Roger Karraker wrote in his 1991 article, “Highways of the Mind” that, “The battle is about who will build, own, use and pay for the high-speed data highways of the future and whether their content will be censored.” It is still relevant today and well worth a read.
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After receiving a lot of negative media attention towards their new bandwidth caps, TimeWarner has attempted to justify the situation by saying that it’s the customers fault. TimeWarner wants tiered Internet access, but not ala carte cable. What TimeWarner has essentially done is oversell their subscriber lines, then complain when subscribers try to use the bandwidth they were sold. It is as if TimeWarner has five pieces of candy and sells two different customers three pieces of candy each. Then, when each customer wants their three pieces of candy, they blame the customer for being […]
In the infinite wisdom of the company, TimeWarner has decided to roll out 5GB to 40GB caps (up/down combined) on it’s Internet customers. Users that exceed their limits will be charge $1 per GB. One can only assume it is to piss off current customers and keep away potential new customers. This is, without a doubt, one of the dumbest moves they could have made. I’m only going to say this: If you subscribe to MLB.tv for your baseball games. Those baseball games eat up 42-50GB per month. Netflix will take up ~4.5GB per streamed […]
The United States is rapidly falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband technology. We often pay more for less, with broadband providers given monopolies as well as indicating that they can’t afford to upgrade their lines. This leaves the United States lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to competition and speed on the Internet. Now, however, the federal government wants to change this, and they want your input on ways to change broadband penetration, speeds, quality, and competition. Wired’s Epicenter is collecting your comments and will […]