Frontier Increasing Price of Simply Broadband

Thinking of switching to Frontier DSL? You may be paying $5 more after the local exchange carrier announced it will be increasing the price of its 6 Mbps Simply Broadband service. Existing customers will continue to pay just $29.99 per month, however new customers will be charged $34.99. The move could prove fruitful – broadband is the shining star of its offerings, with over 37,000 new subscribers during the first quarter of this year. In total, Frontier has nearly 2 million broadband subscribers. According to Frontier President and COO Dan McCarthy, less than 20 percent of its customers use a

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AT&T to Introduce Fiber to New Markets

AT&T is gearing up for an expansion that could see fiber rolled out to 100 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles and St. Louis. In total, 21 metropolitan areas are included in the tentative plans. It would give U-verse clients a big boost, bumping Internet speeds to 1 gigabit per second, which – according to AT&T – could allow an HD movie to be downloaded in just over 30 seconds. “We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic

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Sprint Announces Rural Partnership

Sprint Corp. is positioning itself to become a major player in the rural telecom market. On Thursday, Sprint chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son announced plans to give rural carriers affordable access to its network in order to roll out high-speed mobile broadband. The announcement came at the Global Expo of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) in San Antonio. “Every American, regardless of where they live or work, should have access to high-speed mobile broadband,” said Son, in a statement. “The programs developed by Sprint, CCA and the NetAmerica Alliance are a strong first step to improving availability of LTE service

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Windstream Settles False Advertising Lawsuit

Windstream will fork over big money to make up for false DSL speed claims. The service provider has agreed to pony up a $600,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought against it by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection. As we first reported last March, Windstream was under investigation for inaccurately portraying its broadband speeds. One businessman interviewed by CBS stated his speeds were often less than one megabit per second (MBps), despite the fact Windstream told an undercover reporter it guaranteed speeds of six to 12 MBps. It’s not the first time Windstream had been singled out for deceptive

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FCC Launches Mobile Broadband App

Recently sworn in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is taking the reins on the FCC’s quest to improve wireless connectivity across the country. A meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14, where FCC representatives will unveil an app that allows users to test their mobile broadband speed on their smartphones. The FCC will use the data to evaluate the connectivity of different carriers. The Android app will be available as early as this spring, though the idea dates back to 2010, when the FCC made the decision to test mobile broadband speeds through crowdsourcing. The original app – the Consumer

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OneGigabit rolls out cheap Internet service

It’s remarkable how fast we can browse for information on the Internet nowadays. But wouldn’t it be even better if the process was even faster? Well, according to the new Vancouver-based company OneGigabit, we can. For a relatively low price, OneGigabit offers Internet service that runs at one gigabit per second. That’s around 60 times faster than the average Canadian rate. It only costs between $45 to $65, and allows much greater download and streaming capabilities. Other companies that offer even close to one gigabit per second typically cost over $100. OneGigabit’s bill looks a lot friendlier. Drawbacks, you may

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FTC targets online ads

Tired of sifting through ads on Google before you find the search results you were looking for? You’re not alone. All the deceiving ads online these days can make viewing certain webpages very cumbersome. It appears the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) feels your pain, because it has recently laid out a new set of regulations for popular search engines to follow. Not a Google user? Don’t worry, this includes Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com and many other search engines that the public flock to for information. The new guidelines will make it easier for users to differentiate between legitimate search results and

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Google Loon taking to the sky

Some dreams are too big or too unrealistic to accomplish. We all know that from personal experience. What if they weren’t? The dream of Internet access for the entire world, when two-thirds of the population go without, seems like one of those impossible fantasies. But Google plans to beat the odds with its new Loon project. The Internet is an outlet for communication, research, education and much more. Not having access can be a significant setback. Google realized this and came up with an innovative – and somewhat fantastical – solution. Using a network of stratospheric balloons 20 kilometers above

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DSL fee dings CenturyLink customers

If you are a CenturyLink DSL customer, brace yourself for a slightly higher bill. Customers have begun receiving notification of a new $1 Internet Cost Recovery Fee, which has appeared just months after the company hiked its DSL rates. “Like with other junk fees of this kind, this is a way to raise rates (further) without increasing the advertised price by tacking on below-the-line fees,” wrote Karl Bode, of BroadbandReports.com. “It’s absolutely predatory and a form of false advertising, yet in the 13 years I’ve covered this industry I’ve never once seen a regulator (state or federal), PSC, Attorney General

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New book takes aim at telecom monopolies

Law professor Susan Crawford has written a new book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, which takes a critical look at information infrastructure in America. Simply put, she says that our telecom systems have been taken over by monopolists who chronically overcharge consumers. “We are in this position as a country because we assumed that the magic of the marketplace would provide competition and provide world-class communications,” said Crawford, in a recent interview with the New York Times. “But history has demonstrated that left to their own devices, companies will gouge the rich,

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