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  1. In Spite of Support for Net Neutrality, Google Fiber Won’t Allow Servers

    Claims this is "reasonable network management,” not a violation of open internet policies.

    Google Fiber has brought the joy of free-market competition in the form of 1 gigabit/second broadband. But now that Google is an Internet service provider, its commitment to open Internet access is quietly waning. Google will regulate how you transmit data on its bandwidth -- namely, you can't use it to run servers.

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  2. Gigabit Squared Bringing Ultra High-Speed Fiber Broadband Network to Seattle

    Seattle, Washington is already known for its incessant rainfall and having the honor of being labeled the cradle of all things grunge that defined the '90s generation, but soon it will be adding another feather in its cap once the city will be known for playing host to a sophisticated broadband network. Responding to the citizens' desire for better broadband service, Gigabit Squared (GB2) -- a broadband developer based in Washington -- and Seattle mayor Mike McGinn announced an agreement in which the city will be working closely with the company to build a "fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network" (FTTH/FTTB), providing an unparalleled service aimed to benefit Seattle's numerous institutions as well as its residents.

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  3. Comcast Announces $10 Broadband for Low Income Families

    Last Friday, Comcast announced a new initiative that will hopefully make broadband Internet more easily accessible to low-income families. The plan will provide broadband internet at a cost of only $10 per month to families that meet certain requirements regarding income, family size and a few other details. One of the additional requirements is that the family in question has at least one child that is qualified to receive a free school lunch under the NSLP, which gives you general idea of the income level they're targeting. In addition, families can receive a $149.99 voucher for the purchase of a new computer. Of course, that is not to say that the offering would be available to all families that might qualify financially. Other requirements include, of course, being in an area where Comcast provides service, not having subscribed to Comcast Internet service in the past 90 days and not having any outstanding balance to Comcast. If you manage to fit all those critera, however, it's a great deal. As a bonus, Comcast has pretty high and reliable speeds.

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  4. AT&T to Cap Broadband Usage Starting Monday

    Starting Monday, AT&T will place a cap on its broadband Internet services. Following Comcast's broadband cap and AT&T being the number two carrier in the U.S., the majority of the U.S. broadband Internet will now be saddled with a cap. AT&T will be placing a 150 GB monthly cap on its DSL users and a 250 GB monthly cap for its UVerse users.

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  5. Broadband Connection Now A Legal Right In Finland

    In America, we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In Finland they have all that stuff, but now they also have Internet! Yes, starting July 1 every citizen of Finland has the legal guarantee of a broadband Internet connection of at least 1 Megabit per second. And the promise has been made to upgrade every citizen to a 100Mbps connection in five years. Finland is the first nation to make the Internet a legal right for its citizens. England has come close, promising a minimum connection of 2Mbps to all its citizens. But that's just a promise. There is no voiced intent at present of codifying it in law. Finland is such a happy country for Internet users. First of all, it's estimated that there are only about 4,000 homes that lack an Internet connection in the first place, so they law won't be costly. Second, and this is the big one, you know how they deal with illegal file-sharing in Finland? They send them letters! Like, in the mail! That's so adorably wonderful.

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