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8:11 a.m. Wednesday

As FCC chair defends 'net neutrality,' AT&T, trade groups sue

Fiber optic network                   AT&T, the CTIA wireless trade association as well as the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the American Cable Association launched lawsuits Tuesday against the FCC's recently passed "net neutrality" rules. But in a speech the FCC chair defends the rules and the FCC says it expects to prevail.

Updated 11:45 a.m. Monday

Telecom trade group files suit against government's new FCC Internet rules

Net Neutrality  The legal battle against the so-called "net neutrality" rules recently passed by the Federal Communications Communication has began. A telecom trade association formally filed suit against the FCC rules on Monday after the rules were published in the Federal Register.

Updated 5:36 a.m. Monday

National broadband summit aims to 'Gigafy America'

The Broadband Report: As the leading conference on broadband technologies for communities, the annual Broadband Communities Summit this week in Texas attracts broadband system operators, network builders and deployers of all kinds. And, several from North Carolina will be making the trek out to Austin this year.

Gigafy America Gigafy America

Updated April 9

AT&T beefs up standard Internet speeds in Triangle

AT&T             Competition is driving up choice and Internet speeds across the Triangle with AT&T launching the latest round of faster access on Thursday. Customers can now get much faster net access even if they can't get AT&T's fiber network or don't want it. Time Warner Cable also recently began upping its Internet speeds.

Updated April 6

Report: Business fiber penetration hits 42.5% in U.S.

The Broadband Report: More commercial and multi-tenant buildings in America are being wired with optical fiber, marking steady growth of fiber build outs over the last decade, according to new research.

Fiber Boom Fiber Boom

April 3

Cord-nevers, you're in luck: 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' hit Web

Fiber optic network                   Cord-nevers, you're in luck. No more need to beg, borrow or steal your parents' cable password to keep up with each episode of "Mad Men" or "Game ofThrones." When the hit shows return in the next few days, they will be available for streaming online with no cable or satellite subscription.

Updated April 1

Is this a joke? Google Fiber says it slows down net for 'dial-up' mode

For all the demand that is driving Google Fiber and other companies to deliver ultra-fast Internet, there also are people who want downloads to take longer so they can get a cup of coffee. So says Google. The result: Engineers have actually invented a way to slow down fiber - they call it "dial-up mode" - while you get that hot drink or go to the bathroom. Is this a joke? Well, Google announced it March 31 - not on fools' day.

Updated March 31

Premium Lock Take that, Google: AT&T rolls out gigabit Internet in Google's backyard

AT&T GigaPower   AT&T is taking the battle for ultra-fast Internet business into Google's own backyard, launching service this week in Cupertino - the hometown of Apple. Coverage of the story in the Valley is quite interesting. Take a look.

Updated March 30

Deep dive on Obama's new Broadband Opportunity Council

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: The president officially launched a new broadband council last week with the goal of increasing investments in high-speed connectivity and lowering deployment barriers.

March 28

AT&T donates $33,000 for PC training at gigabit Internet kickoff

AT&T's Foundation is making a $33,000 to a PC and Internet training program in Raleigh as part of the launch for ultra-fast Internet access known as the North Carolina Next Generation Network. The City of Raleigh's "Digital Connectors" program is receiving the money.

NC NGN NC NGN

Updated March 27

Ultra-fast Internet network coming first to Raleigh community center

The North Carolina Next Generation Network formally launches on Saturday at a community center in Raleigh. AT&T is building the network across the Triangle and parts of the Triad in partnership with several municipalities and four universities.

Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP

Updated March 24

Internet providers file lawsuits against FCC 'net neutrality' rules

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Internet service providers on Monday filed two lawsuits against the new "net neutrality" rules adopted by the FCC. Previous net neutrality rules were struck down in federal court, and providers such as AT&T and Verizon are trying the legal route once more to halt new rules that seek to govern Internet providers as utilities.

March 23

Latest news on broadband and telecom options, wireless, E-Rate and NBP turns 5

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: Here is a roundup of broadband and telecommunications stories making headlines this week including The New York Times Editorial Board commenting on more and better telecom options; NTCA and Vantage Point release report on why wireless broadband is not a viable substitute for wireline broadband; the FCC has extended the new E-Rate filing deadline to April 16, and FCC Chairman talks about the fifth anniversary of the National Broadband Plan.

March 20

Want to cut cable costs? Buying a modem may make dollars and sense

Cable With all the new streaming services coming online and with more people "cutting the cord" on cable TV, one problem remains: You still need Internet access, preferably high speed. But a way to cut Internet costs could be buying rather than renting a modem from your provider. And a new Internet modem calculator from WalletHub offers ways to possibly cut costs.

Updated March 18

Premium Lock AT&T slashes ultra-fast Internet prices, expands services in Triangle

Fiber optic network                   AT&T is expanding the markets in the Triangle where it is offering ultra-fast Internet service and at the same time is slashing prices to as low as $70 per month from the previous $120. Current AT&T customers also may see automatic increases in speed by March 31. Plus, AT&T is boosting Wi-Fi speeds.

March 17

Premium Lock GOP says Obama aides meddled in 'net neutrality'

​Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the "net neutrality" debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators.

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler FCC Chair Tom Wheeler

March 17

Premium Lock Congress gets its chance to weigh in on 'net neutrality'

Net Neutrality  ​Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the "net neutrality" debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators.

March 16

Premium Lock North Carolina invests millions into big data research

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: This multi-million dollar investment by North Carolina and the UNC system will change the way businesses, government agencies and universities think about data and use data to solve problems in North Carolina.

March 13

Premium Lock They look at us as partners in the community

If you're in commercial real estate, you're in a good position to see the value of a municipal high speed broadband network. "It does nothing but help us from an economic development standpoint," says Will Corbett, a commercial real estate appraiser in Wilson, NC. "Its ability to attract industry is impressive. The fact that the average citizen benefits too is gravy."

Greenlight Greenlight

March 13

Premium Lock From Hollywood to Wilson, NC - a broadband move

The Muppets After 16 years in Los Angeles, the founders of ExodusFX moved their video special effects business to the East Coast three years ago, finally choosing the Eastern NC City of Wilson because of its ultrafast municipal broadband network.

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