Agency sees big improvement since 2009 survey
A report issued today by the Federal Communications Commission shows broadband speeds in the U.S. are now significantly closer to what Internet service providers advertise than they were in 2009. The report found that actual download speeds provided by the majority of U.S. broadband providers were within 80 percent or better of companies' advertised speeds. In 2009, download speeds were more often around 50 percent of the advertised rate.
Verizon to win back DSL users with LTE service
In an interview with GigaOM, Verizon EVP and CTO Dick Lynch revealed that the carrier wants to win back the customers it lost when it sold its DSL copper lines to providers like Frontier or Fairpoint. By 2013, it hopes to cover 97 percent of the US population, or about 285 million people, with its 4G wireless service. Speeds are competitive with those of wired DSL connections, at between 5 and 12Mbps.
Frontier required to push 4 Mbps broadband
The FCC has approved Verizon's sale of rural DSL and landline accounts to Frontier Communications, a deal that was negotiated for $8.6 billion. The sale required approval from regulators in nine of the 14 affected states located in the West, Midwest, and South. Over 4.8 million lines will be transferred, including residential, business, and institutional accounts.
Software follows Vue 8 releases eary in the week
Following the release of Vue 8 Infinite and xStream this week, e-on is now shipping the rest of its Vue 8 animation utilities including Frontier, Pioneer, Esprit, Studio, and Complete. Frontier provides tools for creating scenic nature and Poser character rendering. The software supports any static Poser model and allows users to render the models using the native shading trees of Poser. A free version of SkinVue is included for enhancing skin realism.
Frontier today put out an aggressive challenge to Apple by claiming a system which is both lighter and tougher than the MacBook Air. The FRLN is thicker than its American counterpart but occupies less space through a smaller 12-inch, LED-backlit screen and weighs just 2.75 pounds, all the while being more resilient against everyday use. The chassis of the FRLN can withstand up to 265 pounds of pressure and survive drops from up to 2.5 feet; it also comes with a water-resistant keyboard that guards against rain or spills.