War for the Web

October 2011

28 10.11

Wireless Spectrum

The CEO of Verizon Communications wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times recently about the looming bandwidth crisis. The point he makes is a good one. Wireless usage is on the rise. It is expected to multiply 60 times by 2015, which is only three years away. Read more
 
27 10.11

Underground fires and the Internet

In early October, there was an underground fire that knocked out Time Warner Internet services in much of the East Village here in New York City. The cause of the outtage was an underground fire beneath a manhole on a city street. Read more
 
25 10.11

Undersea Fiber Optic Cable, the backbone of the Internet

The Undersea Internet The Internet is actually quite literally a series of wires and tubes. This video outlines how those wires get hooked up to connect the Internet on various continents. Read more
 
24 10.11

Gigabit fiber for $70 per month you say? Where is this fiber you speak of…

An ISP in Silicon Valley is offering gigabit Internet connections for 69.99/month. This is in stark and utter contrast to the major ISPs. Read more
 
19 10.11

Where the Internet Began

 
14 10.11

PRIVACY!

Internet privacy is a big issue. Some would even say it is THE big issue. After all, if ISPs are not allowed to look at the content you are accessing via their wires, then they can't really slow you down based on what you are looking at. But privacy goes beyond that. On the Internet, literally everything you do can be tracked. Even if you are careful about your privacy, there are lots of perfectly legal ways for companies to track what you are doing, where you spend money, what sites you look at, etc. Read more
 
10 10.11

Rethinking Telecomm Regulations

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has been busy in recent weeks. The FCC is putting together a proposal to restructure subsidies for Telephone companies to reorient them towards providing broadband services. Read more
 
04 10.11

Telcos across the world unite…… in opposition to regulation.

Two things. First, Verizon has filed suit against the FCC, claiming that the FCC has no right to regulate the Internet based on the 2005 rule change that reclassified all telcos as "Information Services." As Ars Technica notes, this is the second time that Verizon has sued the FCC in the last several months. The first time the case was dismissed because the rules that Verizon is suing over had not been published yet. Ars Technica has the details. Read more