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How To Build A Better Internet

Living in the US as I do, I pay Time Warner Cable every month for broadband that works 70 percent of the time. Just for fun, I recently upgraded to the company’s best, fastest service — 300 Mbps — and guess what. After weeks of speed tests, I can confidently say that I don’t get those speeds. Ever.

The ACCC Is Keeping An Eye On Your Crappy ISP

Have you ever had to rely on hearsay and obscure internet forums when deciding what ISP is going to offer the best quality service? Australia’s biggest companies currently sell their plans competitively based on price, but until now there has been no way to measure the comparative quality each company can offer.

ACCC: TPG's iiNet Takeover Didn't 'Substantially' Muck Things Up For Broadband In Australia

TPG’s recent takeover of iiNet has left a few people out of a job and more people just annoyed. While the transition hasn’t exactly been smooth, you’ll be pleased to know that Australia’s competition watchdog thought it went OK. But it won’t be happening again.

Verizon's Just The Latest Big Evil Media Conglomerate Waiting To Happen

Verizon’s $US4.4 billion bid for AOL isn’t just another whimsical moment in web investment weirdness. It’s serious. The deal creates a huge media-communications giant, just like huge evil media conglomerates before it — and, if you consider the facts, it’s possibly worse.

Pro/Con: Why Google's Fi Could Be Awesome And Terrible

Today, Google announced its very own wireless network in the US. Just $US20 a month for unlimited call and texts, plus $US10 per gigabyte of data. No contracts or termination fees. Google will even refund your unused megabytes. Sounds awesome. So what’s the catch already?

5 Sad Facts About America's Ridiculously Slow Internet

Anyone who’s ever stared glass-eyed at a Netflix video that won’t load or stuttered through a glitchy Skype call knows that the United States leaves its citizens starving for bandwidth. But the latest data in Akamai’s annual “State of the Internet” report presents some pretty depressing statistics about American’s slow, shitty internet.

Australia's Internet And Mobile Plans Are Slowly Getting Cheaper

Good news for all Aussies — our internet and mobile phone lines are getting cheaper, all around the country. Not overnight, and not by a huge amount, but it’s happening.

FCC Passes Strongest Net Neutrality Rules In America's History

The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country’s history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war’s not yet over.

Did The Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It’s a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let’s be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy.

It's Finally Game Time For Net Neutrality

On Thursday, the US government is expected to propose new net neutrality rules that would treat the internet more like a public utility. According to several reports, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is great news — if true.

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