Users in our Hughesnet satellite broadband forum debate and discuss the potential of low-Earth orbit satellite broadband, a technology numerous companies like OneWeb are exploring to provide faster, lower-latency satellite connectivity and a little more competition for the traditionally uncompetitive (and by proxy slower, capped and expensive) satellite broadband sector.
On the heels of the company's expansion into parts of DC and Los Angeles, wireless broadband provider Starry says the company should soon offer its 200 Mbps, uncapped $50 wireless broadband offering to parts of 18 cities this year. A company press release (pdf) indicates that the company will expand into parts of fourteen additional markets this year, including New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami and Minneapolis.
Starry says it's using pre-standard 5G, point-to-multipoint fixed wireless technology to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to the home at speeds of 200 Mbps for $50 per month, without caps.
It is press release, Starry CEO Chet Kanojia (who you might recall from his efforts with Aereo) promises that the company will be careful to operate a neutral network in the wake of the FCC's recent repeal of net neutrality rules.
"We take the privilege of being in your home and being your family’s ISP very seriously," states the CEO.
Hulu this week confirmed that the company ended 2017 with more than 17 million subscribers in the United States. According to a company statement, that's over 5 million more subscribers and a more than 40% jump from the company’s last subscriber tally revealed in 2016.
Last month, users in our Verizon FiOS TV forum noticed that Bloomberg TV had been pulled from the Verizon TV lineup. Reuters now notes that Verizon pulled the channel from the lineup because Bloomberg TV was demanding a carriage fee for the first time ever.
• Comcast boosts residential Internet speeds in California [convergedigest.com]
• Hulu says it's surpassed 17M subscribers in 2017, a 40% increase YoY [theverge.com]
• Starry, Marvell Join Forces on 5G Fixed Wireless, Hope to Empower Other ISPs [telecompetitor.com]
• Rural Broadband: Help or Hoax? [lightreading.com]
• Apple questioned by US Senate over practice of slowing down iPhones [theguardian.com]
• Yahoo to stream NFL play-offs [rapidtvnews.com]
• Verizon: Fixed 5G is just ‘one slice’ of overall network evolution [fiercewireless.com]• Cox: Gig service now across 40% of its footprint [convergedigest.com]
President Trump this week revealed a new executive order he claimed would dramatically improve rural broadband, but doesn't appear to actually do much of anything new. Trump unveiled the effort at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, promising the administration was taking giant steps toward bringing neglected rural communities into the modern era.
An AT&T plan to sell Huawei phones in the US market has been killed due to political pressure on the company, the Wall Street Journal claims. Huawei had been expected to announce the partnership Tuesday at CES, which would have been the first major tie up between the company and an American cellular provider.
An uphill effort in Congress to reverse the FCC's repeal of net neutrality has the needed votes in to move forward, but still faces a steep uphill climb toward success. Senator Ed Markey recently proposed a resolution to reverse the FCC's net neutrality repeal using the Congressional Review Act, which lets Congress overturn a regulatory agency's decision with a majority vote within 60 days of the regulatory action.
Just a friendly reminder that nearly a dozen major ISPs now offer private, one-on-one support right here in the astrabalservice.ru forums. Stop by our Direct support forums if you're tired of waiting on hold, or dealing with automated support chat bots that don't quite get the job done.
A Judge in Nashville has backed AT&T and Comcast's attempts to kill utility pole reform efforts in the market spearheaded by Google fiber. Last year, AT&T, Comcast and Charter all filed multiple nuisance lawsuits against the cities of Louisville and Nashville, after they passed rules making it easier for competitors to access utility poles.
Nebraska will be joining a growing number of states that say they'll be passing their own net neutrality laws in the wake of the FCC's repeal. Senarir Adam Morfeld of Lincoln has introduced the "Internet Neutrality Act" (LB856), which he states would restore the rules at the state level, and would prohibit broadband providers from "limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications, or content." The bill joins similar measures now being proposed in New York, California, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.
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