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  • Huge breakthrough in blazing fast internet speeds

    05/26/2016 4:27:33 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 91 replies
    That's the promise of G.Fast. It's a new technology that can deliver blazing fast internet over the wires (phone lines) you already have in your home. For many, it will be the first time they'll have more than one choice for broadband.
  • New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack Of Competition

    03/26/2015 11:45:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Morran
    Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didn’t lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth can’t stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking he’d be connected to their networks and in spite of the fact that his county runs a high-speed fiberoptic network that goes very near to his property. Like an increasing number of Americans, Seth works from home, meaning that it’s vital...
  • Looking for best option to drop cable.

    03/16/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 86 replies
    myself | 3-16-15 | TZ
    (I could live without it, but The Chief of Procuremenet will not.) Is Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime the best option for someone who has a few favorite shows? Will show be ONE WEEK behind on episodes or ONE SEASON? (assuming these shows on cable are not available right away) Dish is not an option (she won't allow it on the roof) Will likely be getting DSL from a phone company.
  • Lowly DSL poised for gigabit speed boost

    10/22/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    CNet ^ | 21 October 2014 | Stephen Shankland
    DSL was one of the first widely adopted technologies for bringing high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses, but it hasn't been the fastest.That's all changing. At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, several companies are announcing and demonstrating products that bring DSL -- or digital subscriber line -- into a future with a speed of 1 gigabit per second. That's about 1,000 times the data-transfer speed the technology offered when it arrived in the late 1990s.The DSL upgrade comes through a new technology called Among those making network equipment chips to enable the technology are industry...
  • Home Phone Connect Query

    07/04/2014 12:20:10 PM PDT · by bboop · 34 replies
    Self | July 4, 2014 | self
    Does anybody have Verizon Home Phone Connect, and if you do, how do you like it? and do you find it useful? We are concerned that if we get it, our Verizon DSL might be impacted. It would be great to cut our home landline contract, but we're worried about losing the DSL. Thanks. Loving my FReeper FRiends. Happy Fourth of July.
  • The Net Neutrality Lobby Is Like a Frog

    01/18/2014 11:22:05 PM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 1/17/2014 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    What the net-neut obsessives refuse to recognize is that anticompetitive intent isn't worth worrying about if an anticompetitive result isn't possible. If AT&T were "double-dipping," or charging sender and recipient for the same data, as some allege, its rivals would quickly copy its innovation and compete away any excess revenues. If AT&T were to degrade websites that don't pay up, its rivals would pounce and steal AT&T's dissatisfied customers.
  • Economic bummer: 6.9 million homes ditch cable TV

    06/19/2012 4:55:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 64 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 6/19/2012 | Paul Bedard
    It started with homes, then cars, and now penny-pinching Americans, especially minorities, are giving up cable TV because they just can't afford it in the lingering recession. Instead, they are switching back to free TV, improved with the recent switch to digital broadcast which requires a special antenna but eliminates the $70-$100 monthly cable, satellite or broadband service fee. Industry officials had worried that Americans would begin "cord-cutting" in a shift to internet TV, but the recession is more to blame, not internet bling. "It's not so much cord-cutting as cost-cutting that's motivating this. There's possibly recessionary issues here," said...
  • Looking for wireless DSL modem recommendations (VANITY)

    11/21/2011 10:34:04 AM PST · by Kirkwood · 37 replies
    Self | 11/21/11 | kirkwood
    My 6 year old DSL modem is apparently dying. Turning the power on and off to the modem immediately brings it back for a while, but it is unreliable. I added on a router for a workstation and a hardwired network printing and an access point for wireless, but I would like to replace all of these pieces with a single unit. Requirements are compatibility with AT&T DSL, a hardwired network printer and workstation, and N and G wireless. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks.
  • I have never been so happy to eat crow in my life!

