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Ting sets Sandpoint, Idaho as its next 1 Gbps broadband target

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

If Ting sees enough interest in service after completing its “demand assessment” phase, Ting says that network construction will begin later this year.

Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and other large telcos like AT&T (NYSE: T) have gained national attention for their 1 Gbps FTTH builds in major cities like Atlanta and Austin, Texas. But Ting said its goal is to bring similar capabilities to areas like Sandpoint where the population is less than 10,000 people.

“While it’s obviously very important to get major metros connected with fast fiber Internet, Ting Internet is proving that the fastest Internet access available isn’t just for city centers,” said Elliot Noss, CEO of Ting and its parent company Tucows. “Smaller cities and towns need faster, more reliable Internet too. Maybe even more so.”

Sandpoint will be the fourth area where Ting offers its FTTH service.

In early 2015, Ting launched FTTH service Charlottesville, Va. followed by Westminster, Md., later that year. In early 2016, Ting Internet began demand generation and assessment in Holly Springs, N.C.

Although network installation costs vary by location, Ting said they are not more than $200 for a home or $400 for an individual business. The Ting Internet Box, which doubles as a high speed wireless router, costs $199 up front or a user can pay $9 a month for the device.

Eligible residential customers can get a 1 Gbps connection for $89, while business services are available for $139 a month. The service provider is also offer a symmetrical 5 Mbps service for $19 a month.

Ting is taking its 1 Gbps FTTH show to the Sandpoint, Idaho area with plans to offer the service to residents in the communities of Sandpoint, Dover, Ponderay and Kootenai.Similar to the way it launched services in Holly Springs, N.C. and in Virginia, interested residents and businesses that reside in these towns can pre-order service by going to the site.The service provider said that pre-orders will impact not just when Ting starts bringing service to a town, but also where it will begin its network buildout.


Source: Ting sets Sandpoint, Idaho as its next 1 Gbps broadband target – FierceTelecom

Router Vulnerability Puts 12 Million Home and Business Routers at Risk!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

More than 12 million routers in homes and businesses around the world are vulnerable to a critical software bug that can be exploited by hackers to remotely monitor users’ traffic and take administrative control over the devices, from a variety of different manufacturers.The critical vulnerability actually resides in web server “RomPager” made by a company known as AllegroSoft, which is typically embedded into the firmware of router , modems and other “gateway devices” from about every leading manufacturer.

The HTTP server provides the web-based user-friendly interface for configuring the products.Researchers at the security software company Check Point have discovered that the RomPager versions prior to 4.34 — software more than 10 years old — are vulnerable to a critical bug, dubbed as Misfortune Cookie. The flaw named as Misfortune Cookie because it allows attackers to control the “fortune” of an HTTP request by manipulating cookies.HOW MISFORTUNE COOKIE FLAW WORKSThe vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2014-9222 in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database, can be exploited by sending a single specifically crafted request to the affected RomPager server that would corrupt the gateway device’s memory, giving the hacker administrative control over it. Using which, the attacker can target any other device on that network.

“Attackers can send specially crafted HTTP cookies [to the gateway] that exploit the vulnerability to corrupt memory and alter the application and system state,” said Shahar Tal, malware and vulnerability research manager with Check Point. “This, in effect, can trick the attacked device to treat the current session with administrative privileges – to the misfortune of the device owner.Once attackers gain the control of the device, they could monitor victims’ web browsing, read plaintext traffic traveling over the device, change sensitive DNS settings, steal account passwords and sensitive data, and monitor or control Webcams, computers, or other network connected devices.

MAJOR ROUTERS & GATEWAY BRANDS VULNERABLEAt least 200 different models of gateway devices, or small office/home office SOHO routers from various manufacturers and brands are vulnerable to Misfortune Cookie, including kit from D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE, and ZyXEL.

via Router Vulnerability Puts 12 Million Home and Business Routers at Risk – Hacker News.

