October 25th, 2013
The internet is the go-to place for information about just about everything under the sun. Whether you want to know how to build a house or a simple craft with the kids, you can learn to do just about anything. Unfortunately, high speed internet can sometimes come with hidden fees and fine print when you’re trying to find a new company. If you haven’t looked your contract over lately, it may be time to do so. And if it’s time to switch, when you research companies online, you never have to worry about these surprises again. You can use a quality online comparison resource that places all the fine print right in front of you and makes sure you know about hidden charges.
October 11th, 2013
Despite an announcement by Yahoo earlier this year that telecommuting employees would no longer be allowed to work from home, telecommuting remains a popular things to do. Employees from around the world continue to attend work virtually via ISPs in their cities. But although telecommuting is a great thing to do, it may require a certain amount of discipline on the part of the worker.
But is it better to telecommute from home, or is it more effective to be present in the office? As far as Yahoo was concerned, more collaboration was able to take place with employees who were physically present. There are many ways to collaborate online these days via internet service providers in New York New York and other companies, however. Many employees now access the cloud to engage in team activity like collaboration with their fellow employees.
October 4th, 2013
Earlier this year, a Canadian bill that required ISPs to collect customer information was eliminated by the Canadian government. Since then, the NSA scandal has broken in the United States, which has caused a number of companies to simply shut down rather than give their customers’ information to the NSA. The entire NSA debacle has resulted in a number of protests with regard to the importance of personal safety.
Although many ISPs are still volunteering customer information, still others refuse. This includes some Internet Service Providers in Denver Colorado, among other companies. While several cases are still in court, making it hard to tell what will happen next, the privacy of millions doesn’t appear as though it will go unprotected.
September 20th, 2013
The global phone market has been set on its ear. There are enough people around the world using Skype and their connections from ISPs to account for over one-third of all international phone traffic. It was observed by a telecom market analysis firm that the amount of cross-border video and voice traffic from Skype user to Skype user increased by 44% in 2012.
This may prove to be a future worry for international internet providers, who cannot maintain revenues without steady growth. Unfortunately, the rate of growth may be slowing right now. Internet Service Providers in Minneapolis Minnesota, however, continue their upward trends. It’s important to note that Skype is not the only culprit in countries where slow growth is occurring. Apps are also being used to make phone calls, and they include Google Voice, among others.
September 13th, 2013
There have been a number of consumers who have said that their privacy is at the top of the list when they go online to shop. But some say that when we do that, we’re actually volunteering a lot more information than we think without knowing it. Shopping online is a convenient way to get what we want. But not taking the time to think about the information we may be giving out can mean a compromise of our privacy.
Some observers of our online shopping habits say that, when all it takes to get a great online deal is to give seemingly minor information about ourselves away, we gladly give it up. But it appears that it isn’t only consumers shopping online via internet service providers in Chicago Illinois that are increasing their risk of losing privacy. Experts are saying that it’s also the technologists who are contributing by not better understanding human behavior.
September 6th, 2013
The quality and speed of broadband was revealed in an FCC study that detailed not only which of the Seattle ISPs offered the most consistent speeds, but how they went about it. The report, based on data collected in September of last year outlined how certain types of broadband, such as fiber optic, satellite and DSL are doing in the area.
The report also included the higher speed tiers now being offered by ISP Verizon FiOS, specifically the Quantum tiers which boast speeds of 50 and 75 Mbps. It also revealed that these speeds were consistently even at 115% above their advertised speeds. And this was discovered to be the case during periods of peak usage for this one of the more popular internet service providers in Seattle Washington. The report suggests that this consistency was possible as the result of the ISP’s ability to adhere to deployment and engineering rules, as well as the technology they were using. As well, low latency, a natural component of fiber-to-the-home was also cited as a reason for the ability to maintain consistent speeds.
August 30th, 2013
If you’re always waiting for web pages to load, can’t communicate as quickly as you’d like using email or don’t even try to view online video because it’s too choppy, chances are your internet connection isn’t as fast as what your neighbours enjoy. Depending on where you are located, there could be many options that are faster than what you currently have. And faster doesn’t necessarily have to mean more money; a brief analysis of how much data you use monthly and your ISP bill can help you make sure that you don’t pay for speed that you don’t need. You can also go online to several free comparison sites that will reveal to you how fast your speed really is compared to the advertised speeds of your ISP.
