Google caught a fair bit of flack for siding with the wireless carriers in the net neutrally debate, but in exchange they seem to be living up to their commitments to protecting the wired Internet as promised. The search giant confirmed today that they have awarded a $1 million contract to Georgia Tech researchers to help develop simple tools to aid in the detection of Internet throttling, government censorship, and other “transparency” problems.
Hit the jump to learn more about the project’s goals.
All the talk in the mobile phone world is currently focused on AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, but hey, let's not forget about the other guys. That includes Sprint, which just went official with announcing the Nexus S 4G smartphone from Google. Built by Samsung, the Nexus S 4G comes in stock Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) trim and boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. More specs after the jump.
Faster broadband speeds kind of remind us of being adrift in the ocean where there's plenty of water all around, only you can't drink it. What do we mean by that? Well, broadband providers continue to push out higher speed service tiers, and if you take a look around, there's tons of content to pluck from cyberspace, like streaming movies and music, game downloads, and so forth. Potentially marring the experience, however, are data caps, and starting soon, AT&T DSL customers will be limited to 150GB/month.
If you haven't tested your broadband speed in awhile, now's a good time to consider doing so. Ookla just unveiled a retooled version of the popular Speedtest.net portal, which now sports a new interface and few new gadgets. Among them is a zoomable map system, new features for real-time tracking results sharing, and "a broad range of enhancements that improve testing for higher speed" connections.
One of the big draws of the Android operating system is that most mobile Android devices are able to be rooted, adding all kinds of additional functionality. At the same time, you usually forfeit your warranty and support when you decide to root, which makes Motorola's latest announcement particularly surprising (in a good way). Motorola said that all Xoom tablets on the Verizon Wireless network are eligible for a 4G LTE upgrade, even if you've unlocked your tablet.
Do you spend you days and nights lusting after Verizon’s 50Mbps Fiber to the home service? Well if Internet access was like a game of poker, Hong Kong would see your Fios, and raise you another 950Mbps. Yes, you read that correctly. Citizens of Hong Kong can now subscribe to gigabit internet if they so choose. Of course speed comes at a price right? Wrong! 1Gbps fiber service from a scrappy new company called Hong Kong Broadband Network costs less than $26 per month on average. This leaves us not just jealous, but wondering, would this even be possible in North America?
Verizon Wireless needed a way to entice potential iPhone 4 customers to choose Verizon over AT&T, and offering an unlimited data plan was a heck of a carrot. It's also one that can't be sustained. Verizon CFO Francis Shammo confirmed as much when, speaking at a Morgan Stanley investor conference this week, he revealed plans to close the all-you-can-eat data buffet.
The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) posted the first public, searchable, and interactive nationwide map of broadband Internet availability on Thursday. It took about $200 million in funding to create the map, which serves up a database of over 25 million documents detailing the type, speed, provider, and location of broadband service across the U.S. You can see from the map that the further west you go, the more spotty the coverage.
"The National Broadband Map shows there are still too many people and community institutions lacking the level of broadband service needed to fully participate in the Internet economy," said Lawrence Strickling, head of the NTIA.
Up to 10 percent of U.S. homes, most of which are in rural areas, don't have access to basic broadband, the map reveals. At the same time, broadband adoption has increased to 68 percent of U.S. homes, up from 63.5 percent in 2009.
AT&T lost its exclusivity grip on the on the iPhone 4 when Verizon started carrying the Apple device earlier this month, but if it comes as any consolation, the wireless carrier won Ookla's head-to-head broadband tests, Wired reports. You may recognize Ookla as the team behind Speedtest.net, an online broadband metric. Ookla recently turned its attention to the iPhone 4 by compiling data from iPhone users who downloaded and ran the mobile version of Speedtest. Full results after the jump.
Verizon, which is sitting on top of the world today, didn't take kindly to Time Warner's advertising campaign pitching an "advanced fiber optic network." The National Advertising Review Board wasn't buying it either and has ordered Time Warner to stop referring to its network as "fiber optic," leaving Verizon as the sole major fiber provider to the home, Arstechnica reports. But if Time Warner's network isn't fiber optic, what is it?