Chicago (IL) - "The Now Web" is the Internet we all know. It contains many billions of trillions of data packets all constantly moving around. Every time an update comes from MySpace or Facebook, even simple things like the number of friends online and available for chat, that information zips across The Now Web. The data is there only for a short lifetime, and then disappears forever having been received, displayed and discarded just as easily.
The technology to send broadband Internet access via power lines has existed for a few years now, but typically it has not been capable of delivering a high enough bandwidth at a low enough price to gain any commercial footing in a market where the chief competition is the cable and phone companies. Now, with the $7 billion stimulus package recently made available, companies are making intense efforts to deliver high speed Internet access to the smallest corners of the United States through government subsidies from the Rural Development Program and the Department of Agriculture.
Most of us probably don't think about the signals routing from base stations to our mobile devices. However, NEC has developed a new harmonically tuned amplifier which achieves 45% efficiency on otherwise standard components.
With Obama's signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
earlier this week, the new administration appears to be putting its
money where its mouth is. Part of this bill contains $7 billion in funding
reserved for improving the state of broadband access in the United States -- which has too long been neglected and pushes the U.S. far down the list in
terms of global broadband access.
A Lenovo Constant Connect accessory card revealed today will allow Lenovo notebooks to maintain sync to Blackberrys, allowing updated emails through the owner's Blackberry, even when they're in "sleep mode."
Today, Southwest airlines announced they will be expanding their current free in-flight Internet test to four aircraft, which will last "a few months". Passengers will be able log on using their notebook, smart phone or other Wi-Fi enabled device for the duration of the flight free of charge.
Cuba will be receiving a new fibre optics cable run over from Venezuela in 2010. It will greatly increase the country's Internet bandwidth potential; however, it appears now the government is not going to free up that bandwidth but will, instead, keep its tight controls over Internet access in Cuba.
Last year, Time Warner became the first major ISP to charge customers for exceeding a maximum monthly bandwidth allowance. The success of this cap resulted in other ISPs quickly following suit - though at much higher allowances. Time Warner is now looking again to break new ground and expand what their company calls "a trial" to reduce package-included bandwidth allowances for even more users.
The engineers at Google have developed a new way people can find one another using Google Maps. It's a little feature they call Google Latitude and you can install it for free on a variety of platforms.
Google India has recently launched an Internet Bus. It's a mobile bus designed to share the experience of the Internet with individuals throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. This campaign is designed by Google to reach out to individuals who don't have vast exposure or knowledge of the internet and its endless possibilities.
Skype is kicking off what is calls the most distinctive new release of its VoIP software in the company's five-year history. Among other features, Skype 4.0 for Windows offers full-screen video calling.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) announced on Sunday that it plans to spend $24.6 billion over the next five years to increase the nation's Internet broadband infrastructure to support country-wide 1 Gbps Internet access, and wireless services of 10 Mbps, roughly 10x faster than their current highest-end offerings.
Cable subscribers near NJ Transit commuter rail stations are getting special attention from Comcast these days. Sources inside the company reveal they've teamed up with Cablevision's free Wi-Fi service and are testing a trial offering to railway commuters. Regular Comcast customers will be able to access the Wi-Fi hotspots free of charge by using their Comcast username and password.
TG Daily observed instances today of Google's News Service occasionally returning an error persisting for longer than the 30 second interval suggested in the message.
Today, Charter Communications announced that St. Louis will be the first city to receive its 60 Mbps Internet service, which they claim is the fastest available residential service in the United States "from any multiple system cable and telecom provider." While St. Louis will see this High-Speed Internet Ultra60 service, the rest of the service area covered by Charter will soon experience Charter High-Speed Internet Max, which ranges from 16 Mbps to 20 Mbps, as it is rolled out over time. Charter also claims their Internet speed will scale as the Internet grows.
Verizon Communications informed its customers today it will be shutting down its VoiceWing Internet-based phone service on March 31 "to focus on other technologies." The affected customers can keep their phone numbers by switching to other services, however the process may take up to three weeks for the switch.
On February 9, the third largest cable company in the United States, Cox Communications, will implement a new policy of Internet traffic routing which could bring Net Neutrality arguments front and center. Cox will begin showing preference on time sensitive data like websites, streaming videos and online games. Other content like downloads or software updates will be moved to the back of the line during times of congestion, slowing that content.
On Sunday, the FCC sent a letter to Kathryn A. Zachem, VP of Regulatory Affairs at Comcast. The letter advises that the FCC requires clarification of apparent discrepancies between claims made in an official filing versus observed bandwidth throttling practices. Comcast maintains that VoIP is "separate facilities-based" service, but observations indicate Comcast is not treating VoIP as special, but instead is throttling voice calls made over their network.
Trendnet is showing off at CES this week what it calls the world's
smallest wireless N travel router. The company also showed off a 450
Mb/s router, which is expected to become available by the third quarter
of this year.