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Angry Comcast customer set up Raspberry Pi to auto-tweet speed test results

Even if the results aren’t completely “accurate”, the execution calls much-needed attention to where this 800-pound gorilla routinely fails.

Raspberry Pi does hourly speed tests, tweets if speed is lower than advertised.

Source: Angry Comcast customer set up Raspberry Pi to auto-tweet speed test results | Ars Technica

With Fixed Costs And Fat Margins, Comcast’s Broadband Cap Justifications Are Total Bullshit

Comcast. Playing Dirty. Again.

For a while Comcast tried to pretend that its slowly-expanding usage cap “trials” were about managing network congestion. At least until leaked Comcast documents, the company’s top engineer, and the cable industry’s top lobbyist all confirmed that justification was bullshit (caps don’t really help manage congestion anyway). Since then, Comcast has veered away from any hard technical explanation for the glorified price hike, instead focusing on the ambiguous claim that these new “flexible” pricing models bring “fairness” to the broadband industry.

Source: With Fixed Costs And Fat Margins, Comcast’s Broadband Cap Justifications Are Total Bullshit | Techdirt

How to Build a Better Internet

Competition. Simple competition.

I pay Time Warner Cable $70 a month for broadband that works 70-percent of the time. Just for fun, I recently upgraded to the company’s best, fastest service—300 Mbps—and guess what. After weeks of speed tests, I can confidently say that I don’t get those speeds. Ever.

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What Silicon Valley Can Learn From Seoul

South Korean companies are building software for smartphones that’s chaotic, multifunctional and exciting — everything that American apps aren’t.

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When AT&T promises broadband—but delivers only 300kbps

For new homeowners, accurate information from Internet providers is hard to find.

Source: When AT&T promises broadband—but delivers only 300kbps

Google Fiber plans expansion, then TWC makes speeds six times faster

With Google Fiber preparing an expansion into Charlotte, North Carolina, incumbent cable operator Time Warner Cable is trying to hold onto customers by dramatically increasing Internet speeds at no extra charge.

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Why America’s Internet Is So Shitty and Slow

When I say “fundamentally broken” I don’t just mean that it’s slow and shitty, though there is that. It’s also broken as a paid service.

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