Us jaded Maximum PC cynics are used to paying too much for underperforming broadband service. Turns out, several city governments in North Carolina aren't quite as dead inside as we are, and they began offering low-cost Internet access to their citizens to try and fill the ISP's gaping performance gap.
When house bill 129--which would have put a leash on the cities that offered Internet access--landed on Governor Beverly Purdue's desk, she refused to endorse it. But don't celebrate yet. Citing a possible "unfair advantage over the private sector," she also refused to veto the bill.
Don't accuse Hewlett Packard of having a case of the Mondays. The OEM woke up this morning and hit the ground running by announcing a handful of new products and services, including an ultra-thin notebook, a light and powerful laptop, a convertible tablet, a redesigned netbook, and even a pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service. More details after the jump.
We noted earlier this week that AT&T became the latest ISP to roll out data caps for high-speed Internet service. Like it or not, this is the trend that's taking place in the broadband spectrum, even as bandwidth heavy services like high-definition streaming, BitTorrent downloads, and cloud-based synching become the norm. If you're to believe the ISPs, you have no one to blame but yourself for these caps, and you even asked for them. Is it true?
Comcast Corp., the largest cable television operator in the U.S., posted strong quarterly earnings on Tuesday, noting a nearly 10 percent jump in first quarter earnings as it added more broadband subscribers to the fold. First quarter earnings came out to $943 million on revenue of $12.13 billion, which includes three months of NBC Universal results.
You can never really have enough USB ports, and this is especially true if you own a laptop, most of which are decked out with just three or four of them. By the time you plug in an external mouse, keyboard, and laptop cooler, you're either out of USB ports or down to one. Be that as it may, USB modems continue to outsell embedded modules by a wide margin, a research company says.
Fair warning for anyone who consumes a ton of bandwidth, ISPs are watching, and if you're an AT&T broadband subscriber, starting today the mandatory dress code calls for a data cap to be worn. DSLs users must squeeze into a 150GB cap every month, and if that's not enough, be ready to fork over $10 for every 50GB over that limit. U-verse users get a little more wiggle room to play with and are capped at 250GB per month. Should you be worried, or does this only affect out-of-control BitTorrent users clogging up the pipelines?
In terms of the total number of residential and commercial broadband subscribers, Time Warner Cable ranks as the third largest ISP in the United States, And in terms of high-speed subscribers, Time Warner said it just recently hopped over the 10 million subscribers mark. That might sound like reason to celebrate if you have a vested interest in Time Warner, but is everything as rosy as it seems?
Verizon on Monday said that it is getting rid of early termination fees for its DSL service as part of an attempt to simplify its plans for broadband service with easy-to-understand bundles. High-speed DSL customers can now build upon two double-play pricing tiers, the first being an entry-level service that supports 500Kbps to 1Mbps speeds for basic tasks like sending emails and photos. The second tier kicks things up to 1.1Mbps to 15Mbps for more advanced tasks like online gaming and downloading movies.
If you're a Comcast subscriber, go ahead and bust out your old Sammy Hagar cassette and start belting out "I Can't Drive 55." All you need is enough green, and you won't have to drive through cyberspace at a piddly 55Mbps. Comcast has been busy laying cable and now offers its newest and highest-tier Internet speed, "Extreme 105," to more than 40 million homes from coast to coast. What can you do with 105Mbps Internet?
What's that you say, you want faster Internet speeds? No problem, assuming you live in the right area. If you do, good things are coming your way. That's because Verizon plans to upgrade certain sections of its U.S. Internet backbone to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet by the end of the second quarter.