    08/31/2011 9:12:58 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 9 replies
    Self | 8/30/'11 | Zionist Conspirator
    I know I made a big deal of not having DSL here at the new house last week, but that's because that's what the phone company told me. Well, I am happy beyond description to report that I (and they) were wrong. I'm back with my old account, with only my location changed. Okay. You can all yell at and make fun of me now. I deserve it. But boy, am I glad to be here to see it!
  • AT&T's New TOS: Caps, Fewer Legal Rights, Forced U-Verse Upgrade

    03/31/2011 11:11:21 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 41 replies
    DSL Reports ^ | 30 March 2011 | Karl Bode
    Several users have written in to note that AT&T is sending out notifications that their terms of service have changed. The update includes a large number of things AT&T users need to be made aware of, including new language addressing AT&T's new cap and overage plans, mandatory binding arbitration, mandatory migrations from legacy DSL to AT&T U-Verse service, and even language giving AT&T the right to terminate your service should you get angry about any of these changes and take it out on an AT&T representative. The new TOS can be found here and acceptable use policy here, both designed...
  • Obama's Assault on the Internet

    12/09/2008 7:49:30 PM PST · by Sharrukin · 47 replies · 2,020+ views
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 9, 2008 | Sharrukin
    License Plates for the Internet - The Blueprints for Obama's Assault on the Internet The report's recommendations emphasize taking away cybersecurity from DHS in order to create a special department to oversee cybersecurity. It recommends ending the division between civilian and national security systems. And calls for establishing "international norms" when it comes to the internet. And it focuses a good deal on identity verification, not just for Federal employees, but for ordinary Americans as well. The report urges a move away from passwords, and toward physical identity verification, via a device that would verify an individual's identity. And calls...
  • Hughesnet Sattelite internet vs. Verizon DSL

    05/08/2008 5:28:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 40 replies · 1,730+ views
    Self | 8 May AD 2008 | Lightman
    I live in an area which is not served by cable TV companies. That has limited the Internet access choices to either dial-up or sattelite. I currently have both, using dial-up on my MacOS9 and Hughesnet on the PCs. I have learned that DSL has suddenly been extended to my area by Verizon. Hughesnet is costing roughly $90.00/month for less than satisfactory service because of their "Fair Access Policy" and because towering thunderheads frequently block the sattelite signal. I could get Verizon DSL for about $30.00/month--and if the in-house networking goes right, I might even be able to ditch the...
  • 2010: D-day for the Internet as it hits "full capacity"?

    04/25/2008 9:14:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 35 replies · 221+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4-23-08 | Christopher Null
    Doom-filled warnings arrive from AT&T this week. The company says that without substantial investment in network infrastructure, the Internet will essentially run out of bandwidth in just two short years. Blame broadband, says AT&T. Decades of dealing with the trickle of bandwidth consumed by voice and dialup modems left AT&T twiddling its thumbs. The massive rise of DSL and cable modem service in the 2000s has had AT&T facing a monstrous increase in the volume of data transmissions. And that's set to increase another 50 times between now and 2015. That's enough, says AT&T, to all but crash the system....
  • Qwest introduces 20 megabit DSL in some areas

    04/25/2008 6:46:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies · 398+ views
    Excite News ^ | 24 April 2008 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q) (Q) on Thursday introduced DSL plans with faster download speeds, including one that is the fastest DSL service from a major U.S. phone company. Qwest is charging $104.99 per month for a download speed of 20 megabits per second. For 12 mbps, it is charging $51.99 per month. The prices are $5 lower when combined with local phone service. The plans will be available in 23 of Qwest's top markets, the company said. By the end of the year, they will be available to 2 million customers. Download speeds on DSL,...
  • AT&T Raising DSL Prices By $5 A Month

    02/04/2008 1:56:54 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 213+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires (excerpt) ^ | February 4, 2008 | Roger Cheng
    Excerpt - NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- AT&T Inc. (T) raised the price of its high-speed Internet service by $5 a month. The San Antonio telecommunications giant will raise rates for its bottom three tiers of DSL service in the 13 states which made up SBC Communications. The price for the lowest priced service - 768 kilobits per second - is now $20. The 1.5-megabit-per-second service is now $25, and the 3-mbps service is $30. The move comes after Chairman and Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said last month the softening economy was affecting its DSL service in certain markets. ~ snip...
  • DSL Outage Hits Some AT&T Customers

