Groups want U.S. to adopt strong broadband privacy rules

Critics say broadband providers are already harvesting huge amounts of consumer data

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to write sweeping privacy protections for the nation's broadband users.

The groups want providers of broadband internet services including mobile and landline phone, cable and satellite TV firms to be subject to tough privacy regulations.

Among the firms that would be affected are AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and Cablevision Systems Corp.

Critical Upgrade: Preparing Networks for 5G and the Internet of Things

Recent advancements in radio transmission technologies have taken a big step in the right direction

As the Internet of Things ushers in a new era of connectivity, service providers have found themselves in a race to bolster their existing infrastructure in order to meet the growing demands of bandwidth-hungry end users and their connected devices. At the same time however, the mobile nature of IoT-enabled devices means that fiber, which has long been viewed as the foundation of modern high-capacity networks, is often no longer an option for introducing the necessary high bandwidth and lower latency to these networks.

Ultrafast Broadband Gaining Traction at CES 2016

Sckipio Demonstrates 750Mbps Upload Speed Over Twisted Pair

CES 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV- January 05, 2016) - Sckipio Technologies, the leader in G.fast, today announced it's demonstrating over 750Mbps of ultrafast broadband upload speeds on existing twisted pair copper telephone wires -- over 100 times faster than most consumers achieve today.

U.S. says its Internet speeds triple in three-and-a-half years

Cablevision led with average download speeds of 60 Mbps, followed by Verizon and Charter

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Internet connection speeds have tripled over 3-1/2 years to keep up with consumer demands for streaming video and downloading content but the United States still lags many other countries.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report on Wednesday average download connection speeds had increased to nearly 31 megabits per second (Mbps) in September 2014 from about 10 Mbps in March 2011.

Rising Internet speeds have been driven by consumer demands for growing amounts of bandwidth to watch movies, play video games and download data.

Telus shares sunk by rival Shaw's move on Wind

Deal would enable Shaw to bundle Internet, TV and landline with an established wireless product

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Cable company Shaw Communications Inc gutpunched its main telecom rival with a surprise offer to buy wireless operator Wind Mobile, sinking shares in Telus Corp on Thursday amid competition fears.

Telus fell to its lowest since early 2014 as analysts cheered Shaw's move, which if completed, would give Wind more financial heft to expand its network and provides Shaw with an established wireless product to bundle with its Internet, television and landline services.

FCC wants details on AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile data plans

'Net Neutrality' requires broadband providers to treat all data equally, banning 'fast lane'

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it asked major Internet providers to answer questions on policies aimed at offering consumers free data by using preferred services and whether they violate the government’s net neutrality rules.

The FCC unveiled rules earlier this year requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web "fast lane."

U.S. top court rules for DirecTV in arbitration case

Class action law suits in 2008 asserted that company violated state law by imposing cancellation fees

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled for DirecTV Inc, backing the satellite television provider's efforts to enforce arbitration agreements signed by its customers in California.

Consumer advocates have criticized the increased use of such arbitration agreements that they contend deny customers the opportunity to vindicate their rights in court.

New York attorney general solicits help from the public in broadband probe

Part of ongoing probe into whether providers may be short-changing customers with slower-than-advertised speeds

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman invited the public on Sunday to test the speed of their Internet and submit the results online as part of an ongoing probe into whether large providers may be short-changing customers with slower-than-advertised speeds.

The office launched an investigation into Verizon Communications Inc, Cablevision Systems Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc in October over the issue.

Verizon weighing $10 billion sale of enterprise assets

According to sources, sale would include the former MCI and data center unit Terremark

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc is exploring a sale of its enterprise assets which could be worth as much as $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, as the largest U.S. wireless carrier seeks to focus on its core business.

The sale would include the business formerly known as MCI, which provides landline and Internet services for large business customers, as well as Terremark, its data center unit, the people said this week.

Altice's customer woes in Europe stoke concern ahead of its U.S. foray

Cost cuts planned in U.S. where it would be the No. 4 cable operator if Cablevision and Suddenlink deals approved

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cable and communications company Altice NV is battling subscriber losses and investor impatience on its home turf in Europe, raising concerns it could have a lot on its plate as it gears up to acquire Cablevision Systems Corp and Suddenlink Communications Inc in the United States.

On Wednesday, Altice reported worse-than-expected third-quarter results, sending shares down 10 percent. Executives said they have raised spending on marketing to acquire customers and will continue at that level in coming quarters.

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