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BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Fiber, the ultra-fast broadband Internet service developed by the search-engine company, will be expanding to Austin, Texas, in 2014. In a widely expected move , Austin city officials and Google on Tuesday morning announced the expansion of Fiber. The service is already live in the Kansas City area and provides users with Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is about 100 times faster than most American users' Internet speeds. "With a population of innovators and early adopters, Austin has always welcomed and embraced forward-thinking ideas," the Austin Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday in a statement.
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BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Residents in Austin, Texas may soon find out just how fast 1 gigabit Internet connection is like. Austin city officials and Google, which has been testing its ultra-fast Internet service called Fiber in Kansas City, have sent out invitations to an event Tuesday morning where they "will make a very important announcement that will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city. "  Multiple news websites and blogs report that the announcement will be about the expansion of Fiber to Austin.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Julius Genachowski, who will step down as head of the Federal Communications Commission within the next few weeks, leaves behind a mixed bag of accomplishments and disappointments. He had made expansion of broadband Internet access one of his priorities. We moved forward on that front, but not far enough. He also aimed to expand available wireless spectrum for smartphones and tablets and the like. That hasn't come very far either. As for pushing for cable subscribers to pay only for the channels they want, rather than pay for fat bundles of channels they never watch, Genachowski was largely silent.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- In announcing he was stepping down, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Friday touted the agency's efforts to expand high-speed Internet access during his nearly four-year tenure. "I'll always be proud of what we've done technology to harness technology to advance the American dream for the 21st century," Genachowski told FCC employees in a gathering in the commission's meeting room. He said he would step down "in the coming weeks" and thanked the agency's staff for getting "big things done for our country.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
Google Fiber, the Internet search giant's super-fast Internet experiment in Kansas City, Mo., that operates at a speed 100 times faster than a typical broadband connection, could be coming to a city near you. During Google's fourth-quarter earnings call, Google Chief Executive Larry Page and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette made it clear Google Fiber is not a "hobby" for the company. "It's been great to see the success there with the initial roll-out," Page said. He cautioned: "We are still in the very early stages of it. " But he emphasized: "We are excited about the possibilities there.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T said it will invest $14 billion over the next three years improving and expanding its wireless and broadband infrastructure. The Texas-based company said $8 billion will be used to improve its wireless network. AT&T said it plans to expand its 4G LTE high-speed Internet wireless network to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. That's an improvement over the company's current plan, which would expand the network to cover 250 million people by the end of next year. The latest plan, which AT&T calls Project Velocity IP, dedicates the remaining $6 billion to improving the company's fiber-optic, broadband networks.
OPINION
October 25, 2012
This week Microsoft is set to release an operating system for computers, tablets and smartphones that will put a vast amount of music at users' fingertips, free of charge - with the music industry's blessing. XBox Music, a service integrated into Windows 8, is just the latest in a series of music-related initiatives by the software giant, and its record hasn't been good (seen any Zune music players lately?). Nevertheless, XBox Music could be a turning point in the music industry's fitful adaptation to the broadband era. The new, advertiser-supported service will let users play songs on demand from an online jukebox, create customized webcasts based on the music of their favorite artists and buy MP3s from an online store stocked with an enormous selection of tracks - in short, a combination of Spotify, Pandora and Apple's iTunes.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By Ameet Sachdev
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled an ambitious plan to establish the city as a hub for ultra-fast Internet service and provide free Internet access in public spaces. The city kicked off its Chicago Broadband Challenge by turning on free Wi-Fi in Millennium Park on Monday. "Chicago will be one of the most connected cities in the world," Emanuel said. "The establishment of a world-class broadband network in Chicago will create thousands of jobs and dramatically improve educational opportunities, economic development, healthcare services and general quality of life throughout the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Joe Flint
A top Netflix executive and the chief lobbyist for the cable television industry took shots at each other Wednesday morning during a congressional hearing on the future of video. At issue is whether caps on broadband data usage can be used by broadband providers as a means to hinder online programming services which could be seen as a competitor to traditional broadcast and cable channels. In particular, Netflix has raised concerns that cable and broadband giant Comcast Corp.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
A wide-ranging government probe into the pay-television industry could ultimately lead to dramatic changes in the way consumers receive video content on their television sets as well as on tablets and mobile phones. The Department of Justice has started looking into business practices of Comcast Corp. and other pay-TV operators to determine whether they are engaging in practices that could derail or hold back emerging competition from such broadband distributors as Netflix Inc. "The future of online competition for cable is being decided right now, and it is crucial that government agencies responsible for protecting the public interest" investigate, said Harold Feld, legal director of consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge.
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