Posts Tagged ‘Verizon’

Verizon Finally Offers Gigabit FiOS Speeds –

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

This is sort of an odd way to roll out a new service. Apparently, new customers are offered a lower price for gigabit service than existing customers.

After years of ignoring the gigabit speeds of other providers, Verizon has finally buckled and begun offering gigabit connections. Users in our Verizon FiOS forum point out that the launch isn’t technically new; Verizon has quietly and simply renamed the company’s 750 Mbps “Instant Internet” tier — launched last January.


The Future of Yahoo’s Web Properties

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The demise of Yahoo has been a long time coming, but it’s still kind of a shock to see a one-time major website like Yahoo at the end of its rope.

If there are not any last minute changes, the last days of the once-mighty Yahoo company have begun. Verizon offered $4.8 billion for the Yahoo brand name, core patents, and the bulk of the company’s Internet properties, and Yahoo accepted the offer last year. The only major properties not included in the deal is the stake in Yahoo Japan, and the stake in Chinese company Alibaba.


FCC’s Baker Wonders Why Neutrality Plan isn’t Public

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This seems to be a troubling trend lately …

The FCC vote on their new neutrality rules is coming December 21, and nobody (other than we assume the wealthiest stakeholders) know what the rules contain, outside of a general understanding that they echo previous, paper thin proposals by Henry Waxman, Verizon and Google — making a point to exclude wireless. Yesterday we noted how there have been unheeded calls for the rules to be leaked. At least one FCC Commissioner agrees, Meredith Attwell Baker urging the FCC to at least unveil the rules for a brief public comment period, something that would make sense given all the FCC’s talk about transparency:


More Closed Door Neutrality Deals Struck – Without Pesky Public Input Into the Process

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Congress needs to get itself in gear and do what we pay them to do, instead of just sitting around and letting corporations write the laws that are supposed to govern their own behavior.

We’ve already seen how the Goorizon deal is little more than an empty shell, solely designed to keep tougher consumer protections away from wireless networks, while leaving plenty of loopholes open for anti-competitive behavior over wired networks. Now a group of companies including Microsoft, the NCTA, Verizon, AT&T and Skype have “reached an agreement” on network neutrality behind closed doors, with no public, government, or objective expert input. As Mike Masnick at Techdirt notes, such a deal is a blend of hubris and pointlessness:


Net neutrality – what does it mean?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

This answers a lot of questions … and raises a lot of worries!

If you think net neutrality sounds boring, think again. While the debate has been bubbling along for years, it is a concept that could mean the end of open, free and equal internet of today that we take for granted.


Verizon and Google Announce Their Net Neutrality Solution – A gutted FCC overseeing weak rules that don’t apply to wireless

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

It’s way past time for the FCC to take charge of this mess … isn’t that what we pay them to do?

Last week was a messy (though entertaining) one on the network neutrality front, with the FCC canceling their largely closed-door meetings with carriers after criticism and reports that Google and Verizon were conducting private neutrality negotiations. While there was a lot of random interpretation of what the Verizon/Google talks mean, we noted on Friday that the goal of the talks were to to pre-empt tougher consumer protections with voluntary measures that likely wouldn’t do much of anything (Verizon’s usual tactic in DC).


Google and Verizon offer give and take over net neutrality

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I’m having a hard time understanding why two private corporations are being allowed to put together the rules for net neutrality … shouldn’t that be the government’s job?

Google and Verizon offer to uphold net neutrality while giving more power to wireless and private network operators

After last week’s excitement – when the New York Times boldly but inaccurately claimed that Google and Verizon were cutting a sweetheart deal over internet traffic – the truth has turned out to be less dramatic but potentially more worrying for US consumers and net users.


Google denies deal with Verizon

Friday, August 6th, 2010

So I guess those stories from a couple of days ago were wrong then?

Search giant says there is no agreement allowing telecoms company Verizon to prioritise the order and speed in which it delivers content to users

Google has dismissed reports that the company is in talks with US telecoms operator Verizon that could bring an end to net neutrality.


Verizon Prescribes the Cloud for Medical Records

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

This sounds like a wonderful idea … as long as they can keep those medical records private!

Verizon Business has created a service to store patient medical records online in a manner accessible to patients, physicians and insurers. The Verizon Health Information Exchange takes a doctor’s records, standardizes the information and can deliver that information to physicians or hospitals around the country via a secure web portal.


Verizon testing next-gen 10Gbps FiOS

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

10 Gigs per second?!?! Where do I sign up?

Today, Verizon announced that it had completed a second round of testing of a next-generation optical networking technology, which should eventually become available to its FiOS customers. The tech, called XG-PON, promises performance of up to 10Gbps downstream and 2.5Gbps back up to the Internet, and it operates over existing fiber. As with most network figures, real world performance was substantially lower, but XG-PON still enabled the receiving PCs to reach speeds of over 900Mbps in a performance test.