News tagged: Broadband
Altice, a French company that became the fourth largest cable provider in the US by acquiring CableVision, is going to be a wireless provider. It's working with Sprint to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Altice will have "full" use of Sprint's network.
Qualcomm is a well-known company that makes chipsets and modems for mobile devices. It is mostly known for its Snapdragon lineup, but lately the company is dealing with a legal battle against Apple. Regardless of that, the company might be acquired by Broadcom, a wireless
The FCC's Lifeline program assists people below the poverty line in gaining access to phones and the internet. According to Ars Technica, chairman Ajit Pai wants to cap Lifeline spending, though an exact budget restriction wasn't mentioned. Lifeline covers phones and broadband.
SpaceX has already publicly discussed its plan to offer a satellite-based broadband internet service, but details haven't really been released. It still isn't releasing more info, but documents filed by the company could reveal the upcoming service's name.
57.5 million Americans now have access to gigabit broadband internet, according to Viavi, a telecom hardware manufacturer. Viavi's report found the US has more people with access to gigabit internet than any other country. Though the prevalence of gigabit per capita is low.
The FCC is moving to classify mobile broadband in a way that's similar to its existing broadband definition. A document from the agency outlines how it would implement a standard speed classification of 10 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. It's seeking comment on the proposal.
The latest party platform for the Democratic Party says the political group is interested in breaking up broadband monopolies in the US with new regulations. Along with breaking up certain monopolies, the rules would instruct regulators to review the impact of mergers.
Microsoft has detailed a plan to close the rural internet access gap in the United States by 2022. As it stands, 34 million Americans don't have access to broadband. That figure includes 39% of citizens living in rural areas. Microsoft wants to put an end to that lack of service.
Google and a group of partners are extending Project Link into a new initiative called CSquared, which will work to improve Africa's broadband infrastructure. Project Link was introduced by Google in Uganda in 2013 to assist ISPs and mobile networks in the country.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is facing a lawsuit from New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman over unacceptably low performance. According to Schneiderman, Time Warner Cable intentionally provided consumers with service that was slower than advertised.
Comcast is under fire for quietly using fees to raise rates on its internet plans. Although a lot of regulators haven't been focused on the issue of hidden broadband fees, Oregon's Department of Justice has been asked by local regulators to investigate the company.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has outlined a plan to reverse net neutrality rules in the US, but the agency is going to face a lot of opposition. One piece of opposition comes from a group of over 800 tech industry members. They sent Pai a very critical response.
A new survey from Pew Research has found the majority of Americans support letting cities build their own broadband networks, something regular ISPs strongly oppose. Based on results from 4,000 people, Pew says 70% of Americans are in favor of letting cities build networks.
One of the requirements that was placed on Charter's merger with Time Warner Cable has been removed by the FCC. It would have controlled some of Charter's service expansions in the coming years, with the company needing to cover 2 million additional households within 5 years.
Google Fiber is downsizing as it seemingly shifts from broadband to wireless and becomes less important for Alphabet. Hundreds of employees are confirmed to be moving out of Alphabet's Access division and into other parts of the company. This follows major budget cuts.
Almost every device now has a wireless chip inside, but not every supports the latest standard. To improve performance of current chips, and lower the cost, Qualcomm has unveiled a new pair of chips that support the latest 802.11ax standard, called IPQ8074 and QCA6290.
Free wireless internet is going to be provided by the Indian government in 1,050 villages around the country. The government is installing WiFi hotspots in regions that don't have fast and accessible broadband. This program has a price tag of $62 million.
Kathy Byron, a Virginia House Republican, has put forth a bill that would essentially block any municipal broadband in the state. Proposals of this sort can't be blocked by the FCC and they're supported by cable companies who would prefer not to compete with cities.
Broadband is now classified as a basic communications service in Canada and the federal government will invest in infrastructure improvements. The decision was announced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, a regulatory agency.
Current 4G LTE technology is present on almost every phone, including the most affordable ones. The next step is to implement 5G technology, which is expected to launch in a year or two. Actually, Verizon and AT&T are aiming to launch 5G networks sometime next year.