    12/03/2007 10:11:07 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 106+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | December 4, 2007
  • AT&T threatens to disconnect subscribers who criticize the company

    10/01/2007 7:26:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies · 206+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | September 30, 2007 | Ken Fisher
    AT&T has rolled out new Terms of Service for its DSL service that leave plenty of room for interpretation. From our reading of it, in concert with several others, what we see is a ToS that attempts to give AT&T the right to disconnect its own customers who criticize the company on blogs or in other online settings. In section 5 of its legal ToS, AT&T stipulates the following: " AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you,...
  • (Heads Up!)AT&T Quietly Introduces $10 DSL Plan(22 States)

    06/29/2007 6:45:49 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 1,841+ views ^ | 06/18/2007 | Peter Svensson
    NEW YORK -- Without any sort of fanfare, AT&T Inc. has started offering a broadband Internet service for $10 a month, half the price of its cheapest advertised plan. The DSL, or digital subscriber line, plan introduced Saturday is part of the concessions made by AT&T to the Federal Communications Commission to get its $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corp. approved last December. The $10 offer is available to customers in the 22-state AT&T service region, which includes former BellSouth areas, who have never had AT&T or BellSouth broadband, spokesman Michael Coe confirmed Monday. Local phone service and a one-year...
  • AT&T quietly offers $10 DSL plan

    06/18/2007 12:42:00 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 564+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | June 18, 2007 | Peter Svensson
    Excerpt - NEW YORK - Without any sort of fanfare, AT&T Inc. has started offering a broadband Internet service for $10 a month, half the price of its cheapest advertised plan. The DSL, or digital subscriber line, plan introduced Saturday is part of the concessions made by AT&T to the Federal Communications Commission to get its $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corp. approved last December. The $10 offer is available to customers in the 22-state AT&T service region, which includes former BellSouth areas, who have never had AT&T or BellSouth broadband, spokesman Michael Coe confirmed Monday. Local phone service and...
  • Best Buy profit pinched by discounting ( HGTV, DSL, Flat screen tv's ) ( Merry Christmas )

    01/05/2007 7:28:09 AM PST · by george76 · 99 replies · 2,145+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 01/05/2007 | Jennifer Waters & Angela Moore
    Best Buy Co. turned in disappointing third-quarter results on Tuesday as the battle to sell flat-panel TVs, MP3s and other hot electronic gadgets has slashed prices and cut into profit. the nation's largest home-electronics retailer said the "very competitive climate" -- plasma and LCD TV prices dropped 25% to 30% -- held its profit to $150 million, or 31 cents a share, up nearly 8% from last year's income of $138 million, or 28 cents a share, but short of Wall Street's expectations. That sent shares lower by 5% to $51.30. The total results were mixed compared with Wall Street's...
  • A Question About Cable & DSL Modems

    12/25/2006 6:16:36 AM PST · by TheRobb7 · 25 replies · 1,376+ views
    Self ^ | 12-25-06 | TheRobb7
    Here's my question for all the tech wizards in FreeperNation: Several of the broadband providers I have spoken with over the phone have told me that they will install broadband for $500 down and about $60 a month. WHAT'S THE $500 FOR? Does that pay for the modem or something? What if I already had the proper modem, that met their specifications...would they waive that fee, or what? I smell something funny, and it ain't carp...or flounder. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Dial-up bites.
  • Vanity: Is anyone else having trouble with SBC tonight?

    11/08/2006 1:03:03 AM PST · by Redcloak · 5 replies · 187+ views
    My 'puter | 11/8/06 | That would be me
    Hellooo... Is this thing on? Well, I guess it is, but not from inside the Redcloak Compound. Is anyone else having trouble connecting to websites using SBC (Now AT&T) as their ISP? I've been having trouble with their DNS server. I try to connect to sites, such as FreeRepublic, but never get past the lookup stage. So how am I posting, you ask? I'm not using SBC to do this; I'm using a VPN connection to my office box. It's connected via another ISP. This shows me two things: It's not the Internet connection per se that's giving me fits...
  • A special message from the Department of Troll Control, come and get it!

