Posts tagged as: Internet

France Passes Tax Targeting US Tech Giants

France has approved a digital services tax despite threats of retaliation by the US, which argues that it unfairly targets American tech giants. The 3% tax will be levied on sales generated in France by multinational firms like Google and Facebook. The French government has argued that such firms headquartered outside the country pay little […]

Cloudflare Outage Affecting Many Major Web Sites In Part Of The US

According to DownDetector, many of the major sites are down or have been today. Wireless carriers have hit harder than other. Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Amazon, Google, Snapchat, Sprint, T-Mobile and Discord are some the tops sited on the list. The outage appears to be due to a problem with networking company Cloudflare. The firm says […]

Grange’s Comments On FCC’s TV White Space Vote

  National Grange President Betsy Huber issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finalized (PDF) the Unlicensed Reconsideration and Database Accuracy proceedings on Wednesday, both of which help remove regulatory uncertainty in the TV white spaces technology market: “There are few challenges facing rural America as great as the rural broadband gap, […]

Researchers Find a Major WiFi Vulnerability

In a report by The Verge,  researchers say they’ve found a serious gap in the WPA2 security protocol that can allow hackers to use key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs) to compromise most WiFi devices. The researchers say the method allows hackers to read encrypted information transiting via WiFi, including passwords, emails, photos, credit card numbers, and more. KRACKs can access […]

NYC Has Sued Verizon Over FiOS Access

New York City is suing Verizon over allegedly failed promises to bring fiber Internet access to every household in the city by mid-2014. Verizon has disputed the claim. Critics have pointed out to the press Verizon is not even abiding by terms of the initial contract with the city, since more than a million homes still […]

FCC Blocks Rules On How Control How ISPs Use Your Data

The FCC today, under new Chairman Ajit Pai, said it will stay the ISP customer privacy rules approved in October and set to go into effect today. “We still believe that jurisdiction over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices should be returned to the FTC, the nation’s expert agency with respect to these important […]

New Law Makes China’s Great Firewall Stronger

Per Bloomberg, Chinese lawmakers have approved what is known as the Cyber Security Law. It goes into effect in June, and gives China far-reaching power to crack down on Web access and invade Internet users’ privacy. According to Human Rights Watch, the legislation’s most objectionable provisions include making it easier to censor content and limit users’ […]

FCC Plans for Privacy Battle with Internet Firms

The FCC is prepared to propose new rules governing the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless. The proposal is meant to help protect the data generated by millions of people who use internet services every day. The FCC wants broadband providers to obtain permission from customers before sharing their data […]

Alphabet’s Project Loon Has Successfully Delivered Video-Capable Speeds

Google’s parent company Alphabet told a TED conference in Vancouver that its Project Loon Internet-delivery balloons had successfully delivered speeds of 15Mbps – fast enough for streaming video. It is preparing for carrier tests in Indonesia and elsewhere this year. Alphabet X head Astro Teller said that the company tried a lot of unsuccessful balloon designs […]

Comcast Enables Gigabit Internet Service in Philadelphia with World First Use of a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

Comcast has started to slowly roll out its gigabit-speed Internet service in the United States, with the first connection live in Philadelphia last week. The connection, which is believed to be the first in the world using a DOCSIS 3.1 modem on a customer-facing network, brings Comcast in line with other similar high-speed services such […]

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