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Netflix grades ISPs on HD streaming performance, Charter and Comcast get top marks

Netflix has released some numbers ranking various internet service providers based on how well they deliver Netflix HD video streams. The chart ranks the ISPs based on the sustained bitrate they deliver for a long HD movie, and the results are quite fascinating. Charter and Comcast top the list, with averages of 2,500-2,600 kbps. At the bottom of the list is Clearwire, an ISP majority-owned by...

Firefox Friday: net neutrality and free speech edition

I'm back! Back from the cold, grey, barren wastes of the North. It seems, while I've been away, that people have busy been pissing around with things that really should be left well alone. First, you surely heard about the crazy Appeals Court decision that Comcast could do whatever it likes to the users of its network. I could try to describe this lunacy in words, but a guttural noise says it...

Comcast's win in court is bad news for BitTorrent fans

Comcast just won its appeal of a 2008 FCC ruling, and BitTorrent users may end up the losers. Comcast was effectively blocking torrents using "network management" techniques, and the FCC ordered them to make their network management scheme public and stop singling out BitTorrent traffic. This week's Court of Appeals ruling reverses that FCC decision and gives Comcast free reign again, TorrentFreak...

Comcast launches Secure Backup & Share -- 2GB of free online storage... for Comcast users!

As a Brit, I only know of Comcast as 'that ISP that throttles peer-to-peer traffic', but it's good to see they're back in the saddle and providing value-added services like this! As of now, Comcast users can login and claim their 2GB of free online backup/file sharing space. As CNET points out, it's run by the successful Mozy, which also manages the online backup/storage for McAfee (and despite...

Google helps found M-Lab to identify ISPs who throttle torrents

Google has joined with the Open Technology Institute to help identify which ISPs are restricting peer-to-peer traffic, launching M-Lab to help users discover whether or not they're being affected. One of the tools M-Lab will use is Glasnost, a java applet that initiates a torrent transfer between a user's pc and the remote testing server. It compares the results to the speed of a normal transfer...

Comcast launches yet another way to pay for movie downloads

Comcast has added a video download store to its Fancast online video site. Up until now, Fancast featured free streaming video from sites like Hulu and CBS video. Now you can pay to rent or purchase the same TV shows and movies, plus a wider selection of new releases and older videos. In other words, the Fancast Store is a bit like Amazon Unbox. What's funny is that while Fancast started out as...

EFF launches tool to monitor ISPs for bad behavior

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is protecting your rights online again, this time with a tool called Switzerland. Switzerland lets you check your ISPs compliance with net neutrality, making sure they're not trying to shut down specific kinds of traffic, like BitTorrent and VOIP. Naturally, Switzerland is Open Source. It's also a command-line tool, and still in alpha, so it's not...

Fancast snags full length Colbert Report, Daily Show episodes

Comcast-owned media portal Fancast has announced that it will soon have full length streaming episodes of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and South Park. Up until now, if you wanted to get your Daily Show or Colbert Report fixes online, you had to check out clips with segments from the shows on their official websites, or hunt through YouTube. Fancast will be the first site we're aware of...

More acquisitions: Comcast buys Plaxo, Ask.com buys Dictionary.com

There must be something in the water this week. While the biggest new media acquisition story of the day has to be CBS buying CNET for $1.8 billion, big companies are swallowing up smaller ones left and right. Media company Comcast is buying social networking site Plaxo for something like $150 million, while Ask.com is shelling out an undisclosed sum for Lexico, the company that runs...

Download Squad Week in Review

Been so busy trying to buy Pope bobble-head dolls on eBay that you've fallen behind on the week's software news? We've got your back. Here are some of our favorite stories from the past week. Comcast shuts down Dave Winer Ever wonder if those unlimited bandwidth internet service plans are really unlimited? Tech analyst Dave Winer found out the hard way that there's unlimited, and then there's...

Comcast shuts down Winer

Thanks to the recent BitTorrent debacle, Comcast has been far from Comcastic for many of its customers. Throttling customers for using technologies they deem too data intensive is pretty nasty, and the company has had to acquiesce and change its practices, but what happens when they disconnect your service (and threaten to keep you shut-down for 12-months) for "excessive usage" -- yet refuse to...

Comcast and BitTorrent make nice

Comcast has agreed to stop throttling BitTorrent traffic. Well, kind of. What Comcast is really promising is to develop a "capacity management technique that is protocol agnostic." In other words, Comcast still reserves the right to limit your downloads, but hopes to develop a method that will do this whether you're using a web browser, FTP client, or BitTorrent software. Gee, that makes us...

Time Warner's use-based pricing model to fuel the net neutrality issue

Net Neutrality is a subject that has impassioned internet enthusiasts and techies alike. However trying to get the broader public to take notice of the issue has been challenging. A few net neutrality bills have been brought up, but quickly fizzled out in Congress. Perhaps the fine Senators don't really understand the "Tubes". Or is it they and the public have had no real reason to care so far?...

The $1.77 trillion FCC fine for Comcast - Official inquiry begins

Last week, news broke that Comcast may be paying a steep FCC fine to the tune of $1.77 trillion dollars for throttling peer-to-peer traffic such as BitTorrent. Yesterday, Comcast confirmed that it has received official word that it is under the investigation of the FCC, but an FCC spokesman would not confirm the letter, saying that "Enforcement Bureau communications of this type were not to be...

Download Squad Week in Review

Disappointed by yet another underwhelming CES packed with expensive gadgets that don't do much more than last year's model? Fear not, we've been busy bringing you the best of free and cheap software. And unlike CES, Download Squad runs 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Here's some of what you might have missed if you were knee deep in UMPCs and HDTVs this week. Comcast could receive a hefty FCC...