    01/12/2006 8:39:35 AM PST · by dhls · 6,335 replies · 37,707+ views
    Department of Troll Control | Another Ignorant Troll
    Fellow Americans, there comes a time every mans life when we must give up ourselves before we are worthy to recieve. There comes a time in this war on terror when in order to protect liberty, we have to give it up in the mean time for safty. That's right folks. Today, Americans have forsaken the creator for the creation and have decided that they would value our "civil liberties" than protecting western civilization and rich white people from the tender mercies of radical Islamic terrorists. Selfish liberals insist and whine that Bush has no right to spy on Americans...
  • AT&T To Cut DSL Prices To New Low

    02/02/2006 8:59:55 PM PST · by CAWats · 103 replies · 2,583+ views
    AT&T (T) is slashing its monthly fee for high-speed Internet access to an all-time low: $12.99. The telecom company had been charging $14.95 a month for its lowest-priced digital subscriber line plan. The new deal, which goes into effect Friday, is aimed at customers who sign up online. It requires a one-year contract.

    12/27/2005 10:42:05 AM PST · by proud republican woman · 569 replies · 16,623+ views
    Freeper | December 27, 2005 | Proud Republican Woman, zotted by Archpriestess Helga, Church of the Viking Kittens
    After reading all of the crap that people have been saying regarding Adult Private Social Clubs, I felt that I had to post an article and give my opinion. I am sick and tired of all the religous groups that are saying that there are drugs, prostitution, minors, non-consenting people, and just immoral people at these clubs! First of all, who do these people think they are to decide what is morally right or wrong for me? I believe that I have a good set of morals. I am a law abiding, tax paying citizen, I work full time and...
  • FCC Chair Martin Deregulates DSL

    08/07/2005 12:52:39 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 57 replies · 1,605+ views
    Forbes Online ^ | August 5, 2005 | David Ewalt
    NEW YORK - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced on Friday that phone companies no longer have to share their Internet lines with rivals. The decision is a big win for phone companies such as SBC (nyse: SBC - news - people ) and Verizon Communications (nyse: VZ - news - people ), which no longer have to provide deep discounts to competitors, but a major setback for independent ISPs like EarthLink (nasdaq: ELNK - news - people ). In the past, phone companies were required by law to provide competitors with access to their lines. That meant independent Internet...
  • Public Broadband Hits Speed Bumps

    07/15/2005 6:47:12 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 24 replies · 674+ views
    Yahoo News/PCWorld ^ | 7/15/2005 | Tom Spring,
    Imagine if your town decided to provide low-cost, high-speed Internet access much as it does other public services. Now picture your regional cable and DSL providers suing to stop your town from doing so. That's what happened to North Kansas City, Missouri, when it announced plans to build a fiber-optic network that would compete with local DSL provider SBC. Before North Kansas City could break ground on the project, cable giant Time Warner Cable asked a Missouri federal court to block the city's efforts. That came as bad news to local business owners like attorney Brian Hall, who was disappointed...
  • Verizon DSL BLOCKS port 80

    11/10/2004 12:22:50 PM PST · by jpsb · 10 replies · 1,220+ views
    me | jpsb
    I am pretty sure Verizon DSL blocks/filters port 80. Anyone know this for a fact? Verizon tech supports claims they don't but having looked into it in detail with port scanners downloaded to my LAN (port 80 open including router/modem) and from the WAN (all ports including 80 BLOCKED) I think they do. Please comment if you have info.
  • DSL?

