With Neighb's 'Net Down, Super Holds TWC Node Hostage. Ransom: Free Cable

With Neighb's 'Net Down, Super Holds TWC Node Hostage. Ransom: Free Cable

In the middle of reports of widespread Time Warner Cable outages in New York’s East Village late this week, one building supervisor has decided to hold a local cable node hostage. This node controls cable and internet not just for his building, but several others on the block. His price for access? Free cable. [More]

Verizon Internet To Share Your Location With Advertisers So You'll Get Ads "Of More Interest"

Verizon Internet To Share Your Location With Advertisers So You'll Get Ads "Of More Interest"

As a favor to you, Verizon internet says they’re going to start sharing your local geographical location to advertisers so you’ll get ads “of more interest.” For instance, “a pizza chain may want to deliver their ad to give a special offer to people living in a particular area.” Here’s how to opt out. [More]

Time Warner Calls Back With Sweet Deal After Man Cancels

Time Warner Calls Back With Sweet Deal After Man Cancels

Another reader has written in to say that after they canceled their Time Warner service, the cable company turned around and offered them much better rates if they would stay. In both this one and the one earlier this week, Time Warner Cable said that because of “special circumstances,” they were able to offer a sweet retention deal. In this case, $67/month for two years, down from $150. [More]

Squirrels Do 17% Of The Damage To Fiber Optic Networks

Squirrels Do 17% Of The Damage To Fiber Optic Networks

Turns out the common squirrel has an uncommon propensity for nibbling through the nation’s fiber optic cables. Level 3 Communications, which operates much of the cables that provide the internet’s backbone in the US, say that 17% of the damage to its network comes from squirrels chewing on the lines. No one is quite sure why they like fiber optic cable so much. [More]

Boost Your WiFi Signal With A Beer Can

Boost Your WiFi Signal With A Beer Can

Stressed out because your WiFi is too slow to get your work done? Crack open a cold one. Then dry it, slice it, and mount it on your router’s antennae. That’s right, you can boost your wifi just by doing some simple surgery on a beer can. [More]

Get Help In Comcast Direct Forums

Get Help In Comcast Direct Forums

Another place where you can get help with your issues with Comcast is in the Comcast Direct forums over at the Broadband Reports message boards. [More]

Comcast Denies Man Internet For A Year For Breaking Data Cap

Comcast Denies Man Internet For A Year For Breaking Data Cap

There’s been a lot of ballyhoo about ISPs setting caps on how much data you can use, but here’s a story from a guy who actually broke the cap. And now Comcast has shut off his internet for a year as punishment. [More]

I Should Never Have Given Comcast A Second Chance

I Should Never Have Given Comcast A Second Chance

After leaving Comcast because of their prices, John tried to come back to try and get some faster internet. But despite being a prior customer, nobody could give it to him because they couldn’t verify his address. Even though this address had already received service in his name. Neither the online order system, chatroom CSR, local office, nor a regional salesperson could help. Shrug, what’s one dissatisfied customer when you have a virtual monopoly? [More]

Internet Overlords Vote To Allow .YourNameHere Domains

Internet Overlords Vote To Allow .YourNameHere Domains

Instead of just the regular .com and org addresses, the guys who run the internet have voted to allow the creation of .AnythingYouWantHere domain names. Just about any word in the English language, or any brand name, will be allowed to be turned into a top-level domain name under the program known as ” gTLD” or “Generic Top Level Domain.” [More]

Help The FTC Update Its Guidance For Internet Advertisers

Help The FTC Update Its Guidance For Internet Advertisers

The Federal Trade Commission has announced plans to update its “Dot Com Disclosures,” the guidelines it uses to tell businesses how federal advertising laws apply to the internet. The document was originally published in 2000, and the FTC admits that the “online world has changed dramatically” since then. [More]

White Castle Now Taking Online Orders

White Castle Now Taking Online Orders

Ever in the technological vanguard — witness the science behind their square burgers and those drop-down ketchup hose thingies — White Castle yesterday announced they are taking online orders. Call it the iCrave? [More]

How Do You Convince The Cable Co To Lay Broadband To A Semirural Area?

How Do You Convince The Cable Co To Lay Broadband To A Semirural Area?

Like many Americans, Liv and her neighbors are cut off from high-speed broadband access because they live in an area that the cable company says is too far for them to run lines to. She says she’s spent a few years trying to convince them but hasn’t made any headway, even getting the neighbors to band together and say they would all agree to service. What can she do to change AT&T or Comcast’s mind, or can she even and would she be better off with a DIY solution? [More]

Man Who Torched Car To Save Home Ends Up In Court

Man Who Torched Car To Save Home Ends Up In Court

A Utah man had a bold plan, which we told you about last year. His house was going into foreclosure unless he could come up with $21,638.02 to pay HSBC. So he announced to the world that he would burn his car and post the video online in exchange for donations. He raised about $15,000 and even sold $1,200 worth of advertising on the side of the car. He tried to work with local fire departments to get them to let him burn the car, to no avail. So he did it on public land and now he’s in court and getting fined, reports KSL. [More]

Guy Tries To Give Up Cable, Wimps Out In Under A Month

Guy Tries To Give Up Cable, Wimps Out In Under A Month

A Cnet editor and his wife tried to “cut the cord” and ditch his pricey FiOs cable bundle, and either get their content free or through online downloads. Less than a month later, he’s back on the sauce. What a milksop! [More]

FCC Ruling On Net Neutrality Is A Big Compromise

FCC Ruling On Net Neutrality Is A Big Compromise

The FCC has ruled on net neutrality and offered up a compromise solution: ISPs can’t throttle fixed line computer users based on what kind of content they’re accessing, but wireless providers can. [More]

Comcast Suffers Major Midwest Outage

Comcast Suffers Major Midwest Outage

Another major outage hit Comcast customers, this time in the Midwest. Like the outage that occurred exactly a week ago on the East Coast, this one too started on a Sunday and involved their DNS servers being down. [More]

Verizon's New 4G LTE Network Hits 21 Mbps In PC Mag Test

Verizon's New 4G LTE Network Hits 21 Mbps In PC Mag Test

A PC Mag reporter tested out Verizons’ new 4G LTE Network and maxed out at 21 Mbps in his home test. Of course, no one else is on the network right now, which hits streets December 5th, but that’s a pretty sweet rate for shoveling data through the air (in America at least). Verizon is also keeping your monthly cap pretty darn low, and expensive. [More]

FTC Proposes "Do Not Track" Option For Web Browsing

FTC Proposes "Do Not Track" Option For Web Browsing

Wary of surfing the web because you don’t want any of your information or browsing habits being shared with the world? The folks at the Federal Trade Commission apparently understand your concerns and have proposed new regulations that would let users decide which sites and advertisers can track their online behavior. [More]