G.fast standard makes copper all fiber optical-y

The ITU has standardised G.fast, a broadband technology capable of achieving download speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper telephone wire.

Solving the internet capacity crunch

With optical fibre networks gradually approaching their theoretical capacity limits, new types of fibres such as multicore fibres have been at the focus of worldwide research to overcome critical capacity barriers, which threaten the evolution of the Internet.

Tim Berners-Lee, father of the Internet, sires the Alliance for Affordable Internet

The A4AI is a global coalition committed to driving down the cost of internet access in less developed countries to below 5% of monthly income worldwide.

Time Warner exec says you don't want gigabit internet

Time Warner Cable chief technology officer Irene Esteves has claimed that ordinary consumers don't want super-fast internet speeds.

FCC moves to cut Wifi congestion

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to boost the amount of available Wifi spectrum by more than a third, in an attempt to cut congestion and increase speeds.

The internet has a Kevin Bacon number: 19

The internet is less sprawling than you might think: through its own 'Kevin Bacon effect', it seems every page is connected to every other by no more than 19 clicks.

Cuba finally switches on undersea cable

Cuba appears to have turned on the first submarine cable to connect it to the internet, nearly two years after it was completed.

FCC calls for gigabit broadband in every US state

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is calling for all 50 states to create at least one 'gigabit community' by 2015.

FCC slams Verizon over loss of 911 during storm

The FCC is attempting to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of the US' 911 networks, after concluding that Verizon was responsible for the service outages last summer triggered by a major storm.

Huawei linked to Iran tech sales

China's Huawei - the world's second largest telecoms firm, but certainly not its most trusted - has been accused of involvement in a plan to sell equipment to Iran.

Netflix publishes ISP speed rankings - Google Fiber wins

  Google Fiber is the fastest ISP when it comes to video streaming, says Netflix, which is promising monthly reports on ISP performance.

Internet governance under the spotlight

The battle lines are being drawn over proposals by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which would give national governments more control over the internet.

Syria shutters internet as conflict intensifies

The internet is down in Syria, and mobile phone service has been disrupted,  as rebels continue to clash with government forces.

Quantum cryptography demonstrated over existing fiber lines

Unbreakable quantum cryptography could become a mainstream reality, following the discovery that it's possible to use it over today's fiber networks.

Fiber speeds boosted '2,000 times'

Scientists at Bangor University in Wales say they've come up with a way to boost the performance of optical networks to reach speeds of up to 20Gbps.

Earthlink to offer in-home 4G LTE plans

Earthlink is set to begin offering mobile broadband service for people to use in their homes.

ISPs now more truthful about broadband speeds

ISPs are delivering broadband speeds closer to those they advertise, and in many cases are even exceeding their claims, says the FCC.

Internet traffic to quadruple in next four years

The web is getting busier and busier, says Cisco, with the amount of traffic in 2016 set to hit 1.3 zettabytes – that's a trillion gigabytes to you and me.

IP network based on xylophones

A University of California Berkeley researcher has created an IP network that runs between a pair of xylophones.

WiFi coming to NYC subway

WiFi connectivity may soon be rolled out to the one place in modern America that is still in the dark.