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FCC Wants 100Mbps Usenet Access For All
February 16th, 2010

The FCC shared some details of their national broadband plan which will be presented to the US Congress in less than a month. Newsgroups report that they have already agreed to a draft of an updated set of “net neutrality” rules after the fierce objections of telecom providers who say they need flexibility to manage and invest in their networks as well as other propositions.

The national broadband plan would set “ambitious but achievable goals,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told an audience at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners conference.

The issue has come to the fore as cases emerged of broadband providers choking off bandwidth for surfers using data-intensive resources such as USENET and mobile phone carriers erecting barriers to competing online calling services. The biggest broadband providers are Comcast Corp, Time Warner Inc., AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

“Despite significant private investment and some strong strides over the last decade, America’s broadband ecosystem is not nearly as robust as it needs to be,” he said. “Broadband creates jobs and economic growth on the networks, in companies that start or expand on the Internet.”

In his preview of the upcoming national broadband plan, Genachowski cited a program that has a goal of providing 100 million Americans with 100 megabit access. ” Our plan will set goals for the U.S. to have the world’s largest market of very high-speed broadband users. A “100 Squared” initiative — 100 million households at 100 megabits per second — to unleash American ingenuity and ensure that businesses, large and small, are created here, move here, and stay here.

The FCC’s “100 Squared Initiative” would bring Internet data transmission speeds of 100 megabits per second to 100 million homes by 2020, a significantly higher speed than what many homes get now. Google Inc. announced plans earlier this week to begin building and testing ultra-fast fiber networks, in an effort to spark additional innovation and competition in this arena. Genachowski praised Google’s latest Web foray, noting in his speech that its high-speed lines would drive growth. He later called on other Internet service providers to follow suit.

“We need others to drive competition to invent the future,” he said. Genachowski did not provide details on the time lime of the initiative or how the FCC would encourage private sector providers to reach the minimum speeds.

Other goals in the FCC’s plan will include increasing Internet connections in classrooms and rural medical clinics, lowering the cost to build connections through “smart use” of government rights-of-way, and freeing “a significant amount” of airwaves for use by wireless Internet devices.

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LTE Technology Brings Faster Wireless Broadband Speeds
January 28th, 2010

The Long Term Evolution wireless broadband technology which initially boasted speeds of 20-80Mbps is expanding to new markets.

The technology which benefits mostly mobile devices has been reported be different newsgroups of having mixed end results in speeds depending on the area and ISP that is used. That won’t stop the LTE tech to go live in places like Sweden, Europe and The United States throughout 2010. The 3GPP technology is a project.

What is LTE?

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the project name of a new high performance air interface for cellular mobile communication systems. It is the last step toward the 4th generation (4G) of radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. Where the current generation of mobile telecommunication networks are collectively known as 3G (for “third generation”), LTE is marketed as 4G.

The broadband technology is expected to debut in the United States later this year by Verizon. Verizon looks to introduce the new wireless broadband technology to over 25 different markets. Unfortunately, speeds won’t be as fast as those in Sweden. Verizon has already stated that the stream will hover around 5 to 12Mbps at peak performances. Markets with the most congestion will only be able to max 3 to 8Mbps instead.

With the rise of mobile computing going on, timing couldn’t have been better. With increased wireless speeds, subscribing to newsgroups on the go will be faster and easier than ever.

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New Finland Law: Broadband Access To Everyone
October 14th, 2009

According to broadband newsgroups, the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Helsinki has pushed through a law that will force telecommunications providers to offer high speed internet connections to all of the country’s 5.5 million citizens.

Starting July 2010, Finland’s residents will have the right to broadband access. The Ministry will extend the legal right to 100Mb broadband connection for each person by 2015.

Finland is already one of the world’s most connected countries, with 96% of citizens online – but the communications minister, Suvi Linden, said that the mandate was necessary in order to improve the availability of internet in Finland’s remote rural areas. A portion of the nations high tax will go to fund the initiative.

The move could pave the way for other countries to start looking at broadband as its citizens’ inalienable legal right, akin to freedom of speech and freedom of movement. That makes a lot of sense: Most of us can no longer perform our work duties, do homework or communicate with friends without having access to the online world, especially with USENET newsgroups. People need online access to live normal lives, as Finland is the first nation to acknowledge.

France, one of a few countries that has made Internet access a human right, did so earlier this year. France’s Constitutional Council ruled that Internet access is a basic human right. That said, it stopped short of making “broadband access” a legal right. Finland is the first country to make broadband access a legal right.

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