumors are pointing to a joint Google Fiber announcement. The service which made its debut in Kansas City to wide critical acclaim appears to be finally on the move once again, promising free Internet to casual users, and gigabit speeds for everyone else. The ability to download more in a data in a minute than the average user pulls down in a month is an awesome privilege, and it gives us hope that Google has aspirations of North American broadband domination beyond the borders of Missouri.
Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, meet your new spokesperson, Time Warner Cable.
Google's trying to pave the high-speed cyber highway with its Google Fiber Internet service, which is currently only available to the lucky residents of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Time Warner Cable could follow suit if it wanted to -- after all, it's already serving incredibly high-speed Internet service to businesses -- but the reason it isn't pursuing 1Gbps Internet service to consumers at this time is because, well, they don't want it.
The Tegra 4i processor, previously codenamed Project Grey, features 60 custom Nvidia GPU cores.
Nvidia's firing on all cylinders today. The GPU maker made waves early this morning by formally introducing the world to its GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, which is supposed to offer comparable performance to the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 part for the same price, and now Nvidia is announcing its first fully integrated 4G LTE mobile processor, the Tegra 4i (codenamed Project Grey).
1Gb Internet service could be coming to a city near you.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski issued a nationwide "Gigabit City Challenge" to broadband providers and state and municipal community leaders to roll out 1Gb Internet service in all 50 states by 2015. Genachowki's hope is that establishing at least one gigabit community in each state will spur innovators to create new businesses and industries.
Verizon FiOS customers don’t have much to complain about in the speed department, unfortunately however, not everyone is so fortunate. According to a recent study conducted by video hosting company Wistia, almost one in five US Internet users are unable to reliably stream HD video over their connections. Even more depressing is the bar Wistia used to make the HD capable determination. Compression technologies allow for a 720p signal to squeeze down a 2 Mbps connection, and that’s something 18% of U.S. Internet users simply can’t do.
Our readers who live north of the border will be the first to get their hands on Research In Motion's (RIM's) upcoming 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet when it launches in Canada on August 9, 2012, RIM announced today. Customers living in the U.S., Europe, South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean will have access to the updated device "in the coming months," though no specific time frame was given.
What, a 100Mbps cable broadband connection isn't fast enough for you? Then you've only got one choice, my friend: switch to Verizon FiOS and bask in the 300Mbps fiber-tastic service the company unveiled a few months back. What, even 300Mbps isn't fast enough for you? Then maybe Comcast's apparent plans to launch a competing 305Mbps offering might wet your whistle, instead. (And if not, what the heck are you using all that speed for?)
As the dog days of summer approaches, Sprint is getting ready to officially launch doggone fast 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in five U.S. cities on July 15. Those cities include Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio. Sprint says its initial rollout will cover millions of people, and by the end of 2013, the wireless carrier aims to have 250 million people covered with a nationwide 4G LTE network in place.
Comcast, the nation's largest cable TV operator, has settled a complaint brought forth by federal regulators for failing to comply with certain conditions of its NBCUniversal acquisition. As part of the settlement, Comcast will fork over an $800,000 voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury and offer broadband Internet access as standalone service "at reasonable prices and with sufficient bandwidth" without requiring a subscription to cable video service.