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FCC proposal could help Google Fiber roll out to more cities

Gigabit internet could get a boost in the U.S. if the FCC votes to approve a new proposal affecting how utility poles are managed. This could help new service providers, like Google Fiber, rapidly deploy its fast internet service.
Computing

Through the wire, to the limit, to the wall: The 5 best ethernet cables

While our world may be transitioning to wireless connectivity, Ethernet connections are still faster and less prone to lag times than traditional Wi-Fi networks. Here are five of the best Ethernet cables you can buy.
Computing

Internet connectivity is a human right, and Rightmesh has a plan to fulfill it

Rightmesh believes internet connectivity is a human right, and it plans to help spread internet access using mesh networks built from users' existing smartphones, and other devices. The platform has completed an initial coin offering and…
Computing

A second massive Comcast outage leaves customers without service this month

Comcast is aware of a massive outage today. Although the cause of the problem has been identified, Comcast has not given an estimate on when business and residential customers can expect their phone, video, and internet restored.
Social Media

Facebook gives up on building its own internet drone

After four years of work, Facebook says it's ending efforts to build its own internet drone. Instead, it will collaborate with aerospace firms to build drones with the relevant technology for bringing the internet to remote places.
Social Media

‘China’s Hawaii’ plans to ease internet restrictions for foreign tourists

An island known as "China's Hawaii" plans to ease the nation's internet restrictions to improve the vacation experience for foreign tourists. The island of Hainan plans to create special zones with open access to online services.
Mobile

A country is shutting off its entire internet to stop exam cheats

Determined to stop students cheating in exams, the Algerian government is cutting the internet for several hours around the time the tests are being taken. Last year it blocked access to social media, but it proved ineffective.
Computing

How to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi

Are you worried that slow internet speeds and weird activity mean someone is using your Wi-Fi network without permission? It's important to find out immediately if anyone is stealing your bandwidth. Here's how to tell if someone is stealing…
Computing

Iowa man gets 20-year prison sentence for trying to steal a domain at gunpoint

An Iowa man who used a firearm in an attempt to steal a domain and the failed armed robbery to steal the doitforstate.com domain landed Sherman Hopkins Jr. a 20-year prison sentence.
Computing

Comcast gives the internet a victory, ends throttling — for now

Comcast announced that it is endingits throttling practices for now. The company said with a stronger network, it doesn't need to slow down heavy internet users, but it reserves the right to change its decision in the future.
Computing

Congress has until Monday to save net neutrality and keep the internet open

Senate Democrats are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on a bill that would preserve an open internet. Without Congressional intervention, rules governing net neutrality are set to expire on Monday, June 11.
Computing

Reddit beats out Facebook to become the third-most-popular site on the web

Reddit is now more popular than Facebook. The latest rankings show that Reddit only trails Google and YouTube as the most popular internet destination, with Facebook falling to fourth place and Amazon rounding out the top five.
Emerging Tech

The Internet is sick. Here’s how Mozilla is making it healthy again

Recently, Mozilla brought together thousands of open source activists and engineers for its Global Sprint hackathon event. Their goal? To make the internet a better place. Is that one hack too far?
Mobile

AT&T and Verizon lobbying for increased pricing power over smaller ISPs

Some of the U.S.'s largest communications companies are calling the FCC to end rules that require them to sell their network services to smaller ISPs for a set price, while smaller ISPs warn the move could increase bills.
Web

Russia’s attempt to block Telegram crashes the country’s internet

After prevailing in court against encrypted messaging service Telegram, Russian regulators and security officials found that trying to ban something on the internet is easier said than done.
Mobile

Amazon’s Internet is a new lightweight browser app for emerging markets

Mobile users in developing nations with slower internet connections don't need to download Chrome or go onto Safari -- instead, they can simply get on Internet. The aptly named app is the latest product to emerge from Amazon.
Computing

With FCC approval, all systems are go for Starlink global internet

The possibility of high-speed global internet just took a step towards becoming a reality this week, as the FCC approved the SpaceX plan to establish a "constellation" of thousands of satellites in the next few years.
News

Bali will switch off the island’s internet services for the whole of Saturday

The Indonesian island of Bali is planning to shut down its mobile internet services on Saturday as part of a holiday that encourages self-reflection. It's the first time Bali has made such a move for the sacred Nyepi holiday.