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New Harvard Study Recognizes Community-Owned Internet Service Providers as Value Leaders in America

New Harvard Study Recognizes Community-Owned Internet Service Providers as Value Leaders in America Jan 11, 2018 5:52 PM PST Comments: 0 Views: 2,150

Community-owned fiber networks provide least-expensive local "broadband," according to a recent study by Harvard's Berkman Klein Center. From the report, David Talbot, Kira Hessekiel, and Danielle Kehl write: "We examined prices advertised by a subset of community-owned networks that use fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. In late 2015 and 2016 we collected advertised prices for residential data plans offered by 40 community-owned (typically municipally-owned) FTTH networks. We then identified the least-expensive service that meets the federal definition of broadband (regardless of the exact speeds provided) and compared advertised prices to those of private competitors in the same markets. We were able to make comparisons in 27 communities and found that in 23 cases, the community-owned FTTH providers' pricing was lower when the service costs and fees were averaged over four years. (Using a three year-average changed this fraction to 22 out of 27.) In the other 13 communities, comparisons were not possible, either because the private providers' website terms of service deterred or prohibited data collection or because no competitor offered service that qualified as broadband. We also found that almost all community-owned FTTH networks offered prices that were clear and unchanging, whereas private ISPs typically charged initial low promotional or "teaser" rates that later sharply rose, usually after 12 months."

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Vinton Cerf, Co-designer of the TCP/IP Protocols & the Architecture of the Internet California Introduces Its Own Net Neutrality Bill; Similar Bills in Progress for WA and New York

Sen. Scott Wiener along with ten state assembly and Senate Democrats have proposed legislation which includes a number of ways to ensure telecom companies operating in California adhere to the principles of net neutrality. more

Jan 07, 2018 2:44 PM PST Views: 2,420 ISPs in UK Legally Obliged to Provide High-Speed Broadband Upon Request, Starting 2020

UK Government says internet providers will be legally required to meet user requests for speeds of at least 10Mbps starting in 2020. more

Dec 21, 2017 3:20 PM PST Views: 6,326 FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules in a 3-to-2 Vote

The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. more

Dec 14, 2017 10:52 AM PST Views: 6,291 EFF to FCC: 'Restoring Internet Freedom' Plan Riddled With Technical Errors and Factual Inaccuracies

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published a post today pointing out that the FCC continues to ignore the technical parts of a letter sent to it earlier this year by nearly 200 Internet engineers and computer scientists. more

Dec 07, 2017 1:53 PM PST Views: 6,571 Puerto Rico Disaster Stands Alone: A Look at Prolonged and Widespread Impact on Its Internet Access

Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at Dyn, has a report published today examining the state of Puerto Rico's recovery of its internet access. more

Dec 07, 2017 12:31 PM PST Views: 5,933 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Says FCC's Roll Back Plan on Net Neutrality Makes No Sense

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday told reporters that President Donald Trump's plan to roll back net neutrality protections for the internet "does not make sense". more

Nov 23, 2017 11:56 AM PST Views: 5,699 FCC Plans to Order States Not to Impose Laws Regulating Broadband Service, Senior Officials Revealed

In a phone briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Senior FCC officials revealed plans whereby state and local governments will not be able to impose local laws regulating broadband service.

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Nov 22, 2017 12:56 PM PST Views: 5,725 FCC Chair Releases Draft to Abandon Net Neutrality, Says Gov't Must Stop Micromanaging the Internet

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today released a statement on his draft "Restoring Internet Freedom Order", circulated to Commissioners this morning and will be voted on at the FCC's Open Meeting on December 14 more

Nov 21, 2017 9:35 AM PST Views: 5,418 Berners-Lee Talks Net Neutrality in Washington, "ISPs Should be Treated More Like Utilities"

Tim Berners-Lee is in Washington urging lawmakers to reconsider the rollback of net neutrality laws. more

Nov 17, 2017 12:34 PM PST Views: 5,881 Internet Goes Down for Parts of the US Due to a Misconfiguration

Monday saw a nationwide series of outages due to a misconfiguration at Level 3, an internet backbone company. more

Nov 06, 2017 8:58 PM PST Views: 4,269 FCC Approves Google's Project Loon Balloons for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

The FCC has granted Alphabet's Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the purpose of helping the islands regain Internet connectivity. more

Oct 09, 2017 10:28 AM PST Views: 4,284 Russia Appears to Have Begun Providing an Internet Connection to North Korea

Network experts monitoring North Korea have detected activation of a new internet path out of North Korea. Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at Dyn, along with North Korea expert Martyn Williams, report that at 09:07:51 UTC on 1 October 2017, the country's single internet provider, Star JV (AS131269), gained a new connection to the global internet through Russian fixed-line provider Transtelecom (AS20485), often referred to as TTK. more

Oct 03, 2017 2:07 PM PST Views: 6,666 The Impacts of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria on the Internet

The devastation caused by several storms during the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has destroyed neighborhoods and taken lives across a number of Caribbean island nations including Texas and Florida in the United States. Senior Director of Internet Research & Analysis at Oracle Dyn Global Business Unit has posted a blog that takes a look at the impacts. more

Sep 26, 2017 10:17 AM PST Views: 4,729 China Carries Out Drill with ISPs to Practice Taking Down Websites Deemed Harmful

China carried out a drill on Thursday to practice shutting down websites that are deemed harmful amidst country's preparation for a sensitive political reshuffling set to take place later this year. more

Aug 04, 2017 10:40 AM PST Views: 5,967 Verizon, AT&T Speeds Slow After Unlimited Data Plans Launch

Verizon and AT&T re-introduced their unlimited data plans earlier this year, and as a result, studies show that the providers' 4G speeds and overall speeds have fallen due to increased data demand on their networks. more

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