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Obama to push for cheaper, speedier broadband in the US

President Obama today outlined an upcoming executive action to increase US broadband speeds and reduce its cost, something he intends to announce at a speech tomorrow in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and again in his sixth State of the Union address next week.

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Stunning website helps discover the best broadband for you

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The FCC’s plan to overhaul rural broadband escapes court battle

A plan to bring partially-subsidized, high speed broadband to approximately 7 million households is back on track today following a federal appeals court ruling. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected challenges from a number of telecommunications companies on a plan by the Federal Communication Commission to bring high-speed internet to residents in rural parts of the US.

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The FCC brings back its broadband speed testing tool for iOS

After a hiatus, the Federal Communication Commission is once again polling iOS users to get an idea of their connection speeds, part of a larger test of America’s broadband infrastructure. A new app called FCC Speed Test, which was released earlier today, measures broadband performance. That includes download and upload speeds, latency, and packet loss — all things that can be sent back to the FCC as part of its nationwide study. A nearly identical app was released for Androidusers last November, alongside a plan to rekindle a study on mobile broadband performance across different providers.

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FCC to double spending on broadband in effort to bring 100Mbps to students

Barack Obama’s vision of a more technologically advanced United States will get a boost from the FCC this week, which will announce plans to double funding for broadband in schools and libraries from $ 1 billion to $ 2 billion per year. As The New York Times and Washington Post report, this budgetary adjustment will initially exploit unused money from previous years of the government’s E-Rate program, and would later reallocate funds from outdated tech like dial-up internet. The President made a big point in his State of the Union speech that changes like these won’t require the raising of any new funds or taxes and that’s very much the intention with this plan.

Even at $ 2 billion, however, the FCC’s annual spending may prove inadequate…

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Digital Era Pushing Home Broadband to the Limit

How many gadgets do you have that connect to your home broadband? Most family homes have several smartphones, a tablet or two, perhaps a games console and a few laptops …

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FCC approves Google’s TVWS database for use, bringing whitespace broadband one step closer

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Two months after Google got permission to test its TV whitespace (TVWS) database from the FCC, the Commission is approving it for operation. Which whitespace channels are available for use depend on the region in question, and registered wireless devices will be able to use the database to automatically determine the frequencies they can transmit on after feeding it their encrypted location information. Individuals and organizations can also browse the database to see which bands are available for use in their area.

Google has pushed unlicensed TVWS for years as a cost-effective way to bring broadband service to sparsely populated rural communities whose economics don’t justify building out traditional cable or fiber lines. It…

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Google and Microsoft rumored to be eyeing up UK white space for ubiquitous mobile broadband

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Both Google and Microsoft have expressed an “extreme interest” in currently unused white space spectrum in the UK, according to The Telegraph. A senior government source speaking to the publication says that both companies see the spectrum as “very, very important.” Right now, white space is allocated to broadcast services such as television and radio, but Ofcom has been looking to leverage the unused spectrum for rural broadband access. Although the details of Google and Microsoft’s interest aren’t clear, both could be mulling the idea of deploying free broadband access to their respective mobile platforms.

It’s not the first time Microsoft has expressed such an interest in the UK’s white space either. In June 2011, the company…

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FCC plans rigorous mobile broadband speed testing in the US

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The FCC has announced that it will begin a process to evaluate mobile broadband speeds on September 21st, in an effort to provide customers with detailed measurements of mobile data performance in the United States. The move expands on the agency’s National Broadband Plan, which originally gathered measurements on fixed broadband performance — the FCC released its second report on fixed broadband in August. The FCC says it plans to build on the fixed broadband program with its mobile broadband evaluations.

The FCC plans to use the data to provide “comparisons and analyses that are valuable to consumers and spur competition among service providers.” The agency says it’s already gathered support for the program from major wireless…

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