Ah, NetZero, now there's a name we haven't heard in awhile. If you've been riding the Internet wave long enough, you'll recall NetZero used to offer free dial-up service in the late 1990s to anyone willing to put up with a persistent banner ad. It didn't work out so well and NetZero eventually switched to a paid model like everyone else, but kept its name. Well, NetZero is at it again, this time teaming up with ClearWire to offer free 4G mobile broadband. Sort of.
Google's plans to bring a face-meltingly fast 1Gbps Internet connection to Kansas Cities (in both Missouri and Kansas) took a big step towards becoming reality today. After haggling with city officials about wire placement on utility poles, a deal was finally struck, and the company is ready to get down to brass tacks and start actually laying fiber.
Come Sunday, January 22, 2012, existing AT&T subscribers will have an important decision to make, and it has nothing to do with which football teams to root for (Go Patriots and 49ers). AT&T is rolling out new tiered smartphone and tablet data plans the wireless carrier claims will "give customers more data and value," which sounds a lot nicer than announcing price increases.
From New York City all the way to San Francisco and Los Angeles on the other side of the U.S. map, AT&T is expanding its 4G LTE network, adding high-speed access to nearly a dozen new markets, the wireless carrier announced on Friday. The latest expansion effort will bring AT&T's 4G LTE coverage to 26 markets serving 74 million customers.
Everyone in the Lone Star State will tell you 'You Don't Mess with Texas,' but if you want to roll out 4G LTE service, they'll roll out the welcome mat. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced today at the annual Citigroup Entertainment, Media, and Telecommunications Conference that residents living in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, along with Atlanta, Georgia, will be the first major markets to receive 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the first half of 2012.
Someone check Trendnet's engineers for whiplash because the speed geeks in lab coats just unveiled a pair of super fast networking products, including a 1300Mbps dual band wireless router built around the new 802.11ac standard (TEW-811DR), and a 500Mbps Compact Powerline AV Adapter (TPL-406E and TPL-406E2K). Both products are going on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It's a little ironic for a company which likes to ask "Can you hear me now?" to remain silent at a time when its customers demand some answers. After three 4G LTE data outages in a single month, it's imperative for VZW to step up and say something that will restore customer confidence in its infrastructure, to say something that will convince potential new subscribers the recent issues are an anomaly, and just to say something, period.
Verizon Wireless appears to be suffering from more problems on its data network all across the U.S. as customers from coast to coast complain of both 3G and 4G outages. This is the second time in less than a month that Verizon Wireless has had trouble with its data network, with no specific reason given for the last time wireless customers had to contend with spotty connectivity.
Good news if you’re from the Bay area: blazing fast broadband might just lie in your future. Yesterday, Sonic.net – the modestly sized, ISP that was chosen by Google to build a fiber network for Stanford University – announced plans to bring a fiber-optic network capable of 1 Gbps speeds to the city. Sonic already offers it in another city for just $70 a month (including unlimited domestic VOIP), and hey! The company doesn’t impose data caps either. Don’t get too excited yet, though – the company still has some big hoops to jump through to make it happen.
Verizon Wireless blamed a nationwide 4G LTE service outage on a "technical issue," which it has now resolved, and not a moment too soon. Some Verizon 4G LTE device owners have been without access to the high-speed network since Tuesday, dropping down to 3G and in some cases being demoted all the way down to 2G. That's hardly the way Verizon had hoped to celebrate its one-year anniversary of its 4G LTE network.