July 30th, 2013
Some internet service customers have received their monthly bills, only to discover that they are paying more due to the addition of a landline phone tax. Portland Oregon is the scene of a recent appeal by a popular ISP in that state to reverse the approval of the tax, which was initially generated in order to pay for police reforms. The tax requires two local internet companies to begin earmarking five percent of their gross revenues to the city of Portland from the money earned via the provision of land-line telephone service.
But one company has decided to challenge the ruling. One of the more popular internet service providers in Seattle Washington, Centurylink says that the passing along of the new tax onto customers will result in fewer customers using landline phones, which would ultimately go against the goals of the city of Portland to fund reforms for law enforcement. And this is already true with the fact that many alternatives to landlines already exist, including mobile phones. Just 631,000 customers in the Portland area had a residential landline phone in 2011, a startling decrease from the 1.5 million landline customers reported just eleven years prior.
April 4th, 2013
A recent study by analytics firm Flurry has revealed that most customers of internet service providers in Miami Florida and other providers are spending 18 percent of their time on their smart devices using the Facebook mobile app. This translates to over 28 average daily minutes, ranking second only to games for mobile users.
A blog post by the CEO of Flurry said that the study results point to Facebook being the most adopted browser where time spent by consumers on their mobile devices is concerned. This makes sense, with many people using the social media app to check out content that lives on the internet. And so essentially, the mobile browsing occurs from within Facebook itself. But other mobile apps are certainly not out of the running. In fact, steady growth has been occurring as far as the number of apps launched by consumers on a daily basis.
March 20th, 2013
Although internet service providers in San Diego California and IPTV companies have built their businesses on those subscribers who are easy to acquire, getting to the next level of acquisition appears to involve working harder for customers higher up the line. Those customers are comfortable with their current companies and technology, and are providing more of a challenge to reach.
Some experts are saying that the more simplified the process is to get IPTC, the more consumers will be interested in getting it. But the caveat to that is that too much simplification may mean that everyone, regardless of their tech-savvy, will be able to use IPTV. And this is something that places fear in the hearts of service providers. However, many say that IPTV is the next step in TV evolution, and that in order to compete, now is the time for IPTV to place more effort into getting subscribers.
March 13th, 2013
If you’ve ever wondered whether your connection from internet service providers in Los Angeles California can adequately handle a subscription from Netflix, you need wonder no more. That’s because the movie service provider will now offer a way for would-be subscribers to rate their broadband connection. The service is called the Netflix ISP Speed Index, and complement’s the company’s monthly reports on the top ten best providers for the Netflix service.
What’s measured is the average performance of Netflix streams on various ISP networks. The site will be updated each month with information about ISP performance in countries where Netflix is available. The speed data from eight countries is currently covered by the web site. Coming in at first in both the U.S. and global speeds is Google Fiber.
March 5th, 2013
The copper migration to fiber-optic internet continues, at least with one of the internet service providers in Houston Texas. Verizon announced yesterday that it plans to migrate its FTTH (fiber to the home) product, FiOS, to 300,000 homes in 2013. This exceeds last year’s numbers by 100,000. The reason for the migration is two-fold: to promote the benefits of fiber to customers, and to minimize the costs of maintaining the aging copper infrastructure.
The company is offering customers the same speeds they are currently getting with copper when they are migrated to fiber. Customers can choose higher speeds when they feel they are ready to do so. Speeds can be upgraded to 25 or 50 Mbps, and many customers have already demonstrated their willingness to pay for these higher speeds. Verizon’s FiOs product is slated to bring about seventy percent of the company’s overall revenue, according to analysts.
February 25th, 2013
Two major companies have come together to work on bringing wireless internet to vehicles. AT&T has joined forces with General Motors, and will purportedly be making wireless service available in most GM vehicles, including Cadillac, Buick and GMC in Canada and the United States. The wireless technology that will be used in the service, which will be available in 2014, is AT&T’s 4G LTE. However, it isn’t likely that you will be able to surf with your connection from internet service providers in Dallas Texas any time soon.
The addition of wireless service into vehicles may allow those vehicles to be smarter, as apps could then be created that are specifically for the improvement of a vehicle’s existing features. Some examples could be access to real-time traffic data, vehicle diagnostics and moving maps.
February 21st, 2013
The site fingered as the culprit in the recent hacking attacks on three major companies appears shocked by the accusation. iPhoneDevSDK maintains that it was unaware of its role in the attack until it read reports about it. However, although the company maintains it had no knowledge of the breach, it appears the company is now working with Facebook to try and figure out what happened by sharing information about the breach and attacks.