Comcast begins offering higher speed Internet

Starting today, residents in the San Jose-Silicon Valley area, portions of the East Bay, and the Monterrey-Salinas area near San Francisco will be able to access wideband 50 Mbps Internet services. Businesses in the same areas will have access beginning on March 10.

Networked, talking cars could be on our streets by 2012

Cars Cars could potentially be equipped with Dedicated Short Range Communications technology, which alerts drivers to potential intersection crashes, rear-end collisions, and lane drift, as early as 2012.  The technology would also be capable of enabling traffic flow management and optimized route selection for drivers. Talking cars may soon be getting us all home a little quicker during rush hour.

Search engines: Diving into the "Deep Web"

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.

IBM delivers rural broadband over power lines

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.

NEC's 45% efficient amplifier for 3G, LTE and WiMAX base units

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.

Obama okays $7 billion to improve broadband: Is it enough?

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.

Lenovo notebooks sync with Blackberrys in sleep mode

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."

Southwest Airlines expands free in-flight Internet testing

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: New fibre optics, but government limits bandwidth

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.

Time Warner expanding Internet caps and trials

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.

Google Latitude lets you track movements of others

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's Internet Bus: Reaching out to India's poor

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 4.0 updates VoIP and video call features

 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.

Gigabit broadband coming to Korea by 2012

 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.

60 Mbps residential Internet service from Charter Communications

 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.

FCC still investigating Comcast over VoIP and bandwidth throttling policies

 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 adds smallest wireless router, demos 450 Mb/s router

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.

AT&T expands bandwidth cap test to Beaumont

AT& is expanding its bandwidth throttling experiment with Beaumont, Texas being the second test market after Reno, Nevada. Time Warner Cable was the first to set caps in the region to a data transfer volume of up to 40 GB per month and other major ISPs are running similar tests across the country. The ISPs generally claim that the purpose of these "experiments" is to protect average subscribers from a minority that consumes most of the available bandwidth. At least that is the official explanation.

IBM to deliver broadband to rural America - over power lines

Providing broadband Internet to rural America never has made economic sense to telecommunications and cable providers, but it seems that there soon might be a fast Internet solution for those underserved areas. IBM is working with electric cooperatives across the eastern U.S. to deliver broadband over power lines to rural America. The implications are significant and could bridge a growing digital divide between rural and metropolitan America.

Sprint-Clearwire WiMax deal expected to be approved this week

The FCC will be voting on several big issues on November 4, including the Verizon Wireless-Alltel merger, Universal Service Fees, rural interconnection fees, wireless operations in TV white space as well as the Sprint-Clearwire deal, which will remove a major hurdle in getting WiMax off the ground.