Today, in a thoroughly nerdy ceremony in Miami, the last five blocks of IPv4 addresses were handed out. That's sparked a lot of concern: The internet as we know it is out of space! The next evolution of Internet Protocol, IPv6, is largely unusable! Panic in the virtual streets! But that's all a bit misleading, at least for now. Here's what's really going on.
After a bitter five year debate, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to pass a set of net neutrality rules at a meeting today that draw a stark distinction between wireline and wireless internet, scoring a measured victory for net neutrality advocates but spelling uncertainty for the future of the web. On the one hand, traditional hard-line internet providers will be prohibited from blocking or reducing access to any sites or applications.
Good news for BitTorrent users -- a new MIT study says the nation's broadband network is in better shape than Uncle Sam thinks it is.
The Federal Communications Commission released a National Broadband Plan back in March, which included the frustrating and surprising statement that most Americans' broadband speed is half what service providers advertise.
Want to know how fast your broadband connection is? So does Uncle Sam. With a new volunteer program, now you can both find out.
The Federal Communications Commission is hoping 10,000 Americans will sign up for a service that monitors broadband use, giving users — and the government — data about speed, availability and technical topics like packet loss.
UK netizens may find their online activities under ever-greater scrutiny in the near future. The UK government has pushed ahead with a proposal to require monitoring of Internet usage, including social networks such as Facebook and conversations within online games.
The new UK law would require communication firms to hold records of who contacted whom, rather than the actual contents of online conversation. About £2 billion ($3.34 billion) would go toward compensating the firms for the technical challenge of collecting the data.