We usually think of the relationship between torrent sites and ISPS as an adversarial one. In fact, Comcast was caught filtering torrent traffic a few years back. But when the Pirate Bay began having connectivity issues today, Comcast reached out to help them.
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.
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?
By the time you read this, it is possible that New Zealand will have passed a highly controversial anti-piracy bill. The legislation is a so-called 3-strikes law that would require ISPs to disconnect those accused of repeated copyright infringement. The bill came up unexpectedly, catching many law makers off guard.
Twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee was instrumental in the invention of the Internet. In a recent speech at MIT, Berners-Lee has called access to the web that he created a "human right". The tech pioneer even went so far as to compare web access to access to water. His bottom line, to thrive in a competitive world, web access it a must.
A Canadian gamer suspected her ISP of throttling traffic for games like World of Warcraft, so she put her complaint on paper and sent it to the government's telecom regulator. Her action paid off, with the government ordering her ISP, Rogers, to look into the matter and report back. Rogers did look into it, and admitted that it's throttling WoW in some instances, but claims it's not on purpose.
Canadian ISPs are notorious for subjecting their users to atrociously low data caps. Needless to say, some of the more restrictive data plans are unfavorable to bandwidth-intensive activities like watching streaming movies. Mindful of this fact, Netflix has now launched a new video quality management option for its Canadian users, letting them select the video quality that best suits their data budget. Hit the jump to know more about the different video quality settings now available to Canadian Netflix users.
WiMAX network operator Clearwire is facing the legal ire of customers upset over what they deem deceptive practices. At issue is the company's throttling practices that leave users without the bandwidth they paid for. Many are also assessed an early termination fee when they try to leave. The customers have a compelling case, and Clearwire's response has thus far been lacking.
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?