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 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 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.
August 23rd, 2013
The internet is vital to interacting with our global community. And ISPs are necessary if we want to get connected to this tool. This way, we can enjoy all of the advantages that the online world can offer. According to at least one study regarding internet usage, w use it to do everything, including engaging in searching for information and communicating via email and social networking. We also use the internet to get the latest news, do all sorts of business, and even get higher education. We do our banking and bill paying online as well as our shopping via Internet service providers. The internet is responsible for making this a smaller world than it ever was before.
April 17th, 2013
Australian research has uncovered an unexpected source of future drains on our energy grid: wireless internet service providers. According to the research, the mobile cloud uses much more power than physical data centers. It was predicted that in just two years from now, data center energy consumption will be next to nothing compared to the consumption that will be occurring via wireless networks.
The issue, according to experts is that the cloud has become an ever-popular method of data access and storage, which means that a high number of users are accessing the cloud. This can occur via many methods, including webmail and social media, and is happening mainly via portable devices. The solution to this massive consumption of energy, they say, lies in identifying the issues with wireless technology.
April 10th, 2013
Cameras installed on city streets, in Laundromats, and everywhere else we can think of. We’ve all read or heard at least one story of this already happening, or in the works. But what happens when police officers are wired for sound and video and watched by their headquarters? Well, the initial reaction in some detachments wasn’t pretty. Many officers questioned why they should be watched by ‘big brother’.
These days, the cameras aren’t cumbersome; many can be attached, unseen, to collars, caps and sunglasses. And the battery packs that power them can last for hours. Any recorded video gets uploaded to a central server. But what are the benefits? This is what’s currently being investigated. The experiment, running since February of 2012 will end in July of this year, but the results received are already quite interesting. There has so far been a decline in complaints filed against officers of almost ninety percent.
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.
March 1st, 2013
Kim Dotcom, founder of the embattled Megaupload site, experienced a setback today as a ruling came down from a New Zealand court. The court ruled that not all evidence against Dotcom need be handed over by the United States. Dotcom, who has been accused by the FBI of earning millions from illegally-uploaded and distributed content, saw a ruling overturned that would have seen all FBI evidence being made available to him.
Dotcom maintains that Megaupload did not engage in illegal file sharing, and merely provided a space where data could be stored online. Therefore, Dotcom feels that he should not be held responsible for the content that was stored at his site. The cause has been fraught with inconsistencies, from alleged illegal search warrants to illegal spying on the founder.
September 3rd, 2011
More and more people are looking to online sources for breaking news stories. It is little wonder that this is true. One parent recently called his son to come and watch the TV because there was an important breaking news story of national concern. The son replied that he already knew what it was — Osama bin Laden had been located and killed. He had already seen videos on You Tube! It is true that online news is available instantaneously! No wonder most major newspapers have established an online presence. As users, it is simple to categorize the news we are interested in by simply bookmarking the sites we rely on for information. These sites may also reflect our personal interests — such as news, politics, business, entertainment, or sports sites.