AT&T Brings Gigabit Internet to Several More US Cities

Google might be scaling back its fiber optic network deployment for now, but that doesn’t mean other telecom companies are curbing their own ambitions of bringing fiber to the home. In fact, Google’s announcement may have provided an added incentive for companies like Verizon and AT&T to aggressively pursue fiber optic deployment in new untapped… Read more »

FCC Adopts New Privacy Regulations for Broadband Providers

For companies like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, user data has become an increasingly valuable tool for creating targeted advertisements that ostensibly offset the cost of internet service for consumers. In practice, however, broadband providers have gained a reputation for being somewhat less than transparent with regard to how, when and why they gather data from… Read more »

Mobile Providers Roll out Data Plans for Internet of Things

Internet access is no longer limited to PCs and smartphones. These days, everything from municipal transit buses to climate control systems to household appliances are being integrated into the Internet as well. This new influx of web-connected infrastructure is known collectively as the Internet of Things (IoT). Today, the IoT is in a similar phase… Read more »

New Technique Makes Terabit Transfer Speeds Seem Plausible

For the last several years, researchers in laboratories all over the world have been testing experimental equipment and innovative techniques that promise outrageous data transfer speeds. In 2011, for example, Japanese researchers managed to squeeze 100 terabits of data per second through a single optical fiber. These breakthroughs always look great on paper, but they… Read more »

AT&T Wants to Deliver Broadband Internet via Power Lines

10 years ago, when high-speed Internet was still in its infancy, a number of tech companies including Google and IBM sought to establish Internet connections through standard electrical outlets rather than coaxial cables. Coax cables were the dominant medium for broadband connections at the time, but their reach was still somewhat limited. By offering Broadband… Read more »

“Twisted” Light Could Dramatically Increase Fiber Bandwidth

Since they were first deployed by telephone companies in the 1970’s, fiber optic cables have become the gold standard for transmitting large quantities of data over long distances. Without fiber optic infrastructure, the Internet could not have become the technological marvel that it is today. Fiber optics may have gotten us this far, but that… Read more »

US Internet Speeds Are Catching up to Global Averages

Despite America’s collective affinity for cat videos and trending celebrity gossip, the United States has historically lagged behind many other countries in the international community in terms of Internet connections speeds. Currently, the U.S. ranks just 20th worldwide for fixed broadband speeds. The country’s mobile rankings are even lower, at 42nd. This is due in… Read more »

Company to Begin Manufacturing Optical Fibers Aboard the ISS

Earlier this year, The International Space Station received a payload from NASA that contained a 3D printer designed specifically for use in microgravity. Space travel buffs enthusiastically hailed the little printer as “the first off-world manufacturing facility.” The printer has the potential to save the space agency hundreds of thousands of dollars by allowing astronauts… Read more »