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White House says broadband is a ‘Core Utility’ just like power and water

photo: Associated Press, Engadget

A recent report from the Broadband Opportunity Council (under the auspices of the Oval Office) described broadband connectivity as an “essential infrastructure for communities” that “has steadily shifted from an optional amenity to a core utility” on par with water, electricity and sewers. According to the report, which was headed by the chairs of the US departments of Agriculture and Commerce, 51 million Americans lack access to download speeds beyond 25 Mbps. That’s roughly a sixth of the national population. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Appeals Court: Copyright holders ‘must consider fair use’ before sending DMCAs

photo: Stephanie Lenz, Youtube

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Universal Music Group in a 2007 Digital Millennium Copyright Act case that could change how and when copyright holders can send takedown notices. The case revolves around a takedown notice sent to YouTube user, Stephanie Lenz, who posted a sub-30 second video of her toddler learning to walk while Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” played in the background. She, along with pro bono counsel from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), subsequently sued Universal for violating the DMCA’s fair use statute. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Google Fiber considering Irvine, Louisville, and San Diego for expansion

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The company stated on its Google Fiber blog on Thursday that it hopes to enter a joint planning process with the cities of Irvine, California; Louisville, Kentucky; and San Diego, California. […] This isn’t a guarantee that the cities will actually receive the service (just as Portland, San Jose and Phoenix are still in the planning stages), only that Google is considering expansion into those regions. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Verizon tests new fiber system that hits 10Gbps speeds

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Verizon has announced that it has successfully completed field tests of its new super-fast fiber optic technology, dubbed the next-generation passive optical network (NG-PON2). It could offer users connectivity speeds anywhere from 10Gbps to 80Gbps some point “in the future”, according to a Verizon press release. […] The company sees its implementation as a necessary step for the upcoming shift to 4K video streaming. As such, Verizon will begin issuing “requests for proposals” for the hardware and software needed to upgrade its FIOS service later this year. There’s no word yet on when the service will actually come online but it will likely only be available to businesses at first. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget http://engt.co/1IDIGH5

Netflix is totally cool with Charter buying Time Warner Cable

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Charter Communications has Netflix’s support for its $55 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable after promising the streaming service settlement-free “peering” through 2018. Peering, according to The Internet Peering Playbook, is a local routing optimization method that allows two networks to exchange traffic without incurring transit fees. On Tuesday, Charter reportedly filed a document with the FCC stating that it wouldn’t charge any website for faster access until at least December 31st, 2018. Netflix also filed a document stating that it would not oppose the acquisition as it had last year’s Comcast-TWC merger. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

YouTube now supports 60 fps live streaming

Today, YouTube announced a new feature that is sure to make gamers even happier: 60 fps live streaming which will allow people to broadcast their online exploits in real-time. The new frame rate is still an early preview, mind you, and will only be available on HTML5-compatible browsers. However, YouTube will encode these streams in both 720p60 and 1080p60 formats as well as automatically knock it down to 30FPS for devices that can’t handle full speed. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Tiny 3D-printed retro TV set plays B-movies for your Barbies

Form Lab’s Michael Curry designed and constructed the small-form example set. He’s also posted the .form file so that anyone with a 3D printer (not necessarily the $3000 Form+1) can fabricate their own. It looks to be a pretty involved post-printing production process — you’re going to spend a good deal of time sanding and spray painting — but the results are clearly worth it. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget
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