    10/18/2004 7:14:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 31 replies · 530+ views
    10/18/2004 | self
    I would like some feedback from FReepers regarding DSL. I presently have cable modem service and have been happy with it over the years. The only problem is that when it rains the service is often down which presents a huge problem since I use the service in my busines. Any FReepers' opinions who have had DSL and especially those who have had both DSL & cable modem would be appreciated. I was thinking I might get DSL as a backup...
  • Wireless Technology to Rival Cable, DSL - Intel

    09/07/2004 7:53:30 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 27 replies · 1,226+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 7, 2004 | Daniel Sorid
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An emerging wireless communications technology called WiMAX, which can blanket entire cities with high-speed Internet connections, will rival DSL and cable as the preferred way to connect homes and businesses to the Internet, Intel Corp. said on Tuesday. "I think that WiMAX could be to DSL and cable what cellular was to landline (phones) not too long ago," Intel President Paul Otellini said at a technical conference hosted by the Santa Clara, California-based company. Intel has begun shipping samples of WiMAX chips to customers and has committed to building WiMAX into its Centrino notebook computer chips...
  • I want my DSL

    07/22/2004 8:57:53 PM PDT · by chuckles · 8 replies · 420+ views
    vanity | 07/22/2004 | chuckles
    I've finally had enough! I want DSL! SBC just canceled DSL for my town and it looks like no help in sight. They are in talks with an independant phone company for sale of East Texas C.O's, mine being one of them. I don't want satelite and I can't get cable DSL. I found DSLAM's for sale on EBay and I want to be the DSL provider for my town. I have 30 years experience with SBC, but have never worked on DSL stuff. Never even seen it in a C.O. I need to know what I need to buy...
  • Bush pushes high-speed Internet access by 2007

    03/26/2004 3:36:28 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 80 replies · 302+ views
    USA Today ^ | March 26, 2004 | staff
    <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) — President Bush Friday urged affordable high-speed Internet access be available to all Americans by 2007 and that they have several choices for the service known as broadband.</p> <p>"We ought to have universal, affordable access to broadband technology by the year 2007," Bush said in a speech in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "And then we ought to make sure that as soon as possible thereafter consumers have plenty of choices..."</p>
  • Bush Pushes Broadband Rollout by 2007

    03/26/2004 5:47:25 PM PST · by El Conservador · 59 replies · 225+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 26, 2004 | Caren Bohan
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday proposed 2007 as the goal for universal availability of high-speed Internet access to keep America competitive and innovative. Speaking at length on the subject for the first time since August 2002, Bush discussed broadband while highlighting home ownership in the critical state of New Mexico -- a state he narrowly lost in the 2000 presidential election. "We ought to have universal, affordable access to broadband technology by the year 2007," Bush said. "And then we ought to make sure as soon as possible thereafter consumers have plenty...
  • Need Freeper Help: Best Router

    02/02/2004 11:13:32 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 45 replies · 3,009+ views
    02/02/04 | me
    I have dsl service and I like it. I would like to know what is the best router to use so I could connect my notebook to my dsl service. Basically what I'm looking for is the best wireless network router.
  • Taxing Your E-Mail

    10/29/2003 7:19:17 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 15 replies · 234+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 29, 2003 | staff
    <p>One of the more enduring Internet hoaxes is the chain letter claiming that the government has an e-mail tax in the works. Well, if Congress doesn't extend the Internet tax moratorium before it expires at the end of this week, the e-mail tax could soon cease to be an urban legend.</p>
  • The Brewing War over Broadband

    10/14/2003 2:55:18 PM PDT · by DeFault User · 42 replies · 716+ views
    C-Net ^ | 10/13/08 | Jim Hu
    The brewing war over broadband By Jim Hu Staff Writer, CNET Story last modified October 13, 2003, 12:00 PM PDT A legal decision striking down a key definition of cable broadband as an information service could signal tougher regulation for the high-speed Internet access industry. Last week's decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco takes direct aim at the Federal Communications Commission, which has long shielded the cable industry from government regulation. News.context What's new: If not overturned, a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would subject cable broadband to more...
  • Loral/Malfunction: One Of Six Craft It Wants To Sell

