A glitch prevented Belkin routers from getting onto the internet even though the modems they were connected to were functioning normally. Belkin now says its permanently fixed the problem.
You thought that building out all that physical infrastructure is what has been slowing down Google Fiber’s expansion? Think again: Google Fiber head Milo Medin has called TV rights the “the single biggest impediment” to growing Fiber, according to the Wall Street Journal, which also quotes Medin saying that TV has been “the single biggest piece of our cost structure.” The problem is that Google, in order to win over cable customers, has to offer the same channels as the competition. But as a newcomer, it has to pay up to twice as much for some of the rights. No wonder internet TV ventures like the ones from Sony and Dish are struggling to keep costs under control.
A leaked consultation paper suggests that the Australian government has realised it’s a tad excessive to track which websites people visit. However, the tracking of available bandwidth and upload/download information seems to be on the table.
It’s been a disheartening year for net neutrality and the open internet. While much of the furor has focused on the implications for video-streaming services, Zingaya’s CEO Alexey Aylarov thinks the future may be even more perilous for VoIP.
So who’s to blame for your lousy Netflix streams? Netflix pointed the finger at Verizon, but the telecom giant is not taking the accusation lightly.
Sprint’s new chairman claims merging Sprint and T-Mobile would allow him to challenge wireline ISPs. Today Sprint would charge a committed Netflix user $10,000 a month for broadband service. Son’s got a long way to go.
A new report finally sheds some details on a 6-strike system intended to deter piracy. One of the ways it does that is by slowing down pirates’ internet connections in some cases.
Lawyers who use copyright law to extort porn downloaders may find their days are numbered. An appeals court this week rubbed out an important part of their business model.
Google’s wireless ambitions may be taking a very business-like turn. According to The Information, Google plans to start selling cheap high-performance Wi-Fi gear to small businesses to help it build a giant wireless network.
Mimosa Networks has closed a $20 million Series C round led by previous investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Oak Investment Partners. The company builds Wi-Fi equipment, but not any old wireless router you’d find at home or in a coffee shop. Instead Mimosa is building high-performance gigabit Wi-Fi systems for carriers and ISPs, making it a competitor to Ruckus Wireless(s rkus). The company has now raised $38 million in three rounds.