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FCC broadband report offers fodder for net neutrality discussions

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FCC broadband report offers fodder for net neutrality discussions
A recent FCC study may have taken some wind out of the sails for those who suggest that ISPs are not living up to performance promises. In its fourth such annual report, "Measuring Broadband America-2014," the FCC has found that, on average, ISPs now provide 101% of advertised download speeds. Not surprisingly, advertised performance differed by the technology used: DSL-based downloads services delivered 91% of advertised speeds, while cable-based services delivered 102%, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services clocked in at 113%, and satellite performed at 138% of advertised speeds. Upload speeds followed a similar technology-dependent trend: satellite services delivered 138%, FTTH delivered 114%, cable provided 111%, and DSL-based services underperformed with 98% of advertised upload speeds. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Amazon names initial apps, lights 'fire' under developers
Many of the most popular mobile apps look set to be available on Amazon's new Fire smartphone when it launches on July 25.The company said Wednesday that versions of Twitter, Facebook, Pandora, Skype, Dropbox, Instagram, Yahoo, Uber and Yelp are among those being developed for Fire. The phone runs on a modified version of Google's Android OS and relies on the Amazon Appstore—something that means the full catalog of Android apps won't be available to users.But with Wednesday's announcement, which came hours after the Fire was announced at a news conference in Seattle, Amazon is apparently trying to avoid the problems experienced by Microsoft and BlackBerry, which faced criticism and bad publicity when they launched new phone platforms with major apps missing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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It's not time for Cisco CEO John Chambers to retire
It seems every couple of years the chatter of John Chambers retirement as the CEO of Cisco comes up. Recently, there has been a flood of articles speculating when he might retire, including this one from the esteemed Jim Duffy. There seems to be no basis for this other than a report from Scott Raynovich, who cites a bunch of unnamed sources.The other factor fueling the chatter is timing. Almost two years ago, Chambers stated that he would look to retire in two to four years, and we're coming up on the 20th anniversary of his CEO-ship of Cisco. Very few tech CEOs ever hold a tenure that long, so the 20-year mark seems like the right time for Mr. Chambers to end his reign at the helm of the company. Additionally, Chambers turns 65 later this year. 20 years, 65th birthday, 2 years after his statement – it all fits together nicely.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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How Google Glass set wearable computing back 10 years
The introduction of Google Glass at the Google I/O developers conference in June 2012 was one of the coolest technology debuts ever. Glass-wearing skydivers jumped out of an airplane high above San Francisco's Moscone Center, floated down to the roof, jumped onto mountain bikes, and pedaled into the conference hall where Sergei Brin was waiting – while the audience soaked up the experience through the first-person perspective of the stunt team. The full house went wild — witnesses to what we thought was an amazing revolution in wearable computing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Dear FCC: Please don't let me watch football
I can understand why millionaire NFL team owners would lobby the FCC in an effort to dissuade that regulatory body from ditching its so-called "TV blackout rule." After all, the rule requires that 85% of an NFL team's ridiculously priced "non-premium" seats be sold or a game cannot be shown on TV (free or otherwise).Who wouldn't want to protect such a sweet racket?What I don't understand is how these millionaire NFL team owners could envision me – a lifelong fan and former season-ticket holder – getting behind this effort to convince the FCC to continue playing a role in stopping me from watching football.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



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