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May 3rd, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers
$2.97 per share is the number being offered by Sprint to Clear Wireless Internet that would allow the former to take control. But the counterbid of $25.5 billion by another major company for Clearwire has caused Sprint to state that its $20.1 billion dollar bid for the company is just fine with them and doesn’t need to be raised.
This is quite a bold statement, considering that SoftBank is also dealing with a second major wireless carrier where it comes to counterbids. If that weren’t enough, SoftBank is also facing opposition in the form of a vowed proxy battle from Crest Financial. SoftBank’s bid would see it controlling 70% of Clearwire, even in a worst-case scenario should it win.
April 5th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
1,400 Best Buy stores will be getting a bit of a facelift this month in order to prevent showroomers from using their ATT Uverse connections to make purchases online after checking prices and features in-store. Samsing ’boutiques’ will be installed in these stores, with 900 of them opening in May. The store considers showrooming to be a significant issue, as it has seen its shares decrease steadily over time.
After it realized that past attempts, such as price-match guarantees and its Red Laser partnership were not effective, it was time to admit there was a problem. But the acknowledgement didn’t come until November of 2012 when the new CEO took over. The company estimated then that as much as 40% of its customers were possibly engaging in showrooming.
March 29th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Yesterday, a DDoS or distributed denial of service attack took place against Spamhaus, the world-renowned anti-spam organization. But despite being given the description of ‘massive’, the attack has only seemed to slow, and not completely stop, internet speeds in some global regions including those using internet service providers New York. Interesting results, given that at one point, the flow of traffic to Spamhaus was recorded to be in excess of 300 gigabits per second.
But this wasn’t just a one-time attack; apparently, it’s been going on for a couple of weeks. Beginning at just 10 Gbps, the attacks gradually increased in size until they reach 120 Gbps on the twenty-first of this month. This is the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, but interestingly, it’s been smaller attacks, such as last August’s disruptions to a region serviced by AT&T, and the attack which inspired GoDaddy’s move to Verisign servers last September.
March 22nd, 2013 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
South Korea’s banks and broadcasters were the victims of a cyberattack this week, but the country’s regulators may now have to change their opinion of who the attacker was. Although China’s regulators fingered China as the perpetrator because the IP address came from that country, they are now saying that their attack suspicions from Chinese DSL providers may have been hasty.
However, the accusation wasn’t without reason, as North Korean hackers have been used by China in the past to execute attacks. This has raised tensions in recent months. While the attack may not have come from China, South Korean regulators say they still believe the attack originated overseas, and are continuing their work to pinpoint an exact location. They have identified the malware used in teh attack, called “DarkSeoul”.
March 15th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Facebook will be trying to improve its algorithms to expand its Graph Search reach for those accessing the site via internet service providers by city. The details of the company’s plans were posted on its blog yesterday. Graph Search was only launched to a few users at the beginning of the year, but has seen much discussion due to observations by marketers and other users.
Some of the shortcomings of the search include out of date information, and the fact that the search doesn’t consider comments or status updates. The company continues to observe how its search is being used. Engineers determine a possible algorithm improvement, and then test it by trying it out on small user groups. Finally, they compare their results. While no exact algorithms are available to the public, there are some character traits that can hint at their inner workings, such as the use of natural-language processing to make search suggestions.
February 6th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Both parties in Congress can at least agree on one thing: that no world government should regulate the internet itself. A resolution released in December of last year called for the International Telecommunications Union to stop any plans it had to move into an internet providers control position. The resolution received backing today when legislation was proposed to make promoting internet freedom part of United States policy.
The wording of the bill is interesting, mentioning the promotion of a global internet that is free of government control. But some of the lawmakers are not thrilled about it, or at least they weren’t during the SOPA debate. Many feel that the debate for a free internet will be a never-ending one, which is likely to be the reality, considering that many positions on SOPA and PIPA held by representatives have not seemed to be enduring.
February 4th, 2013 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
New privacy guidelines were issued by the FTC on Friday which, it is hoped, will further protect consumer privacy on mobile devices. Now considered more of an ecosystem, the mobile market’s vendors, developers and advertising networks all play a role in how the consumer’s information is treated. These days, the consumer is dealing with several, and not just a single company when they sign up for mobile internet providers in my area.
The FTC says that mobile platform vendors should be leading the way in how information is handled, as their position in the mobile ecosystem allows them to not only set, but enforce disclosure requirements. One way in which vendors can participate is to design APIs which notify the user when an app is trying to use their information.
