We’ve taken it as a sad fact that the US tends to lag behind the rest of the world in terms of broadband speeds. There’s no choice but to accept it, but it still sucks, especially when headlines keep popping up telling us how great they have it in London. A while back, we told you that Virgin Media was rolling out 1.5Gbps services, but only to small number of high-tech business. Now, a new ISP named Hyperoptic is promising to bring 1Gbps connections to the residential masses. There’s a catch, though.
Acer and AT&T are wearing their 'Best Friends' t-shirts as the two jointly debut the new Acer Iconia Tab A501 tablet with AT&T 4G HSPA+ connectivity in the U.S. Armed with a 4G radio, this latest addition to the Iconia Tab family offers up to 4x faster data transmissions, the two companies claim.
After several delays and months of anticipation, Verizon has finally gone official with the Motorola Droid Bionic. This is the first smartphone to bring both a dual-core 1GHz processor and 4G LTE support to Verizon's network, which are flanked by several other juicy specs that position the Bionic as Verizon's flagship Android handset.
When Comcast scooped up NBC Universal earlier this year, regulatory officials made the Internet service provider promise to boost its broadband coverage to include 2.5 million low income households at a price of less than $10 per month (among many other conditions - PDF). Comcast is making good on that promise by rolling out its Internet Essentials program, which offers high-speed Internet to qualifying families for $9.95.
Here's a fun little test you can perform at home that won't take much time. Head over to SpeedTest.net and click 'Begin Test' to measure your broadband speed. Now compare the results with what you're paying for. Is your ISP delivering the goods? If not, count yourself among the unlucky few, at least according to data from a government study released this week.
Verizon today announced the upcoming availability of the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr netbook. What makes this netbook special is that it will be the first to use Verizon's 4G LTE network so customers can stream videos, video chat, and download music, movies, and photos on the go without having to hunt down a Wi-Fi hotspot. Verizon says customers will also have access to HP's CloudDrive, a digital filing cabinet for uploading or downloading files.
If you're looking for relaxation, nothing beats living in the country. Even Steve Ballmer would chill out and unwind after spending a lazy day in the shade of a tree with nary a neighbor to be seen. Of course, rural living has a couple of downsides, too, not the least of which is poor broadband penetration. The IEEE wants to tackle that problem. Today, the group announced the publication of the 802.22 WiFi standard, which usurps the "white space" in analog TV frequencies to deliver high speeds over long ranges.
Remember everybody's favorite pair of deliberately acting turtles, the Slowskis? Comcast used the commercials to poke fun at the slower speeds of Verizon's DSL service back when the cable company was trying to break into the broadband provider scene. Well, the tables have turned; even Comcast's 20Mbps speeds end up looking more tortoise than hare when compared to Virgin Media's blazing new 1.5Gbps down/150Mbps up connection.
Pepsi vs. Coke. McDonalds vs. Burger King. HBO vs. Showtime. Every Superman has his equally capable (if somewhat lumpy faced) Bizarro Superman, and in the consumer Internet world, it's the tale of DSL/Fiber Optic vs. Cable. After Comcast fired the opening volley with those lovable TV turtles, the Slowskys, the aggrieved DSL crowd fired back with blazing fast fiber optic networks. Cable's response? Fiber optic, shmiber optic. Today, cable equipment provider ARRIS is unveiling new technology designed to blow the current fiber optic networks out of the water by delivering 4.5Gbps download speeds.
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.