As anyone who is stuck with only one high-speed broadband provider in their neighborhood knows, the state of competition for home Internet services in the United States is not very good. However, there’s a promising new technology that’s being developed that could give your cable provider a run for its money and will hopefully give you a second option that doesn’t involve praying for Google Fiber to roll into your city. More →
A new report on Sunday states AT&T will soon introduce data caps to its wireline broadband subscribers nationwide. AT&T has confirmed the move, which will go into effect on May 2nd. The caps will be set at 150GB per month for DSL customers and 250GB for U-Verse subscribers. AT&T will charge $10 for every 50GB over the cap, though overages will not be charged until customers exceed the cap in three separate months over the life of an account. The carrier states that only 2% of DSL subscribers will be affected by the change, though it does not specify what percentage of its U-Verse subscribers might be affected. AT&T also confirmed that it will implement a notification system that will “proactively notify customers when they exceed 65%, 90% and 100% of the monthly usage allowance.” More →
Thanks to a new law that comes into effect today, every single citizen of Finland now has a legal right to a wired broadband connection with a minimum speed of 1Mbps. According to communication minister Suvi Linden, the reason for the law is due to the fact that “internet services are no longer just for entertainment” and that it is a necessary to have to live in their “information society.” In Finland, all but 4% of households currently have broadband connections. This, says the government, equates to about 4,000 households, all of which should be compliant with the new law in short order. And just in case you’re curious, no, the Finnish government isn’t going to go totally ape if people who benefit from this law get into piracy. According to Linden, the most the Finnish government will do if someone is illegally downloading copyrighted material is send them letters. More →
According to Vincent O’Byrne, Verizon’s technology director, Verizon is planning to roll out 100Mbps FIOS in 2009. This move will expand the ultra high speed network beyond its limited test market which has been enjoying 100Mbps for at least a year now. With Comcast deploying DOCSIS 3.0 and upping the speeds it offers to 50Mbps in many markets, the pressure is on Verizon to maintain its competitive speed advantage, from a marketing standpoint at least. In the past, Verizon has made it clear that it views the 100Mbps speed threshold as a “sexy” marketing strategy, not a real necessity for most customers and that the driving force behind these speed increases is not customer demand but competitive marketing tactics. As long as it continues to up the ante and provide quality service, we don’t care whether it is the marketing team or consumers who are in driver’s seat. All we want is ample bandwidth to be able to stream Netflix HD, backup to Jungle Disk, video chat on skype, download the latest game demos and play COD4 on Xbox 360 all at the same time.
[Via DSl Reports]