Comcast, AT&T launching faster Xfinity Gigabit internet service

Comcast and AT&T are now promising gigabit-speed broadband service to much of Bloomington, but the way each internet service provider do so will be very different. The Wednesday night news of Comcast’s statewide Xfinity Gigabit service came just hours before AT&T announced its Internet 1000 launch in Bloomington and other Indiana markets. While both companies …

Netflix speeds lag for Verizon users amid dispute

Netflix’s internet provider claims Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing streaming bottlenecks (update). Having trouble streaming “House of Cards?” A stand-off involving Verizon and Netflix may be to blame.   Streaming speeds for Verizon FiOS customers dropped by 14% between December and January, according to Netflix. Meanwhile, Netflix speeds on most other Internet service …

Netflix-Comcast Deal Threatens Internet Innovation

There is nothing wrong with the Netflix-Comcast deal. It’s no violation of net neutrality. But it illustrates the fragile nature of innovation on the Internet, and it’s a problem that only government regulation can solve.   Comcast customers who also subscribe to Netflix should applaud a deal between the two companies reported this weekend, wherein …

Entertainment and Internet Providers Launch Copyright Alert System

Several groups from the entertainment industry have teamed up with five major American Internet service providers to create something called the Copyright Alert System. The system aims to educate and dissuade consumers from participating in illegal methods of sharing copyrighted materials online. It’s a new effort by entertainment companies to keep people buying what they …