Saturday, April 19, 2014
 
 
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Tech giant Google Inc. has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as part of its strategy to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. Titan is developing a variety of solar-powered "atmospheric satellites," which are designed to stay aloft indefinitely, providing aerial and telecommunications services at 1/100th the cost of current satellite platforms. Ben Gruber has more.   [READ MORE]
 
 
 
In an extensive post, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called for “strong net neutrality,” as opposed to the “weak net neutrality that currently exists, and which allows ISPs to theoretically, if not actually, bully Internet businesses into paying fees in order for consumers to be able to enjoy their services at better speeds. Hastings said "The essence of net neutrality is that ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast dont restrict, influence or otherwise meddle with the choices consumers make. The traditional form of net neutrality which was recently overturned by a Verizon lawsuit is important, but insufficient."   [READ MORE]
 
AT&T on Friday dismissed Netflix's recent call for free interconnection as an arrogant and unfair attempt to force others to pay for the content provider to gain access to faster broadband speeds and better services. Jim Cicconi, AT&T's senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs wrote in a company blog post "As we all know, there is no free lunch, and there's also no cost-free delivery of streaming movies. Someone has to pay that cost. Mr. Hastings' arrogant proposition is that everyone else should pay but Netflix." The post was a rebuttal to comments published by Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings on Thursday calling for greater protections for open Internet rules   [READ MORE]
 
The battle rages on between Netflix and the country's biggest Internet service providers. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a blog post Thursday that the company will pay more ISPs to ensure a good customer experience, but slammed those providers for "extracting a toll because they can." It's the latest in a fight over whether Netflix and other data-heavy services should have to shoulder part of the cost of getting that content to customers.   [READ MORE]
 
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gave Internet Service Providers a strongly worded piece of his mind over net neutrality in a blog post on the company's website. In a post titled "Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality," Hastings laid out why cable giants should be doing more to strengthen net neutrality and "protect our consumer experience." "   [READ MORE]
Netflix CEO Says Peering Should Be Regulated
by Grab Media, a blinkx company
 
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says broadband companies should be required to connect their networks to major content providers such as Netflix for free. In a blog post published Thursday, Hastings called for rules to ensure big broadband providers like Comcast can't keep charging companies such as Netflix a fee to connect directly to their networks--a practice known as interconnection or peering.   [READ MORE]
 
Nearly one-third of households in the United States have either no choice for home broadband Internet service, or no options at all. The frightening statistic comes from a presentation given to the Chamber of Commerce this week by SoftBank CEO Mayoshi Son, and it cited data provided by the Federal Communications Commission this past December. Son used the upsetting wireline broadband stats to reinforce his position that Sprint, which is owned by his company SoftBank, and T-Mobile should merge. This was just one small component of Sons argument that consolidation in the U.S. wireless market would be good for consumers.   [READ MORE]
 
 
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