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Spotify Lite for Android gets an official launch in 36 countries

The app is designed to work on patchy or weak internet connections and, at just 10MB, it is small enough to cater to lower-end devices that have limited storage or older phones. Spotify Lite is limited to Android devices running version 4.3 or newer, and it is open to both paying and non-paying users. For those worried about maxing out their data plan, the app comes with an optional limit that can tell you when you are close to hitting that buffer. – Jon Russell, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2NIDNIV

Charter fails to defeat lawsuit alleging false Internet speed promises

When the FCC eliminated its net neutrality rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, the commission kept a version of rules requiring ISPs to be transparent about their network management practices. Charter claimed that the continued existence of a transparency rule and the FCC’s preemption of state net neutrality regulation is enough to preempt “the Attorney General’s allegations that Time Warner Cable made deceptive claims about its broadband speeds.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2EsBQan

10Gbps downloads and uploads over cable demoed by Bell Labs

The cable industry R&D consortium CableLabs announced a plan for full duplex technology in February, and the Nokia-owned Bell Labs yesterday said it has achieved 10Gbps symmetrical speeds in the lab in a “world-first” demo.[…] The technology is still in the proof-of-concept stage and requires fiber to be built most of the way toward homes, relying on cable for the final stretch. This isn’t a huge barrier because cable networks already use a lot of fiber. “By leveraging the XG-CABLE technology, operators can effectively use existing HFC [hybrid fiber-coaxial] cables over the last 200 meters to provide upstream speeds never before achievable due to the limited spectrum available,” Nokia said. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Comcast slowly rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 for 1Gbps speeds over cable infrastructure

DOCSIS, which stands for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, is a standard used to transfer data over the existing network that was installed to provide cable TV service. Most modern internet providers use DOCSIS 3.0 for internet service, often topping out at 100Mbps, or about one tenth the speed of Comcast’s new service. The DOCSIS 3.1 standard is actually capable of up to 10Gbps downstream speeds, but tops out at 1Gbps uploads. – James Risley, GeekWire

Tricks for building a Wi-Fi network that covers your entire house

photo: BGR

First of all, make sure you get the right router. To do so, you should assess the maximum speed of your wired Internet connection and then buy appropriate gear. That means you have to be familiar with the various Wi-Fi standards: 802.11ac is the fastest standard available with speeds of up to 1Gbps while 802.11n gets you 600Mbps. To take advantage of maximum data transfer rates, however, you also have to make sure your PCs, smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi devices can support the same wireless data speeds. For example, your 802.11n smartphone won’t get 802.11ac speeds. – Chris Smith, BGR

The Fastest Internet Services for Streaming Netflix – October Edition

photo: The Exstreamist

[W]hen it comes to streaming Netflix the best. In this month’s rankings, Verizon FiOS reclaims the top spot, a place they have been before. […] Comcast and Time Warner both remain safely in the middle of this list, but there are talks that both are working on faster internet speeds. At the same time though, more and more customers have been noting ‘data cap’ warnings as they approach a monthly usage greater than 300GB. – Rob Toledo, Exstreamist

US is falling behind the world on LTE speeds

photo: The Verge

OpenSignal‘s most recent report about the state of global LTE coverage and download speeds tells some familiar stories. As we’ve seen in previous years, it’s Asian nations such as South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong that offer customers the best coverage (97 percent, 90 percent, and 86 percent respectively), while the United States lags just a little behind (78 percent) and European countries like the United Kingdom and Germany pop up towards the middle of the list. – James Vincent, The Verge

BT Openreach begins 330Mbps G.fast broadband trial this August

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While customers that take part in the trial won’t receive the gigabit speeds (combined upload/download) BT demonstrated in its Adastral Park research and development center, they will see an impressive 330Mbps down and 30Mbps up. Those speeds actually match Openreach’s current FTTP on Demand product (which is likely why it’s getting an overhaul), and are faster than Virgin’s top-tier 152Mbps service. – Mark Walton, Ars Technica

Your Internet service might not actually be true broadband anymore

[I]n descending order of percentage of average download speed, Indiana (24.74 Mbps), Arkansas (23.8), New Mexico (23.24), South Carolina (23.1), Mississippi (22.79), Wisconsin (22.78), Hawaii (21.34), North Carolina (20.59), Ohio (20.08), Colorado (18.97), Kentucky (17,09), and Maine (16.65).

If you look at just rural parts of the country, it’s even worse. Aside the fact that no one in the any part of the U.S. unincorporated organized territories American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands now has access to broadband, that’s also true of at least 80% of residents in rural parts of Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma, Montana, Texas, and Vermont. – Kevin Collier, The Daily Dot

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