February 1st, 2013 by ElizaP in dsl providers, high speed internet providers
An affordable internet connection could mean many things if you’re an internet user. If you need high speeds for seamless streaming and game playing, you may think that fiber optic internet can offer you the most value. But the reality is that DSL providers may be able to offer you speeds that you didn’t know you could get. DSL has come a long way since the old days. And it’s still as convenient as ever to get hooked up, as you can often do it yourself in a few easy steps.
Finding the right provider could mean considering a large number of them. And this can easily lead to confusion when they’re all saying they’re the right company for you. The best way to tell which company is right is not only research their prices and speeds, but find out what their customers think of them. Doing this can give you valuable insight into how a company will treat you when issues arise.
January 31st, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
A major satellite internet provider in Europe today announced that it would be offering a new range of packages that would have two major benefits: close the digital divide further, and meet the needs of the internet’s most demanding users. Eutelsat’s Tooway internet service, launched in 2011, provided download speeds of up to 10 Mbps. But all but one of the new packages will double that speed to 20Mbps, and offer an upload speed of 6 Mbps.
Customers can enjoy a 10GB data allowance for the cost of about $50 U.S. monthly. Unlimited data is being offered for under $120 U.S. per month. Satellite internet has long been considered vital to reaching out to all communities that need internet. This latest move answers a report published in 2012, which fingered inadequate broadband services as the reason the local economy was suffering.
January 30th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, or CRTC, reports that it received 75 complaints toward internet service providers for throttling last year. According to the commission’s spokespeople, all types of ISPs were covered in the complaints received. Throttling is the practice internet companies employ when they discover illegal activities going on with their connections, and can including anything from slower download speeds to intermittent video streaming.
Although a list of the service providers in question wasn’t provided, the CRTC said that about 15% of the complaints were still being investigated, which is a lengthy process that can get complicated, perhaps because there is no solid enforcement entity in place to address the throttling issue. However, it was stated that many ISPs have changed their practices since in order to further benefit the consumer.
January 11th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
A storm which occurred in the summer of 2012 is the subject of a recently-released report which blasts a best internet provider for not ensuring its network was prepared. The report, released by the FCC, states that the widespread outages in landline phone service as the result of a mid-Atlantic storm in June 2012 were largely preventable or at least able to be mitigated.
The reason for such a damning report is mainly due to the fact that 911 service was completely lost to those living in Northern Virginia. This also resulted in connectivity being lost to 911 call centers, making it impossible for affected residents to reach someone for help. As well, there were a number of generator failures at several key locations.
December 28th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
Most people think of being able to get online while they’re on the go when they think of wireless internet. But there is also wireless internet for inside the home that uses a router. Wireless routers can be a big problem for lots of homeowners wishing to have wireless internet. This is because interference can occur with the router signal. That’s why it’s always recommended that a wireless router be placed as close to the center of a home as possible, and away from barrier like walls and large appliances.
The center of a home can sometimes be in a utility room that’s behind a door. If this is the case, then interference can definitely occur. If the router cannot be moved, then it may make sense to have more than one router, running an Ethernet cable between the two.
December 14th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
If you are a business owner, you may already know that hosted VOIP is an increasingly popular alternative for small businesses to get affordable internet service. But why is this looking like a more beneficial alternative than a connection from internet service providers Minneapolis? The first reason is its reliability; hosted VOIP service relies more on data center networks, which results in increased uptime, as well as a more reliable connection.
Reliance on networks in-house mean more of a load placed on your IT department, meaning more hours and a higher cost. It can also be far less reliable, because there is only one network for the VOIP service to rely on instead of several. As well, communication can be shut down to the entire network if your VOIP service is hosted in-house.
October 19th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Everyone seems to be raving about tablets and their incredible portability. After all, how else can you log on with internet service providers Nashville to update your Facebook status, watch videos or check your email almost weightlessly from the porch? But the question has arisen time and again: can tablets take the place of the desktop computer or laptop? That may depend on the programs you want to use on your tablet.
If you plan to do a lot of typing, then you will need an external keyboard. As far as programs go, you may find that although there are many which can allow you to execute PC tasks on your tablet, they may not have the number of features that the same type of program does on your desktop computer or laptop.