    09/19/2003 1:47:09 PM PDT · by anymouse · 4 replies · 205+ views
    Dow Jones Business News ^ | Friday September 19, 4:04 pm ET | Nick Baker and Ellen Sheng
    Loral Space & Communications Ltd. , which filed for bankruptcy in July as part of an agreement to sell six satellites, said one of these satellites malfunctioned Friday morning, becoming, at least temporarily, inoperable. Loral, which agreed to sell the six satellites aimed at North America to Intelsat Ltd. for up to $1.1 billion in cash, said Telstar 4 suffered a short circuit of its primary power system. Loral and Lockheed Martin Corp. the craft's builder, are evaluating the problem to determine if the Telstar 4 can be repaired. Telstar 4 is insured for $141 million, Loral said. Most customers...
  • Next step' in Internet's evolution

    09/18/2003 8:01:43 AM PDT · by BellStar · 33 replies · 497+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 18, 2003, 6:31AM | By ERIC BERGER
    Computer scientists at Rice University say the Internet is developing wrinkles. So they're proposing, along with colleagues at other universities, to radically overhaul America's Internet infrastructure, from the backbones that transport data around the world, to conduits into homes. To jump-start the process the National Science Foundation awarded $7.5 million Wednesday to several academic institutions, including Rice, to develop technologies 2,000 times faster than dial-up and up to 250 times faster than DSL or cable modems. And they want to bring this ultra high speed to 100 million homes. "We need to take the next step," said Ed Knightly, an...
  • Internet Service Providers File Federal Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against SBC

    07/24/2003 5:59:26 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 297+ views
    PRNewswire | July 24, 2003
    SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of Internet service providers have filed a lawsuit against SBC Communications in federal court under the Sherman Antitrust Act and California Unfair Business Practices statutes. This is the first time an antitrust case has been brought by independent ISPs against the giant Texas-based phone company. According to the suit, SBC is using its "last mile" monopoly against its broadband competitors to put them in an illegal "price squeeze." The company, which monopolizes in excess of 80% of the DSL market, will be called upon to defend its policy...
  • DSL or cable? What's your choice??

    06/25/2003 6:24:12 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 148 replies · 384+ views
    Yours Truly | June 25, 2003 | Yours Truly
    I use Charter Pipeline, and I'm pretty much satisfied... What's your choice/opinion??? One of these is my link to the world.
  • Netizens, prepare to pay more (own a cable modem? Tax proposal before FCC)

    06/10/2003 12:49:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies · 286+ views
    CNET ^ | June 9, 2003, 4:00 AM PT | Declan McCullagh
    Front Door | Perspectives | Search | One Week View Netizens, prepare to pay moreBy Declan McCullaghJune 9, 2003, 4:00 AM PT If you own a cable modem, expect a substantial increase in your monthly rates if a proposal currently before the Federal Communications Commission goes forward.The FCC is considering levying an additional tax of up to 9.1 percent on the revenue of cable modem providers. In theory, a cable provider is not required to pass the tax increase along to customers, but in practice, companies tend to do just that. EarthLink said last week that it would raise prices because of digital subscriber...
  • Verizon Jolts High-Speed Service

    05/13/2003 8:30:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 66 replies · 804+ views ^ | May 13, 2003 | Scott Woolley
    NEW YORK - It may be the best news the high-tech industry has seen all year: This morning Verizon Communications laid out the details of its plan to slash prices, increase speeds and reach more customers with high-speed Internet access--moves which could invigorate the relatively torpid U.S. broadband market. High prices and lagging speeds have been the two primary reasons that America's use of broadband lags well behind global leaders such as Canada and South Korea. Silicon Valley groups such as Technet say the slow U.S. rollout has crippled many bandwith-hungry technologies and left the U.S. telecom industry drowning...
  • SBC Pulls a Fast One

    03/15/2003 9:24:40 AM PST · by TonyBanks · 19 replies · 429+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/14/03 | Davis Lazarus
    <p>SBC Internet subscribers have been swamping me with calls and e-mail lately, complaining about the company's heavy-handed tactics in forcing a switch to the new high-speed SBC Yahoo service.</p> <p>"It looks like I've been left with no choice at all," said Carla Ruff, a San Francisco publishing consultant. "Is this legal?"</p>
  • FCC relaxes broadband line-sharing rules

