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High Speed Internet – More Fun for the Whole Family

Looking for ways to maximize your time at home, whether it’s entertainment, work, or school? Your broadband connection is always on and always available. Whenever you turn on your computer it is ready to take you great places on the web at incredible fast speeds!

For kids, there is a variety of kids-safe websites for learning and entertainment. Your kids can research projects for school, play games, get study help, and chat with friends instantly. You can pay bills, access news, sports and entertainment web pages and watch streaming videos.

Hate driving to the mall? Shopping also takes on a new meaning of expedience. Quickly browse hundreds of shopping sites and find the perfect gift. You can even have it giftwrapped and ship directly to that special person. And online comparison websites help you assess your available choices. Connecting through High speed internet service is a great way for the entire family to have fun and learn at the same time!

Net Neutrality Rules: Know What the Fuss is all about

Net neutrality has become a controversial issue of late, with the American lawmakers, Internet service providers and consumer advocates locking their horns over the new set of rules that the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has proposed. What had started out as a campaign to make the Internet more open and fair for everyone has ended up becoming a debate that is full of accusations, contradictions, and criticism. If you aren’t really sure what exactly is going on and what the fuss is all about, you’ve arrived at the right place for a short and simple explanation.

A Half-baked Campaign to Open the Internet

In order to understand what’s happening right now, it’s important that we begin from the point when it all started. Back in 2010, the FCC introduced the Net Neutrality rules that banned Internet service providers from intentionally blocking or slowing down web traffic to certain content and applications. The intended motivation behind this move was to curb unreasonable discrimination against any web traffic or legal applications. While the full set of rules applied on wireline carriers, the wireless carriers were only banned from discriminating against blocking access to the applications or services of their competitors. Intriguingly, “commercially reasonable” discrimination was still allowed, while only potential “pay-for-priority” deals to help content companies deliver their traffic faster was prohibited.

Appeal and New Plan

In January 2014, Verizon filed a lawsuit against the Net Neutrality rules in an appeals court. The court ruled that the FCC cannot treat Internet service providers as a public utility and therefore cannot force them to treat all web traffic equally. The verdict was met with strong criticism from the campaigners for the freedom of speech. Instead of appealing against the verdict, the FCC decided to revise the previous Net Neutrality rules, this time taking both the wireline and wireless carriers into consideration equally. The proposed new set of rules would prohibit the Internet providers from blocking or impeding users’ access to any website or legal application, and would further require them to disclose just how exactly are they managing traffic on their networks. However, the provision for “commercially reasonable” deals to give priority to certain Web traffic has been included, though the FCC is seeking opinion on whether “some or all” pay-for-priority deals should be presumed illegal. Furthermore, it also asks about the reclassification of broadband providers. As part of the process, the new regulations are up for public comment until September 10.

The Grievances of Consumer Advocates

Naturally, the consumer advocates, including the tech giants like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, are not too happy with the proposed rules, contending that these rules would favor certain content companies at the expense of user freedom and experience. Internet service providers could offer an unfair advantage to companies that are willing to pay big bucks for “fast lanes”. In order to prevent this discrimination and enforce stricter regulations, consumer advocates are pushing for reclassification of Internet providers as public utilities, giving them the same status as phone and cable companies.

Internet Providers’ Opposition to the Proposed Rules

Stakeholders that opposed 2010’s Net Neutrality rules have criticized the new set of rules as well. According to them, the regulatory body is trying to overreach into their business dealings. They fear that stricter Net Neutrality regulation can affect their operations and sustainability as it could discourage investment in the expensive network infrastructure.

FCC’s attempt to bring down the walls of Internet has gotten it trapped in a whirlpool that it may not have an easy time escaping. With neither consumer advice groups nor broadband providers and their sympathizers satisfied with the proposed set of Net Neutrality rules, the debate seems to be headed towards a deadlock.

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What impact will 4G have on home broadband?

When it comes to weighing up precisely what impact 4G will have on home broadband, it will partly depend on what standard of internet access home users have to begin with. For those who do have superfast broadband, it may come down to making a choice as to which one to stick with, or whether it’s financially viable to opt for both. People who can comfortably afford it will probably go for both, whereas users who are making the choice will likely weigh up the advantages.

More and more people now rely on the net for work. For those users who use the web at home and for business purposes, this may be a perfect opportunity to have a service that can be used at home, work and on the move without having to pay as many as three separate bills. Users who live and work in cities are more likely see the advantages of this sooner rather than later and as such, many will no doubt go for this option.

4G will have numerous advantages to business users, such as quicker connection speeds whilst on the move, faster file sharing and conference calling from hotels whilst away from the home or office. To many business users, 4G will be something they can’t live without if they are to keep up with their competitors. This will leave them with the question, do I really need a landline connection as well?

Landline or mobile broadband?

However, I don’t see this being viable for too many people very quickly, as for all those users who live in remote areas. Many are still awaiting a quality 3G service, 4G may not be right around the corner for them.

To them, the decision will largely depend on whether they receive 4G before superfast broadband or not. For consumers who at present, just have a standard landline connection, the chance to have superfast broadband will likely be welcomed with open arms.

If 4G then becomes available, people will have to make the decision as to whether they want to drop the home connection in favor of just having a 4G connection. Anyone who is already tied in to a superfast broadband service and who is happy with it, may just not want the bother of moving. After all, why fix something if it isn’t broken?

With all that said I think the thing this will make the biggest impact when it comes to deciding whether to have just 4G, or whether to keep the home broadband or not, is money. At present superfast broadband can be significantly more affordable, depending on how much time users spend on the net.

For those users who don’t use the internet very often, 4G could be a financially sound replacement if living in an area with acceptable coverage. However, for users who rely on the internet for downloading, file sharing, live streaming and for general use, especially families. superfast broadband or just a normal home connection may still be the way forward at present, with 4G being a nice added extra as part of a good cell phone contract.

As the costs of 4G come down over time, the dynamics of the situation will change and consumers will no doubt have a rethink.

Internet Providers Make Watching Olympics Easy

If you have been patiently waiting for the Olympics to begin, we’ve got some great news!  With high speed internet, you can view the games through live feeds for free from almost anywhere you have an internet connection.  Check out the various packages available from internet providers with speeds to support media streaming.  For high quality streams, it is recommended that you have a connection speed of at least 3 Mbps.  Reputable DSL companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Qwest offer plans for a great monthly price, and many of them have some great incentives available right now as well.  While cable internet is generally faster, it is also more expensive — DSL is a solid choice.  If you prefer the lightning speed of cable internet — Charter, Comcast, and Road Runner have great deals at this time.