Netflix's Hastings makes the case for Net neutrality

Though Netflix agreed last month to pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network, it doesn't appear to like the arrangement.

The video-streaming service's CEO, Reed Hastings, penned a blog post on Thursday making an impassioned plea for support of Net neutrality.

"The Internet is improving lives everywhere -- democratizing access to ideas, services, and goods," Hastings wrote. "To ensure the Internet remains humanity's most important platform for progress, Net neutrality must be defended and strengthened. The essence of Net neutrality is that ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast don't … Read more

No penalty for Comcast if merger with Time Warner Cable fails

Comcast negotiated an easy escape hatch if regulators put too much heat on the $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, according to a regulatory filing Thursday.

According to the S4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Comcast will not owe Time Warner Cable a breakup fee if the deal falls through due to regulatory issues. The filing also indicated that Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, who had only been on the job as CEO for two months before the merger was announced, will receive an $80 million severance package should the deal be completed … Read more

Google Fiber copycat to deliver 1Gbps broadband in Mississippi

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true, Google should be very flattered by the efforts of a regional wireless provider to bring a 1Gbps fiber network to Mississippi.

C Spire is using the Google Fiber business plan that the search giant has employed in building 1 Gpbs fiber networks in Kansas City; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas. C Spire is using the plan as a blueprint for building its own fiber-to-the-home network that the company hopes will eventually blanket Mississippi.

For a state such as Mississippi, an ultra high-speed fiber optic network, could … Read more

Time Warner Cable CEO reiterates confidence in Comcast deal

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus reiterated his confidence in getting regulatory approval for the $45.2 billion deal with Comcast, and he explained that Time Warner Cable shareholders and customers will both benefit from the deal.

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday, Marcus said he expects the deal to close by the end of the year. And he didn't express any worry that regulators would take issue with it.

"I have every confidence that the deal will close," he said. "We wouldn't have signed … Read more

Leading to the gigabit promised land?

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Blair Levin, whose bio is below. CNET invited him to write about the debate behind broadband infrastructure in the United States.

Last summer, Israel announced a plan to deploy a world-leading, gigabit broadband network nationwide. Cisco CEO John Chambers, in announcing his company's investment in the project, predicted Israel will lead the world in the process of "country transformation" that digital technology can deliver.

Huh? The United States invented the lion's share of that technology. Why isn't Chambers talking about the United States? That the CEO … Read more

FCC expands mobile-broadband speed test to include iOS users

With the launch of a new app Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission expanded the scope of its research on US mobile-broadband speeds to include iOS users.

The FCC Speed Test for iOS app, released to Apple's App Store today, is designed to collect information about the performance of participating smartphone users' mobile-broadband services nationwide. The agency's hope is that the data collected will help it generate an accurate comparison of wireless carriers' mobile broadband speeds.

"The iOS release is the latest step in the Commission's efforts to crowdsource mobile-broadband performance data for the mobile Measuring Broadband … Read more

Google works toward 10Gbps Internet connections

Google's need for Internet speed just kicked into a whole new gear.

The Web giant is working on technology to deliver data transfer speeds over the Internet at 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than the connections offered by Google Fiber in Kansas City, a Google executive revealed Wednesday, according to a USA Today report. That's roughly 1,000 times faster than the average US connection speed of 7.2 megabits per second.

The project is part of Google's vision of the next-generation Internet, allowing for more stable connections for data-intensive applications and greater adoption of … Read more

Fast fiber-optic broadband spreads across developed world

Fiber-optic broadband is becoming less of a rarity.

Subscriptions to the high-speed networking service grew 13.9 percent from June 2012 to June 2013, according to newly released statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which monitors economic trends in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and some other developed countries and regions.

That growth means fiber-optic links now are used for 15.8 percent of broadband connections in the OECD area.

Of course, usage varies widely by country. Japan leads with 68.5 percent penetration of fiber-optic links, with South Korea close behind at … Read more

Sprint, Dish to test rollout of new wireless broadband service

Sprint and Dish are teaming up on a project to deliver wireless broadband to areas that may otherwise be out of the loop.

Announced on Tuesday, the joint venture would lead to a rollout of fixed wireless broadband to Corpus Christi, Texas, around the middle of 2014. The service would at first be available only in a limited number of sections around the city. But the plan is to expand to other markets in the future, Sprint said.

To enable the high-speed access in a customer's home, Dish will install an outdoor router or indoor equipment to send the … Read more

Netflix says Netherlands has the fastest broadband

Netflix has crowned the Netherlands as the country with the fastest video-streaming times, the company said in a blog post Monday.

After crunching its November Internet service provider data, Netflix determined that the European country really does have the fastest broadband. A faster connection means better picture quality and less interruptions. The company made the declaration when it launched the service in the Netherlands in September, and it says it now has the data to prove it.

Its November "Netflix ISP Speed Index," a monthly ranking of which service provider powers the best Netflix streaming, included the Netherlands … Read more