The companies will also have to make "direct financial commitments" to both improve their networks and offer compensation for some customers. These include a $25 million investment on Frontier's part to boost its upstate capacity, while Altice will pay $5 million to subscribers who didn't get equipment capable of fulfilling expected speeds. All of the providers will have to ensure they provide modems and routers that can handle advertised speeds, including free replacements.This is just a New York agreement focused on major providers, and there are still areas where you might not get everything you'd like. Just because you can stream Netflix doesn't mean you're getting every last megabit, for instance. Nonetheless, it might benefit residents if the state is diligent in enforcing the terms. It's no secret that ISPs tend to oversell their performance while skimping on capacity and foisting outdated gear on subscribers -- this could raise the baseline quality of service for millions … [Read more...] about New York sets tougher standards for marketing internet speeds
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Latin America Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Cuba's telecom monopoly is rolling out broad Internet access for mobile phone users this week. Here, a woman uses her smartphone to surf the Internet in Havana. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption toggle caption Desmond Boylan/AP Cuba's telecom monopoly is rolling out broad Internet access for mobile phone users this week. Here, a woman uses her smartphone to surf the Internet in Havana. Desmond Boylan/AP Cuba's state telephone company will allow mobile phone customers to use the Internet via a new 3G network, starting on Thursday. But as with previous tech advances in the island nation, only those who can afford it will be able to take advantage of the access — which remains under the control of the autocratic government. Phones have emerged as a key method of accessing the Internet in Cuba. After all, it was only 10 years ago that the Castro government lifted its ban that prohibited … [Read more...] about Cuba Extends Internet To Mobile Phones, Promising New Access
Facebook is adding another subsea cable system to its roster — the social network giant is partnering with telecom infrastructure operator GlobeNet to build a new link between Brazil and Argentina. GlobeNet, which offers a range of infrastructure services across the Americas underpinned by more than 23,500 kilometers (14,200 miles) of submarine cabling, first announced its latest project back in May, however Facebook’s involvement was not known at the time. The 2,500 km (1,553 miles) cable, which will be known as “Malbec,” will connect Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires with São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, with an additional branch reaching the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. The cable will be co-owned by GlobeNet and Facebook. On the surface, Malbec is designed to better connect Brazil with Argentina, however within the context of GlobeNet’s broader subsea cable infrastructure, it will in fact serve to improve connectivity … [Read more...] about Facebook is building a 1,553-mile subsea cable to boost internet speeds in Argentina
Comcast customers will see a boost in internet speeds, but there's a catch: they'll have to pay for both internet and TV service, the Houston Chronicle reports. Comcast announced last week that it would be increasing the speeds of its Xfinity Internet service packages for millions of customers in Houston and the Oregon and southwest Washington areas. It said their download speeds would increase by 30 to 40 percent.But only customers who bundle internet with cable TV and other services, and who have the company's latest X1 hardware, will have access to free speed increases. Eligible customers will see some significant changes, though. Those with 60Mbps Internet download speeds will now experience 150Mbps, customers who currently have 150Mbps will have 250Mbps, and 250Mbps subscribers are being upgraded to either 400Mbps or 1Gbps, depending on the package.Comcast boosted speeds for certain customers in January, but that wasn't restricted to people who bundle internet with cable … [Read more...] about Comcast is boosting internet speeds, but not for cord-cutters
Italy's internet turned thrirty on Friday. Photo:Scott Beale/Flickr On April 29th 1986, Italy became the fourth European country to connect to the internet. Thirty years on, it has the slowest speeds in the EU. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was just 11 years old when boffins at Pisa University sent a stream of data - travelling at mere bits per second - to Roaring Creek, Pennsylvania. With it, they ushered in a new era: Italy had connected to the internet for the first time. Averaging a measly 8.73 Mbps, Italy's internet speeds are the second lowest in the EU. When it comes to the coverage of ultra-fast broadband - access to speeds of more than 100 Mbps - things are even worse. In the ultra-fast standings, Italy is dead last in Europe, with just one fifth of all its households capable of navigating at speeds which the rest of Europe takes for granted. Not only are sluggish speeds a bugbear for citizens, who increasingly consume digital media online, critics also … [Read more...] about Italy’s internet is 30 years old. But is it finally speeding up?