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Mobile Network Performance in the US

Location:
RootMetrics, 2606 116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004, United States
Recommendation:
3

The first half of 2016 marked another period of large-scale change to the US mobile landscape for both carriers and consumers alike.

Comcast’s $70 gigabit deal is shockingly difficult to sign up for

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

When Comcast brought its gigabit download cable service to Chicago (IL) recently, there was plenty of confusion about the price. Comcast initially said it would cost $140 a month, even though a $70 monthly price is available in other cities where Comcast has to compete against Google Fiber.

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

An Federal Communications Commission order denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional awardees that have experienced difficulties obtaining letters of credit meeting the FCC’s strict requirements.

How Website Blocking Is Curbing Digital Piracy Without “Breaking the Internet”

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

A free and open Internet is not antithetical to website blocking, as not every website—those actively facilitating child pornography or terrorism are two examples—has a ...

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