    02/20/2003 9:31:37 AM PST · by ZGuy · 9 replies · 223+ views
    CBSMarketwatch ^ | 2/20/2003 12:16:44 PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to exempt new high-speed communications networks from requirements that they be shared with competitors, a move aimed at encouraging investment in bringing fast Internet access to consumers. The FCC also decided that existing copper lines need only be shared with competitors if high-speed Internet providers are prepared to offer voice services as well. The decision could favor established local telephone companies like BellSouth Corp. (BLS) and hurt independent broadband providers like Covad Communications Group Inc. (COVD) , which do not currently offer voice service.
  • Rumored FCC changes will lead to "a decade of lawsuits" for DSL services

    01/30/2003 6:04:26 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 49 replies · 354+ views
    DSL Prime News ^ | January 30, 2003 | Dave Burstein
    DSL Prime News: The Inside Source A leak from the FCC says a deal on line sharing has been reached because the RBOCs are about to build fiber, and therefore no longer hate sharing their outdated copper networks. "The Bells are about to build fiber, and that explains the coming FCC decisions." -- Leak from the top of the FCC Powell is apparently cutting a private deal with Seidenberg and Whitacre. He will give them less competition, and they will promise to build out a fiber or VDSL network. Powell hopes to change a public relations disaster into a...
  • DirecTV Broadband Plans to End High-Speed DSL Service

    12/13/2002 4:57:51 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 375+ views
    Dow Jones Business News | December 13, 2002 | Jenny Park
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Hughes Electronics Corp.'s DirecTV Broadband unit will close its high-speed Internet service business in an effort to strengthen profitability and efficiency. Hughes, which provides digital television, entertainment and broadband services under the DirecTV name, on Friday said the action will result in a fourth-quarter charge of between $100 million and $150 million to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or Ebitda. General Motors Corp.'s Hughes unit acquired Cupertino, Calif.-based DirecTV Broadband in April 2001 and currently serves 160,000 customers with its DirecTV DSL service. The company reiterated its full-year guidance, excluding items. In October,...
  • DSL: Get It Now Or Wait Longer?

    10/29/2002 4:45:06 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies · 446+ views
    Self | October 29, 2002 | PJ-Comix
    Right now I am using a Dialup modem to access the Internet. Earlier this year my ISP, Earthlink, notified me that they would give me free DSL installation plus a service charge of $29.95 per month. The catch was that after 6 months, the monthly DSL rate would go up to $49.95 per month. As tempted as I was by DSL, I held off in the hopes that the rate would go lower. Then this past week I got another message from Earthlink: Free DSL installation and only $21.95 per month. That rate is definitely very attractive but the catch...
  • Pew Research wants government regulation for US broadband elites.

    06/24/2002 1:40:28 PM PDT · by Scott McCollum · 8 replies · 297+ views
    World Tech ^ | Copyright 2002 - June 24, 2002 | Scott McCollum
    A clip: “Broadband Internet access via cable modem is not subject to the same Soviet-style regulatory constraints placed on Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) providers like AT&T, SBC and Verizon. These constraints, placed on DSL providers by the idiotic Telecommunications Act of 1996, forced their networks to share their infrastructure and provide 'open access' to their less well-funded competitors. In essence, if SBC spent $100 billion to build a DSL network that blankets the whole of the United States, a guy with some company letterhead that reads 'BubbaTel' in Hope, Arkansas would legally be able to charge his customers to use...
  • Which DSL service is better PacBell or DirectTVDSL?

    03/12/2002 11:03:22 AM PST · by dalereed · 24 replies · 201+ views
    3/12/2002 | Dale Reed
    I'm getting ready to sign up for DSL and would like to know what experience anyone has had with the service from Pac Bell or DirectTV DSL, the 2 that i'm considering.