October 18th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP, News
Social media users have been posting and tweeting incessantly since Tuesday night’s Presidential debate. And while both candidates exhibited restraint and were able to maintain their composure, it appears the opposite was true with internet service providers Houston. Perhaps it’s the anonymous nature of the internet that tempts users to throw caution to the wind when posting their opinions. Or perhaps it simply a strong feeling about the state of the economy. Whatever the reason, some tweets and updates were certainly not for the faint of heart.
Over on sites like Tumblr, things took a more humorous turn, as memes depicting Romney’s now-famous ‘binders full of women’ statement appeared and then proceeded to circulate the web. Gifs depicting debate audience members napping and looped gestures by debate participants were also popular.
October 16th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
According to Fierce Telecom, the VOIP market is continuing its reign as an in-demand product. Huge numbers were revealed in a recent Infonetics Research report, which estimated that $400 billion will be spent on VOIP for both residential and business applications over the next four years.
The benefits of VOIP can’t be denied; first of all, the cost savings can be astronomical, as no service or payment of a home phone line is needed; just a connection with internet service providers Denver. VOIP is also portable, as it isn’t restricted to one location, such as the home land line. Yet another benefit is the quality of sound that VOIP offers. This is possible because VOIP technology converts its packets from analog to digital in real time.
October 12th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News, satellite providers
You may have heard of the National Broadband Stimulus Program, an initiative put in place in order to get Internet Service Providers Jacksonville to rural and underserved communities. But progress has been slow since its 2009 inception, and the numbers say it all, with less than 4% of rural counties meeting the stimulus’s speed goals.
In the case of rural internet, having emergency services access is critical, as is an understanding of the logistics of rural communities. For example, emergency crews will take longer to respond to an event in a rural community than they may in a city center. But when a community has internet, instantaneous communication can occur.
The internet can also help rural communities with managing their health. Instead of traveling to a larger city, rural residents can go online and get advice from medical professionals without ever having to leave their homes, which is the ultimate in convenience.
October 11th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, cable providers, dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP
Recent news reports have made the question of our privacy more prevalent than ever before. Although the current incarnation of the bill demands that companies and Internet Service Providers Sacramento comply with the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights when handling personal information, that there be transparency on the part of companies collecting information, and that the consumer has the right to control how much information is collected, many are still saying that more detail is needed.
For example, there are many assumptions with data collection when information is obtained for the purpose of credit. An individual’s eligibility for credit could be based on information aggregated from a large group of similar consumers. However, not all information collected could be true for that individual.
But there appears to be good news: the advertising industry has chosen to support consumers. Early this year, advertisers agreed to refuse to supply their customers’ browsing habits to any companies not wishing to use it for advertising.
April 17th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP, News
Although the rewrite of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing And Protection Act is now complete, and, it has been stated, is not meant to endanger the privacy of Americans, many are still saying it’s not enough. Only minor tweaks to the act were made, leaving a legislation that is still very broad in scope. Experts are saying that should the legislation go forward – a vote is expected next week – it will allow the National Security Agency to access sensitive information such as e-mail content and internet history. Many advocacy groups are protesting the legislation, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and TechFreedom. The issue with the legislation lies, essentially, with one phrase: “notwithstanding any other provision of law”. Including this phrase would allow the legislation past the privacy policies of web companies, wiretap laws, medical records and many more rules designed to protect information.
March 9th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, cable providers, dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News
Britain’s High Court expressed its solidarity with the music industry and Digital Economy Act this week in the country’s latest struggle for the regulation of peer-to-peer file sharing. The Act requires all internet providers to identify and restrict access to the internet to users they suspect are downloading and sharing audio and video content illegally with a multi-step process involving several escalating warnings, with the possible result of complete blockage of internet access the activity continues. Internet providers seem to be worried that the regulations set forth by the Digital Economy Act will harm the right to free expression, but creative groups say that regulation is badly needed to reduce the amount of illegal sharing of their content online. In addition, they say that the Digital Economy Act will help teach young consumers about the damaging effects of piracy.
February 24th, 2012 by ElizaP in dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News
Want to join the millions of people who upload their videos to YouTube? It’s actually much easier than you think. Once you’ve created your video, either with your web cam or other video recorder, and then edited it (an easy program is Windows Movie Maker), you’re ready to show it to the world.
Step One: Registration
If you don’t already have a YouTube account, you will have to create one. This is very easy and takes just a few minutes. It’s also free. Tip: if you have an email account with Google, signup will be even easier.
