Boston—April 10, 2015—netBlazr, the fastest, most affordable Internet access for home and business in Boston, today announced that it has secured $675,000 in a funding round from a group of local individual angel investors. “With a market ever more knowledgeable and accepting of cable unbundling, the time was right for a strategic raise to support increased sales and marketing,” said Jim Hanley, netBlazr’s co-founder and CEO. “In addition, we’re making significant investments in new fiber-speed services and expanding our network coverage to more Boston area neighborhoods.” David Abrams, a private investor who also participated in netBlazr’s first round of funding, was attracted


Brough gave a talk on Internet Peering at last year's Optical conference, OFC 2014 in San Francisco. With all the debate over net neutrality, it's more relevant than ever. Here's a draft of a paper he wrote to go along with his presentation. Impact of Internet Peering on Network Architectures and Economics Brough Turner netBlazr Inc., 218 Lincoln St, MA 02134 USA brough at netblazr dot com Abstract:  The Internet backbone consists of ~6000 independent networks.  The technology and economics of how these networks exchange data drives the location of data centers and the location and utilization of high capacity fiber links.  We explain


Dear James, Thank you for contacting me about the Supreme Court's decision in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo. As you may know, the Supreme Court of the United States held in a 6-3 decision that Aereo violated broadcasters' copyrights in providing a service that let subscribers watch local broadcast television through the Internet using small antennas stored with the company. It is not surprising that consumers are gravitating toward innovative services like Aereo that are relatively new in a space that is largely controlled by traditional entertainment and subscription TV companies.  According to data from the American Customer Service Index, subscription TV companies, including


Wispapalooza, the largest annual broadband industry conference, was held in Las Vegas, NV this year from October 11th to the 17th. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai gave the keynote address, talking about WISPs and how their innovation does more than provide people with internet access, but also changes lives. In his address he mentioned netBlazr saying: "And these days, wireless Internet technology is bringing its promise to cities as well.  Take netBlazr, a WISP which operates under the tagline “Free your broadband.”  netBlazr offers a competitive alternative to traditional wireline service in cities like Boston, where many buildings have not yet been


Avoid Getting Caught Up in the Numbers Game

People love numbers and they especially love hearing about the fastest speeds, but what do the numbers really mean? At what point do these super high speeds that marketers are pushing start getting negligible? From FCC research we know that web browsing benefits from increased speed, but tapers off around 6Mbps (graph below). In their 2014 report, the FCC even states: The data indicate that a consumer subscribing to a 10 Mbps speed tier is unlikely to experience a significant performance increase in basic web browsing my moving to a higher speed tier source:


Voice over IP or VoIP is a way to use your Internet service for making phone calls. Phone calls are converted into data and are sent through the Internet just like an e-mail would. It is perfect for people who want to cut the cable and stop being forced into getting bundles from the phone-internet-television monopolies. They almost all require a little box that connects to your home phone to be able to receive Internet but other than that there is no extra installation. We’ve highlighted a few of the higher rated residential services below, but there are a bunch


People are moving away from traditional television options and moving towards streaming services, but it can be hard to pick the right streaming device, there are over 70 different ones on the market! To make the transition a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the more popular ones and added our recommendations: Apple TV Price: $100 Resolution: 1080p Key apps: Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, HBO Go Storage: None on device Other: No Amazon app, but streams music and video from iTunes, as well as content from iPhones and iPads. Networking: Dual-band compatible Recommendation: Buy! Nexus Player Price: $99 Resolution: 1080p Key apps: YouTube, Google Play, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora Storage: 8


Can I mount an antenna on my roof?

“I really want to get netBlazr for my apartment, but my landlord said it’s illegal to mount an antenna and that I will be fined by the city for it, what are my options?” There are actually no laws prohibiting the placement of rooftop antennas in Boston, even in the historical districts of the city. Architectural guidelines (Back Bay, South End, and Beacon Hill)  state that the use of master antennas is encouraged, the antenna should be as close to the middle of the roof as possible,