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.

Sprint will sell 3G/4G modem

Broadcom chip adds low-power 802.11n to phones

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.

Cisco unwraps new edge router

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.

Comcast rolls out 50 Mb/s residential Internet

Hot on the heels of a new report that suggests the U.S. is hopelessly falling behind in global race for broadband Internet speeds, Comcast announced two new residential options that are so fast that the company decided to name them “wideband”. Generally available connection speeds of 22 Mb/s and 50 Mb/s are a positive sign for the broadband Internet development in the U.S. The catch? 50 Mb/s was available before and it is only marginally cheaper than the service that has been available for some time.

HP not interested in WiMax - for now

If we look at the notebook manufacturers offering WiMax as an option, one important company is missing: The world’s largest computer builder, Hewlett-Packard (HP).  Why? HP believes it is premature to offer WiMax due to limited availability, questions about interoperability, roaming and service quality.  At least at this time HP believes 3G is the better option.

Sprint's 4G Xohm WiMax: How fast is it?

Zyxel debuts WiMax residential Gateway with Sprint's Xohm service

WiMax finally launches in the U.S., sorta

WiMax, often also described as 4G wireless broadband, is out of the gate. It is almost one year late, it is only available in the Baltimore region, it is - as expected – not cheap and the service offering is everything else than clear. The question is: Will consumers bite?

First U.S. WiMax network to launch on October 8

Ending a string of delays, Baltimore will become the first U.S. city with a WiMax network. Intel said it will be hosting a launch event throughout the Bond Street Wharf Park in Baltimore on October 8. 

American ushers in WiFi-friendly skies

Centrino 2 launch to boost shipments of 802.11 devices

WiMax to roll out in September, really

Xohm president Barry West announced that Sprint and the companies that saved the company's WiMax network in May will be offering the high-speed wireless technology in September of this year on a very limited basis. 

Netgear debuts open-source router

Fujitsu launches Mobile WiMax chipsets

Can you replace your landline for $10 per month?

T-Mobile took a stab at an already dying industry and is offering a VoIP replacement for your landline telephone service for a flat fee of $10 per month. The T-Mobile offer has serious implications as it is not only darn close to being free, but it is also marketed as an add-on to your cellphone, which essentially downgrades your landline to being a secondary service. The question really is: Are you ready to ditch your existing traditional landline and are you prepared to deal with the disadvantages of a VoIP service?