US senator urges FCC net neutrality hearings outside Washington | Reuters

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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The FCC is working to write new so-called "net neutrality" rules that regulate how Internet service providers ISPs manage traffic on their networks. In January, a federal court struck down their previous version.More than 1 million comments have poured into the FCC on the issue, many of them in opposition to the rules tentatively proposed by the FCC. The proposed rules, while prohibiting ISPs from blocking any content, suggest allowing some "commercially reasonable" deals where content providers could pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic.The FCC is now planning six roundtable discussions in September and October at its offices in Washington, where the public can meet with FCC staff to talk about the proposed rules and how they may be changed.Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, urged to expand the FCC’s roundtables to other parts of the country, which the FCC has done in the past on other controversial issues such as changes to the rules restricting who can own how many and what kinds of media outlets in local markets."Most of those who had commented on the proposed rules online will not be able to come to Washington to participate in the roundtables that have been scheduled, but their voices are more important than industry lobbyists and Members of Congress," Leahy wrote to Wheeler.

via US senator urges FCC net neutrality hearings outside Washington | Reuters.

Test Your ISP’s Video Quality With YouTube Tool |

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

It’s super annoying when all you want to do is watch a simple YouTube video, and it’s taking forever to load. When this happens, you might be quick to blame the Google-owned video giant, but you might instead want to direct your rage towards your Internet service provider.

But how are you supposed to know, exactly, whether your ISP is capable of delivering crisp HD-quality video or crappy low-definition performance? Google has the answer. The Web giant on Thursday released a new tool called the , which lets you find out how your ISP’s video-streaming capabilities stack up to other service providers in your area.

The report measures the speed at which video travels from YouTube’s servers to your screen, and rates ISPs on three levels: HD Verified, Standard Definition, or Lower Definition. The ratings are based on anonymized data from billions of YouTube videos watched across thousands of ISPs.

Providers will receive a top-notch “HD Verified” rating if they can “consistently deliver HD video, a resolution of at least 720p, without buffering or interruptions.” A Standard Definition rating means the provider is delivering videos at a resolution of at least 360p, with “moderate” load times. Those delivering videos at resolutions lower than 360p that are slow to load and frequently buffer will receive the “Lower Definition” rating.

via Test Your ISP’s Video Quality With YouTube Tool | News & Opinion |

ISPs Slap Customers With 1.3m Copyright Alerts

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

More than 1.3 million piracy warnings have been issued during the first ten months of the ‘six strikes’ Copyright Alert System (CAS) in the US.
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Last February, five internet providers – Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon Communications and Cablevision Systems – started sending alerts to customers suspected of illegally sharing or downloading content. These alerts follow a graduated system, starting with a warning and escalating to ‘final mitigation’ – bandwidth throttling, site restriction or educational classes, depending on the ISP.

According to a report from the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), 70 percent of the alerts set out represented ‘the initial educational stages’ with only three percent leading to final mitigation – although the newness of the scheme means that there must be many more in the pipeline.

“We are encouraged by the initial data from the Copyright Alert System’s first 10 months suggesting that the program has the potential to move the needle in deterring copyright infringement,” says Jill Lesser, executive director of the CCI.

via ISPs Slap Customers With 1.3m Copyright Alerts.

FCC’s Latest Network Neutrality Proposal Not Fair to Consumers

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing new rules for the Internet that have significant implications for how all of us access and pay for content online. Under the FCC’s proposal, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would be allowed to negotiate with content providers to collect a fee for faster delivery.

For instance, popular movie service Netflix recently agreed to pay Comcast (the largest ISP in the U.S.) for faster delivery of its video stream. Netflix has since complained to the FCC that its arrangement with Comcast (and a similar one it reached with Verizon) goes against the principle of network neutrality.

Advocates for network neutrality believe that all Internet content, no matter the type (video, text, etc.) or who created it, should be treated the same in the transfer process. This means that there is a single market for ISPs in which subscribers pay for access (and varying levels of speed), and those subscribers can then access any lawful content or service available online.

However, the FCC’s recent proposal gives ISPs like Comcast what they’ve wanted for awhile — a two-sided market — as content providers (like Netflix) would also pay ISPs to reach costumers faster on the “last mile” of the connection that the ISP provides. So even if you (the customer) pay your ISP for the maximum speed possible, if the content you want doesn’t pay the same ISP for preferential treatment it gets put into a slow lane no matter how much you are paying for service or speed.

via FCC’s Latest Network Neutrality Proposal Not Fair to Consumers.