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AT&T to Impose a Broadband Cap in May

On May 2nd, AT&T will impose a broadband data cap for all DSL and U-Verse customers, after having already implemented similar usage limits for wireless users nearly a year ago. People connecting to the Internet through DSL will face a monthly limit of 150 gigabytes, while U-Verse users will be capped at 250 GB per month. Anyone exceeding these limits more than three times in three different...

Pigeon Beats ISP in 60-Mile Data Delivery Race

Last week, in an epic showdown between nature and technology, science barely edged out Mother Earth to claim global supremacy. And, reportedly, it only took a lonely carrier pigeon in South Africa two hours to even the odds. According to BBC reports, an exasperated employee for Durban's Unlimited IT spurred the pigeon to action after the man frustratingly mentioned that data transmission...

Verizon Bans Libshitz Family From Using Last Name in E-Mail Address

What's in a name? For most, it's just a jumble of letters. Some people have a word or two mixed in, and a rare few have words in their names that can't be said in polite conversation. That's the problem faced by Dr. Herman I. Libshitz, a retired Chestertown, Maryland radiologist who recently was given quite the run-around by Verizon when trying to upgrade his aging dial-up connection to something...

American Internet Access Destined for Meltdown?

Internet users have become accustomed to the idea of things getting faster as time goes on, but a warning from analyst firm Nemertes Research Group is raising fears that within three to five years, Internet access in the Americas could actually get slower. Much, much slower. The reason for the fears, which some are calling a 'meltdown,' is simply the popularity of the Internet. As anyone who...

AT&T Gives Free Wi-Fi to Subscribers

AT&T has opened up its Wi-Fi hotspots to broadband subscribers for free. If you're a Pro, Elite, or Fast Access subscriber on AT&T's DSL service you can now enjoy free access at its hotspots that can be found in airports, coffee shops, McDonald's and Barns and Noble's. Those with lesser subscriptions can add unlimited access for $1.99 a month, and those who have no AT&T broadband...

Internet Speed Record Broken (Twice)

Making the switch from dial-up to broadband feels like a huge increase in speed -- and it is. The fastest you could ever hope to get over a modem is somewhere around 56kbps, or 56,000 bits of data per second. Your average DSL line offers connection speeds somewhere around 200kbps, around four times faster, while cable modem speeds are often upwards of 5,000kbps, which is 90 times faster than...