Category: Business / Telecoms

May 14, 2020

How Gamers Powered Super-Fast Internet Abroad

Romania and Singapore don’t seem to have much in common, but they both owe their robust broadband in part to videogame fanatics seeking better connections.

by Alexis Ong in Business
April 9, 2020

When School Is Online, the Digital Divide Grows Greater

Most US schools are closed, with instruction shifting to the internet. That’s a problem for millions of people without reliable broadband, including 20 percent of rural students.

by Klint Finley in Business
April 1, 2020

T-Mobile Swallows Sprint, Leaving 3 US Cellphone Giants

Consumer advocates fear that the deal will lead to reduced competition and higher prices. But regulators and a federal judge let it proceed.

by Klint Finley in Business
March 31, 2020

The Newest US Sanctions on China’s Huawei Could Backfire

A reported ban on sales to Huawei of chips made with American equipment might intensify China’s drive to develop its own chip industry.

by Will Knight in Business
March 24, 2020

YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Sony plan to throttle game downloads during peak usage hours to help prevent internet congestion during the Covid-19 pandemic.

by Klint Finley in Business
March 20, 2020

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fineā€”for Now

Netflix is slowing streams in Europe in an effort to preserve bandwidth amid the pandemic. But US providers seem to be holding up to the surge in usage.

by Klint Finley in Business
February 28, 2020

The FCC Fines Wireless Companies for Selling Users’ Location Data

The proposed fines—against T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint—total more than $200 million for their role in breaches of privacy.

by Klint Finley in Business