Gigabit Internet coming to Omaha

Residents of Omaha hold onto your pants – you’re about to receive some blisteringly fast Internet speeds. CenturyLink has announced it is enhancing its fiber network and will roll out Gigabit Internet to 48,000 homes and businesses by this October. “Our ability to provide this service to Omaha residents is partly due to the good collaboration and partnership we have had with the City of Omaha and their support at the local level,” said Danny Pate, CenturyLink vice president and general manager – Nebraska, in a press release. “CenturyLink is pleased to offer Omaha next generation broadband technology. With speeds

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ISPs turn on Copyright Alert System

Six strikes and you’re out? As of this week, participating U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) are starting to utilize the Copyright Alert System. Users suspected of using copyright-violating peer-to-peer file sharing programs, such as BitTorrent, will now be issued notices about their illegal activity. Initially the notifications will be educational and may include voicemail messages and links to legitimate content. Further alerts could see users forced to watch anti-privacy videos. ISPs also have the power to reduce Internet connection speeds, aka throttle bandwidth, for repeat offenders. Those who think they’re being unfairly accused can appeal to the American Arbitration Association

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Could Wi-Fi/cellular hybrid be the next big thing?

A recent piece in the New York Times by Randall Stross examining a new trend in low-cost mobile phone plans proves to be an interesting read. He takes a look at Republic Wireless and its appealing hybrid Wi-Fi/cellular service, which utilizes Wi-Fi or Sprint’s 3G network when a hotspot isn’t available. With a start-up cost of $259, which includes a dual-band Motorola DEFYV XT smartphone, Republic offers service for just $19 per month, plus applicable taxes, for unlimited talk, text and data. There’s no contract to sign and no overages. Republic – which is owned by Bandwidth.com, which has worked

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Increased video consumption to strain broadband networks

A recent study reveals US online video consumption is expected to rise to seven hours a day by 2020, a practice that will put a great deal of stress on the wired broadband networks. Bell Labs, part of French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent, discovered that along with the 2.2 hour viewing increase, more content will be consumed on tablets. And people will have more to watch: Internet video is predicted to increase by a factor of 12. “Delivery of video from the cloud and from content delivery networks to tablets, TVs and smartphones – with guaranteed quality – presents an exciting

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Cellular Roaming Can Be Expensive

In January, one of my clients took his family to Florida for a week’s vacation, but he didn’t leave the office at home. He called his office on his cell phone each morning to check in and resolve any pressing problems, and he even made calls during the week to several of his customers.

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