Step Two: Uploading
Uploading your video is as easy as going to the “Account Settings” section of your account. The upload link can be found on the upper right. Simply click it, and then browse for the video you’ve created on your computer. It can take up to 30 minutes for a video to load in addition to processing time, so once you’ve begun the process, don’t click your browser’s ‘back’ button to try again, as this will interrupt the upload. Step Three: Description And Sharing If you are looking to make your video completely public, using lots of relevant keywords along with a detailed title and description will help people to find it. When building your keyword list, think of what someone may type in when they’re looking for a video like yours. In addition to public sharing, you can opt to make your video private. Private links allow for only those who are sent the link to view it. But be aware that if your contacts share your link with their own friends, that it will become public.
February 21st, 2012 by ElizaP in dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News
When you think of high speed internet, the last connection on your mind might be the kind you get from DSL providers. But did you know that a DSL connection can actually be plenty to handle whatever you do online. DSL speeds usually range from between 768 kb and 1.5 Mbps per second for lower-priced packages. However, many companies now offer faster DSL connections that come in at between 3 and 7 Mbps, which is close to a cable internet connection’s average speed in the lower-priced packages. There are some differences between the two connections. One is the distance you live from your DSL company’s headquarters. The farther away you are, the slower your connection could be. Cable internet bandwidth is also shared with those in your area, meaning that you could experience slow internet during times of peak usage when many people are online at the same time.
February 17th, 2012 by ElizaP in at&t Internet, at&t Uverse, broadband, high speed internet providers, ISP, News
Authenticated online services, premium channels, on-demand and HD are all included in the extension of an agreement between ATT Uverse and Starz Entertainment. The extension, announced this week will be multi-year and cover multiple platforms such as portable devices, PCs and tablets. Both companies benefit from the extension, with AT&T being a leader in providing content that customers can access with virtually any device, and Starz Entertainment offering some of the highest quality movie content available. The entertainment company says that AT&T has done a superb job of selling its video content to subscribers. Starz boasts over 50 million subscribers to its range of premium channels, which includes HD On Demand, Encore and Movieplex. Further details of the extension agreement were not made available to the public.
February 15th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP, News
FreedomPop, a new wave telecom company created by the co-founder of Skype, has selected the Clear Wireless Internet network as the source who will power its free mobile broadband service. The strategic wholesale relationship will allow FreedomPop to meet its goal of free access for all in the United States when it launches in the second half of 2012. The company will pay wholesale rates for access to the wireless network, but other details of the agreement remain unknown. Clearwire’s Senior Vice President of Wholesale says that the partnership is key, as it offers a service model that is unique to wireless broadband, and will give it a much-needed shake up. Clear wireless currently services over 100 million U.S. customers, with plans for its 4G LTE advanced-ready network to come online in the coming months.
February 14th, 2012 by ElizaP in cable providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News
If you live in a rural area and are looking for an internet connection that’s faster than dial-up, DSL could be your answer. However, there are a few things to understand about DSL service. First, the distance you live from the central telephone switch in your area will directly affect the speed of your connection. The closer you are, the faster your service will be. Another thing to realize is that DSL will not reach the same speeds as faster land line internet types like fiber optic and cable. This is due to the type of lines used to transmit data. DSL uses the same copper lines as your telephone, where both cable and fiber optic data travels over lines made specifically for internet. When searching for a DSL company, checking their coverage area is a good idea. Qwest DSL, for example is available in over ten states, mainly in the West.
February 13th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, cable providers, dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News, satellite providers
Saving money on high speed internet is something that is a common goal among many who are seeking the best internet providers. But how can you know what the average prices for internet service are unless you compare companies? Without comparison, you could end up paying much more for your service than you can afford. Or, you could end up with internet that isn’t fast enough for what you do online. So why wonder what kind of value you’re really getting when all it takes is a few minutes online? Comparison shopping will be made easier when you use a trusted resource to check prices, speeds, contracts and opinions. And going online means that you can sign up for service without having to call a company to get yourself connected.
February 10th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, cable providers, dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News, satellite providers
A Utah bill that would see internet providers blocking online gambling sites had its voting process delayed until the financial impact of the bill could be better understood. Bill HB108 carries with it a stern message: no internet gambling whatsoever. The state has already outlawed all gambling in its Constitution, but the issue demands a solution in the face of a government resolution that would allow nationwide online gambling. According to the details of the resolution, those states not wanting online gambling must expressly opt out. If they do not, they risk the entry of Indian casinos, as the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act would automatically take effect if no opt-out has been declared. The House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee has been urged by Utah government to pass the bill.