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Comcast raises cable TV bills again—even if you’re under contract

The new price hikes will take effect in most of Comcast’s regional markets across the US on January 1, but some cities will get the increase later in 2019, a Comcast spokesperson told Ars. The fee sizes can vary by city based on which stations are available, so in some cases they could be less than $10 and $8.25, Comcast said. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2RftxVX
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FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

[FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly] said that broadband providers run by local governments “have engaged in significant First Amendment mischief.” But O’Rielly’s only evidence to support his claim was the networks’ Acceptable Use Policies, which contain boilerplate language similar to the policies used by private ISPs such as Comcast and AT&T. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2ABkb0Q

Samsung fined $5.7 million for slowing down phones, Apple style

A watchdog group called the Italian Authority for Market and Competition just issued South Korean electronics giant Samsung a fine for 5 million euros (~$5.7 million), via SamMobile. The cash penalty is due to the “Samsung slow down,” i.e., the phenomenon of smartphones dropping in performance after receiving new updates. – C. Scott Brown, Android Authority https://trib.al/rvYXi9f

OTT video trend spotlights fibre needs

The key takeaways from the [Kagen] report are:
– Of the 16 major markets in Western Europe, only Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and Spain host broadband markets with fibre controlling more than 20% of broadband homes.
– Sweden is far ahead with 60.7% of its broadband market on fibre, while Spain sits at 46.8%, Norway 42.3%, Portugal 38.6%, Finland 33.2% and Denmark 22.5%.
– OTT video usage will continue to grow, as its integration into multichannel, hybrid free-to-air and connected TV/smart TV platforms deepens. Most platforms in Western Europe now integrate OTT services — Netflix in particular. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2Eg6gkt

Wi-Fi branding to get a lot simpler with upcoming “Wi-Fi 6”

The 802.11 group produces dated standards every few years, most recently 802.11-2016, and then publishes amendments to these standards. The amendments are named alphabetically, and it’s these amendment names that have come to be used to refer to particular Wi-Fi technology. For example, the original 802.11-1997 standard was amended by 802.11a (54Mbit/s over 5GHz radio), 802.11b (11Mbit/s over 2.4GHz radio), and 802.11g (54Mbit/s over 2.4GHz) and, correspondingly, we see devices claiming to support 802.11a/b/g. Most of the other letters are also used to define additional features. – Peter Bright, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2IyzTMt

Netflix consumes 15% of the world’s global internet traffic

That’s according to a report from bandwidth management company Sandvine, reports the BBC. Taking up 15% of the world’s bandwidth makes Netflix the biggest data hog on the planet. Following Netflix, miscellaneous video embeds on websites takes up 13.1% of all internet traffic, while YouTube takes up 11.4% and general web browsing takes up 7.8% – Michael Grothaus, Fast Company https://ift.tt/2yemc0p
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