Bernie Sanders wants to break up Comcast, Verizon & AT&T; introduces ‘internet for all’ plan

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has announced his plans for publicly-funded broadband networks and the break up of major service providers. In an issued statement from his campaign, Sanders said that the “greed” of major service providers such as Verizon and Comcast “must end.” According to the International Telecommunication Union in 2017, 76% of […]

Industry body responds to Labour’s free broadband pledge

The UK’s independent networks co-operative association (INCA) has expressed its concerns to Labour’s pledge to nationalise parts of BT, providing the entire nation with free broadband by 2030.  Announced last week ahead of the country’s general election on December 12, the party pledged to nationalise Openreach, along with parts of BT Technology, BT Enterprise and […]

Netflix ISP Index: Hong Kong climbs speed rankings

Hong Kong jump four spots to number two in Netflix’s internet speed index rankings in February. iCable enjoyed the biggest speed increase of any internet service provider in February, with a gain of 0.58 Megabits per second (Mbps), bringing its average monthly speed up to 3.92 Mbps, according to Netflix’s research. Hong Kong climbed from […]

Netflix ISP Index: Austria overtakes Belgium in EMEA rankings

Austria overtook Belgium to claim the fourth-fastest average internet speeds in the Europe, Middle East and African (EMEA) region, according to Netflix’s November ISP Speed Index. In Austria the average speed during the month was 3.87 Mbps, pipping Belgium at 3.86 Mbps. Another strong month for Austria meant the country has climbed the Netflix rankings […]

Comcast tops Netflix’s ISP Speed Index in the US

Comcast topped the US rankings in Netflix’s monthly ISP Speed Index for the first time in December. According to the report, Comcast’s average monthly speed increased from 3.67 Megabits per second (Mbps) in November to 3.84 Mbps in December. This saw the ISP jump three places in the rankings, overtaking Verizon FiOS which took second […]

Google Fiber buys San Francisco ISP Webpass

Google Fiber has agreed to buy San Francisco-based internet service provider, Webpass. Confirming the deal, Webpass said it will remain focused on rapid deployment of high-speed Internet connections for residential and commercial buildings, primarily using point-to-point wireless. “By joining forces, we can accelerate the deployment of superfast Internet connections for customers across the US,” said […]

Cable operators top Netflix December European ISP table

Cable operators topped subscription video-on-demand service Netflix’s ISP speed rankings in major European countries in December, with the major cable players in the UK, Germany and France all leading their respective rankings. Virgin Media led the Netflix ISP league in the UK, with average speeds of 4.04Mbps, up from 3.98Mbps previously. BT cam second with 3.81Mbps, […]

Ownit overtakes Com Hem as fastest Swedish ISP, says Netflix

Swedish internet service provider Ownit overtook Com Hem in March to become the country’s fastest ISP for the first time since June 2014, according to Netflix.  The Netflix ISP Speed Index for March found Ownit to have an average speed of 3.95 Mbps, while ComHem dropped down to second place with speeds of  3.93 Mbps. […]

Netflix attacks ‘toll taking’ from ISPs, warns against Comcast merger

Netflix has reiterated its opposition to the merger of US cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable by arguing that a merged entity could place “toll taking” on content providers above the interests of consumers. In a blog posting, Netlfix’s vice-president of content delivery, Ken Florance, said that Netflix’s deal to pay for access to […]

Virgin Media signs up as UK ISP partner for PlayStation 4

Virgin Media is teaming up with Sony as the UK internet service provider (ISP) partner for PlayStation 4, which Sony announced yesterday would launch globally in November.  Sony said that alongside Virgin Media, it was introducing “VIP broadband” for the PS4 with a selection of other European partners, including Deutche Telekom in Germany, Orange in France, ONO in Spain and MEO in […]