Internet

Microsoft's subsea speed monster: A cable 16 million times faster than your broadband | ZDNet

New Marea link gives Microsoft and Facebook enough capacity to stream 71 million HD videos at once.<p>Microsoft, Facebook and Telefonica have hit a key …

Microsoft

Microsoft and Facebook's 160Tbps transatlantic undersea cable carries more data than any other

Over the past year, Facebook and Microsoft have been working together on an incredible project to add internet connectivity infrastructure to support the ever-expanding population that’s accessing the web.<p>We keep talking about how so much of our data and connected services live in the cloud, but …

Microsoft

The Internet’s Biggest Companies Just Changed How the Web Works

By Adrianne Jeffries in the <i>Outline</i><p>By Patrick Tucker in <i>Defense One</i><p>By Anne Trafton at <i>MIT News</i><p>By Erika Christakis in the <i>Atlantic</i><p>By Stephen S. Hall in …

FCC rule change says you have fast internet -- but you don't

The FCC might be changing its standards for high-speed internet, but not in a way that benefits anyone who doesn’t have it. The Commission filed a notice of inquiry last month to redefine the speeds which define broadband internet — today is the last day to comment on it. If the FCC does change the …

Net Neutrality

Verizon Says Some Cut-Off Rural Customers Can Stay, But They Must Ditch Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon recently notified around 8,500 rural wireless customers — accounting for nearly 20,000 phone numbers — that their service was going to be cut …

Consumer News

A merger between Sprint and T-Mobile might not face many hurdles at the Trump administration

A look at some past statements from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.<p>A potential merger of T-Mobile and Sprint could fare well with the Trump administration, which has telegraphed for months that it isn’t resolutely opposed to the combination of the country’s third- and fourth-largest wireless giants.<p>For …

Net Neutrality

Tech firms and lawmakers celebrate new trans-Atlantic cable

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Lawmakers and tech industry leaders have announced the completion of a new high-speed data cable that stretches across the Atlantic Ocean.<p>Representatives from Facebook and Microsoft joined with Virginia's governor and two senators in Williamsburg to celebrate the cable's …

Virginia Beach

Dutch court orders internet providers to block The Pirate Bay

Here we go again. Notorious torrenting portal The Pirate Bay is getting blocked in the Netherlands yet another time.<p>A court in the Hague has ordered Dutch internet service providers Ziggo and Xs4all to cut all access to The Pirate Bay within the next 10 days, local news outlet Tweakers reports. The …

Judiciary

Spain and Catalonia Wrestle Over .Cat Internet Domain

On the same day this week that the Spanish authorities stormed the offices of the Catalan regional government, detaining at least 14 people, a less-noticed raid took place.<p>The puntCat foundation, which oversees the registry of websites with the “.cat” domain, tweeted Wednesday that its offices had …

Fashion

Mobile Broadband No Substitute For Wireline, Groups Tell FCC

Mobile broadband service is complementary to wireline service, not a substitute for it, advocacy groups say in a new filing with the Federal …

Mobile Broadband

The state of internet outages: What we know about what we don’t know

Why can’t consumers and business owners get straight talk from their internet service providers about when their service likely will be restored? And …

Business

The best and worst broadband providers - where does your household sit?

Telecoms giant TalkTalk has been named the worst broadband provider in Britain by consumer watchdog Which?<p>It found the firm was not on the same …

Broadband

EU allegedly suppressed a report which found that piracy doesn't affect legal sales of music, movies and games

The European Commission seems to have suppressed a report which concluded that copyright infringement had no negative impact on legal sales. In other …

Pirate Party

Report: T-Mobile, Sprint finally figuring out this merger thing | Ars Technica

T-Mobile owner would take majority stake; US would be left with 3 big carriers.<p>T-Mobile USA and Sprint are getting further along in merger talks and …

T-Mobile

Beyoncé Just Sent an Army of Beyoncés to Break the Internet

When Beyoncé posted a photo of her one-month-old twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, on Instagram in July, the internet predictably went into meltdown. The …

Why regulating Google and Facebook like utilities is a long shot

In 2009, a radio host asked Google's Eric Schmidt whether there might come a point when Google should be treated like a utility. The audience laughed …

Politics

It’s Good That TRAI Is Slashing Interconnection Charges, But It Should Do It Faster

The regulatory body should terminate interconnection usage charges completely by 2019 instead of 2020, encouraging operators to turn the new …

India

FCC Urged To Put Bakes On Net Neutrality Repeal

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has made no secret of his plan to gut the net neutrality rules.<p>Within weeks of Donald Trump's …

Net Neutrality

Internet Society statement on Internet blocking measures in Catalonia, Spain | Internet Society

Measures restricting free and open access to the Internet have been reported in Catalonia. There have been reports that major telecom operators have …

Censorship

Disruptors Get the Carrot and Incumbents the Stick as TRAI Terminates Interconnection Charges

While arguments over methodologies and calculations will find its way to the courts, the telecom regulator believes that symmetry in tariffs will …

Net Neutrality

Identifying exposures and vulnerabilities in UC/RTC Environments

Businesses continue to evolve and rely more heavily on Unified Communications (UC) and Real Time Communications (RTC) based applications to run their …

Information Security

Netflix, Microsoft, and Google just quietly changed how the web works

The organization that sets standards for the web just failed to beat back a stupid, greedy technology.<p>This week the World Wide Web Consortium, the …

Technology

Verizon kicking people off network for using just a few gigabytes a month | Ars Technica

Despite low use, Verizon blames roaming charges for termination of 8,500 customers.<p>When Verizon Wireless started disconnecting rural customers for …

Verizon

Boring, complex and important: a recipe for the web's dire future

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has resigned from the W3C, the body responsible for governance of web standards. Cory Doctorow explains why<p>There …

Privacy

SpaceX Satellite Broadband Network May Be Called 'Starlink' - ExtremeTech

SpaceX Satellite Broadband Network May Be Called ‘Starlink’<p>By on September 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links …

Ziff-Davis

Internet providers complicit or co-opted in state sponsored hacks

The cybersecurity firm ESET sees "strong indicators of major internet service provider (ISP) involvement" in a new round of attacks from a …

Security

SpaceX files trademark documents for its global Internet network

SpaceX seems to be taking a step forward in its plan to provide low-cost global internet access via a network of satellites. According to a report …

SpaceX

Hackers left firms poorer by $4 billion in first half of 2017

Trend Micro detected more than 82 million ransomware threats in the first half of the year.<p>Global losses due to cyber attacks, including cost of …

Cybersecurity

Hurricane Maria Knocks Out 95 Percent of Puerto Rico Cell Sites

'Getting Puerto Rico's communications networks up and running will be a challenging process, particularly given the power outages,' FCC Chairman Ajit …

Caribbean

Politics Hang Heavy Over FCC's Review of Sinclair-Tribune Media

The bad news for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. (SBGI) is that it has a number of hoops to jump through before it can secure regulatory approval to …

Investing