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Ajit Pai admits FCC got broadband growth figures wrong

That mistake led the agency to announce that the number of Americans lacking access to a fixed broadband connection was down to 19.4 million by the end of 2017 from 26.1 million the year before. Turns out, the correct figure is 21.3 million — a big difference, for sure, but not big enough for Pai to backpedal on his declaration that the changes he implemented led to massive broadband growth… – Mariella Moon, Engadget » https://engt.co/2GXp0ng
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Few US households attracted to gigabit service

About a fifth (22%) of US broadband households have an internet service speed of 100-999 Mbps, the most common service tier, although 39% of US broadband households do not know their broadband speed. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2Usm0Uu

House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

On Thursday this week, the Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the impact of Pai’s net neutrality repeal on consumers, small businesses, and free speech. Witnesses who have been invited to testify at the hearing include former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell (who is also a former FCC chairman), and representatives of Mozilla, Free Press, and Eastern Oregon Telecom. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2HZDcQ6

Broadband industry fears come true: FCC rules are costing them money

Big Internet providers had been demanding payments from network operators such as Cogent and Level 3, which sell transit services to websites and other businesses that need to distribute Internet traffic to consumers. Cogent and Level 3 argue that they should continue exchanging traffic for free with Internet providers, while the Internet providers say Cogent and Level 3 should have to pay because they send more traffic than they receive. Cogent and Level 3 counter that they are merely sending traffic requested by the Internet providers’ subscribers. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/1RFGEuW

Why a free and open Internet is pointless

Simply put, a free and open Internet – which goes to the heart of the FCC’s intent – hinges on the ability of the IP networks to deliver and, even more importantly, perhaps, withstand the rising and relentless pressures of data. According to research house IDC, the data universe is growing by 40% annually, which means it is doubling in size, effectively, every two years. At that rate, the data we create, copy and download annually will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, by 2020. – Lloyd Carney, Fortune Magazine via Quartz
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Google’s TV and Internet Service Is ‘Like Ebola,’ Analyst Says: Very Scary, but …

Google’s foray into high-speed internet and TV-service has signed up an “incredibly small” number of customers and isn’t a threat to cable and satellite investors, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. […] “Google Fiber is a bit like Ebola: very scary and something to be taken seriously … but the numbers are very small, it gets more press attention than it deserves, and it ultimately doesn’t pose much of a risk (here in the U.S. at least),” Mr. Moffett said in a note Thursday. – Bloomberg News via Advertising Age
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Why America’s Internet Is So Shitty and Slow

The internet is a tangible thing, a network of infrastructure pulsing with light, winding its way into and beneath buildings. It’s also a marketplace. There is the physical location where the fiber-optic cables full of data cross, and then there are the financial deals that direct the traffic down each specific set of wires. This combination of physical wires and ephemeral business transactions will shape the future of the digital world. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo
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