Internet Service Providers Can’t Use Targeted Adverts Without Customers Permission

When you go online, you will often find yourself surrounded by targeted adverts that seem to want you browsing every site and buying every product on the planet. More often than not you will find that these products and sites somehow know about what you’ve been looking at. Targeted adverts have long been the pain of many people, with information about you being used in selling you everything under the sun. This may change though with Internet Service Providers being told they can’t target ads without customers permission in recent legislation.

ISP’s are the central point for all your internet traffic, with everything you do online going through their systems. From your location in the world to the very content of your websites (including medical or financial details). While the new legislation, targeted adverts wouldn’t be illegal but instead the data used to create them would be more heavily controlled, not by the companies but by the people the data is about.

AT&T currently do this, offering a $29 discount per month if their customers agree to data collection and targeted ads. With the Federal Communications Commission looking to hear the public’s opinion about being charged for not opting into targeted ads, you may get a little bit of control back over your details.

Sony-backed ISP launches fastest internet connection for a home user with 2Gbps speed


So-net Entertainment, Japanese internet service provider backed by Sony, has launched their ‘Nuro’ fiber-based 2Gbps Internet surface, most likely the fastest internet connection in the world for home use. The company uses a service called Gigabit-capable Optics network (GPON) which allows 2.488 Gbps downstream.

The connection started on Monday, and it will provided to homes, apartments and even small businesses in Tokyo and six prefectures. The connection will cost U.S. $51 per month with a 2 year contract, followed by Approx. U.S. $535 as Installation fee which is currently waived off those who apply for the connection via online, which will include optical network unit which is designed to handle high speeds.
The user will be getting an upload speed of 1 Gbps.

The Japanese government has been strongly promoting fiber connections for residences, therefore making them as one of the world leaders for fiber connections. About 25% of the residences in the country use the fiber, which makes it second highest rate in the world to adopt this connection type. UAE starts at #1 spot with over 70%. Most of the population in Tokyo reside in very small apartments, therefore making it easier for the companies to install fiber services. As of now, providing 1Gbps connection is very common.

ONU are used in homes and small business to convert fiber to broadband internet as the speed exceeds the bandwidth throughput of most consumer-grade network adapters, therefore the end users are unlikely to see 2Gbps speeds.

Source: PC World

AT&T ‘Promises’ To Bring 1 Gbps To Austin after Google’s Official Announcement


Google Fiber’s implementation in Austin was recently announced, but AT&T has decided to follow Google with the 1 Gbps connection PR bandwagon. AT&T has put up their press release where they say that they are prepared to offer advanced fiber optic which can provide 1 Gbps.

AT&T further added the following statement “Today, AT&T announced that in conjunction with its previously announced Project VIP expansion of broadband access, it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. AT&T’s expanded fiber plans in Austin anticipate it will be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives.”

One will be skeptical, but one would expect at the very least that AT&T may offer few FTTH (Fiber to the home) to a selected number of users- or maybe do offer actual fiber to many of its home users, but it won’t be surprising if the network provider decides to cap these lines as AT&T is well-known to do for a very long time. There’s a questionable remark by the company on the press release where it said that upgrades are “not expected to materially alter AT&T’s anticipated 2013 capital expenditures.” Its not possible to have a network infrastructure with a fiber unless one spends money, therefore this should be some form of expenditure.

However AT&T so far has plans which has problems to keep up with cable, let alone fiber. Its been found that AT&T is barely able to provide 5 Mbps connection to many of their customers. To add further, AT&T is mostly concentrating on wireless internet access and large investor returns. So many would see this attempt by AT&T and their promise to provide 1 Gbps fiber connection at the time when Google is offering the same nothing more than hitch-hiking Google’s thunder and PR impact, which could affect AT&T’s DSL customers .

Source: DSL Reports

Google Fiber May Come To Austin, Texas.


Google and the City of Austin are apparently going to hold a meeting next week for an announcement as both has given away invitations to various media, but both have not provided any details about the reason for the event.

As it says on the invitation itself:

On Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m., the City of Austin and Google will make a very important announcement that will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city. We anticipate more than 100 community leaders and elected officials to be in attendance to celebrate this announcement. The event invitation is attached for your convenience. Although we cannot share the details of the announcement with you in advance, we know readers will want to learn more, so we encourage you to join us on Tuesday.

For those who aren’t aware about it yet, Google offers Google Fiber that provides download and upload speeds 100 times more than what consumers in United State get access to at the much lesser prices in comparison with the established internet service providers. Its because of there, there has been an increase of newer tech startup companies in Kansas City.

It was first established in Kansas City in July, which then encourages Time Warner Cable to changer their offer plans. Most likely until now, Kansas City is the only place with Google Fiber. Since Eric Schmidt clarified that isn’t their side project, its only a matter of time that other cities will get to enjoy such service in the near future.

Austin City is not only favourable to many tech startups, but also is a home to many well known tech companies such as Dell, Intel, Samsung and National Computers. The implementation of Google Fiber’s service will boost the city’ favourable conditions for a startup.

According to VentureBeat’s sources, it is being said that the announcement is most likely involves the implementation of Google’s superfast broadband internet service ‘Google Fiber’ in Austin. There is also a possibility of Google opening up a campus in Austin or some sort of partnership that involves the city and one of Google’s service. In any case, it will be involving the city-wide local community.

Source: Venture Beat