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The Latest on Internet Privacy

Congress has passed, and President Trump is about to sign, a bill repealing the FCC’s landmark internet privacy rules, passed in October of 2016. Last year’s rules limited how Internet providers could use and sell customer data, while asserting that consumers have a right to control their personal information. This new development will have no…

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Voice over IP.. Another way to Cut the Cable

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…

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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…

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Brough’s take on 100 years of monopoly phone service

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Kingsbury Commitment which effectively established AT&T, a.k.a. The Bell System, as a government sanctioned monopoly. It was on December 19, 1913 that AT&T agreed to an out-of-court settlement of a US Government’s anti-trust challenge. In return for the government agreeing not to pursue its case, AT&T agreed to sell its controlling…

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Lower Roxbury and Dudley Square get Better Broadband

netBlazr continued its expansion into Roxbury by adding a repeater in the Madison Park area.  Affordable broadband is now available to businesses and residents of the Lower Roxbury and Dudley Square neighborhoods.  This is an historically under-served community, so people are thrilled to have the netBlazr option available. netBlazr is providing free backhaul service to the Madison…

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RadioBoston: Low-Speed, High-Priced Broadband

Great interview on RadioBoston with Susan Crawford who discusses how a handful of American cable companies have a stranglehold on high-speed internet service. That monopoly leads to slower speeds, higher prices, and less competition.   http://radioboston.wbur.org/2013/01/29/broadband This discussion is one of the many reasons why netBlazr came into existence.  In our own way, we are making a…

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Streaming Music Demands More Bandwidth

With the market for physical CDs on the decline, there has been a drastic jump in the sales of digital music. Researchers are predicting that in 2012, 3.4 of the 6.4 billion music customers will purchase digital music copies.  This means that the amount of bandwidth being used to download and stream music/videos is skyrocketing. …

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Common Causes for Internet Outages

Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons you may find yourself sitting behind a computer screen, unable to load a webpage or send an email… Failed link to internet provider: A failed link can be from a storm that causes power outages or construction/ animals that disrupt wiring.  With so many…

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netBlazr Featured on Boston Neighborhood News

netBlazr Co-founder and CEO Jim Hanley was interviewed in a segment that aired on Monday on the Boston Neighborhood News Network. Jim focused on the internet duopoly and how it impacts small and medium-sized businesses, while sharing our vision for a Boston internet cooperative. Check out the full interview online

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