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30
Oct

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

22
Oct

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

13
Oct

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: http://data.fcc.gov/

06
Oct

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

22
Sep

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

26
Aug

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,

14
Aug

Net Neutrality

Net neutrality has been in the news a lot the past few years and is an important and heated debate, but do you really know what it means? To start, the term came from a Columbia University professor named Tim Wu. The Federal Communications Commission is at the heart of the debate and I think they have one of the best explanations: “The ‘Open Internet’ is the Internet as we know it. It's open because it uses free, publicly available standards that anyone can access and build to, and it treats all traffic that flows across the network in

31
Mar

netBlazr Granted its First Patent

New delivery system has potential to revolutionize Internet delivery The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded netBlazr with its first patent, US #8,667,148, for a process that allows network nodes to auto-configure, allowing for a "one-click" sign-on process.  This patented process will be key in netBlazr’s efforts to develop several new products and service delivery concepts that we expect will revolutionize neighborhood networking and the delivery of Internet services in urban areas. The patent explains how to auto-configure a network node that a consumer would buy and hang in their window, a technology currently in development.  The network node