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GOP strikes back: Republican bill would overturn FCC municipal broadband decision

The new legislation would prevent the agency from moving forward with its decision to preempt state laws restricting city broadband.

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Net neutrality passes FCC, will apply to mobile too

The new FCC rules will also apply to mobile as well, Chairman Tom Wheeler said. They will almost certainly be challenged by large telcos and broadband ISPs, however.

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FCC overturns state laws limiting municipal broadband

Republican commissioners say the agency's action will likely be overturned by U.S. courts.

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Bluetooth starts weaving its mesh for IoT

Low-power Bluetooth devices should get a standard way to organize themselves in networks next year

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New chips make Wi-Fi more maker-friendly

The goal is to make adding Wi-Fi connectivity to DIY smart devices much easier.

Experimental networking tech beams data across the room with light

Oxford University researchers develop a way to transmit data across a room at 100-gigabit speeds using a beam of light. The Flash would be impressed.

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Call it 802.11baaa: Rural broadband experiment could use sheep as Wi-Fi hotspots

Yes, wandering sheep with Wi-Fi collars could form mesh networks, to bring truly organic, free-range Wi-Fi to wide swaths of isolated countryside.

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After Wheeler unveils proposal, what's next for net neutrality?

Expect Republicans to push for their bill in Congress and broadband providers to sue in the coming months

FCC redefines advanced broadband as 25 Mbps; Republicans blow a gasket

The agency's higher speed definition allows it to take new actions to encouarge deployment. But Republicans on the commission went a little nuts.

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TV makers look beyond HDMI, propose new Super MHL connector for 8K video

Some of the biggest consumer electronics companies plan to replace HDMI on future TV sets

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Broadcom, Comcast prep for gigabit cable service to begin in 2015

Move over, Google Fiber. Broadcom has begun sampling its first cable modem chip supporting DOCSIS 3.1, the technology that will enable gigabit cable Internet service in 2015. Comcast has already signed on.

Supercharged Wi-Fi sparks Ethernet standard showdown

The IEEE is just starting to tackle 2.5G/5G Ethernet, and two groups think they have the answers

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Linksys jumps into the 4x4 and tri-band Wi-Fi frays with its new E8350 and EA9200 routers

The E8350 and EA9200 join the WRT 1900AC. Confused by the company’s E, EA, and WRT branding? We’ll sort it out for you.