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All posts tagged "net neutrality"


Monday, January 31, 2011

How Does Your ISP Stack Up?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 AM

http://techblog.netflix.com/2011/01...p-networks.html

"As we continue to stream more and more great movies and TV shows, we find ourselves in the unique position of having insight into the performance of hundreds of millions of long duration, high-definition video streams delivered over the Internet."

Unfortunately my ISP (CenturyLink aka Embarq) doesn't stack up very well, but I do live in a rural area of the state so the fact that I even have broadband at all via DSL is amazing to me. I used to use Hughes Satellite for my broadband service, even though it was horribly slower than what I have now it was still better than dialup. So does anyone else think this might be just a little poke towards the providers in this war of net neutrality? Then again, Comcast is right up at the top so not sure how bad they feel about this being posted, in fact I would think it would give them some bragging rights to get more sales.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Skype Restriction Violating Federal Law?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/139...html?lsrc=mwnws

"Since its release on Tuesday, Skype for iPhone has been downloaded more than a million times-that's a rate of six downloads a second, according to the company. All this despite the fact the software only works via the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection, and not AT&T's 3G network. That restriction has angered some, who have argued that the practice is anti-competitive. Those allegations have been turned up a notch now, as the Wall Street Journal reports that an Internet advocacy group called Free Press has asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether or not the restriction is in violation of federal law."

Freepress, which is an Internet advocacy group, has asked the FCC to investigate Skype for the restriction. The claim is that it is a violation of the FCC's Internet Policy Statement. Freepress posted their letter, in which they ask the FCC to confirm that mobile internet access falls under same guidelines as traditional broadband Internet. The U.S. isn't the only country that has companies that are restricting use of a 3G network. T-Mobile in Germany is restricting VoIP usage to 3G, with an added restriction on the use of some of it's own Wi-fi networks.


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