U.S. says its Internet speeds triple in three-and-a-half years

Cablevision led with average download speeds of 60 Mbps, followed by Verizon and Charter

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Internet connection speeds have tripled over 3-1/2 years to keep up with consumer demands for streaming video and downloading content but the United States still lags many other countries.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report on Wednesday average download connection speeds had increased to nearly 31 megabits per second (Mbps) in September 2014 from about 10 Mbps in March 2011.

Rising Internet speeds have been driven by consumer demands for growing amounts of bandwidth to watch movies, play video games and download data.

Telus shares sunk by rival Shaw's move on Wind

Deal would enable Shaw to bundle Internet, TV and landline with an established wireless product

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Cable company Shaw Communications Inc gutpunched its main telecom rival with a surprise offer to buy wireless operator Wind Mobile, sinking shares in Telus Corp on Thursday amid competition fears.

Telus fell to its lowest since early 2014 as analysts cheered Shaw's move, which if completed, would give Wind more financial heft to expand its network and provides Shaw with an established wireless product to bundle with its Internet, television and landline services.

FCC wants details on AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile data plans

'Net Neutrality' requires broadband providers to treat all data equally, banning 'fast lane'

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it asked major Internet providers to answer questions on policies aimed at offering consumers free data by using preferred services and whether they violate the government’s net neutrality rules.

The FCC unveiled rules earlier this year requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web "fast lane."

U.S. top court rules for DirecTV in arbitration case

Class action law suits in 2008 asserted that company violated state law by imposing cancellation fees

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled for DirecTV Inc, backing the satellite television provider's efforts to enforce arbitration agreements signed by its customers in California.

Consumer advocates have criticized the increased use of such arbitration agreements that they contend deny customers the opportunity to vindicate their rights in court.

New York attorney general solicits help from the public in broadband probe

Part of ongoing probe into whether providers may be short-changing customers with slower-than-advertised speeds

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman invited the public on Sunday to test the speed of their Internet and submit the results online as part of an ongoing probe into whether large providers may be short-changing customers with slower-than-advertised speeds.

The office launched an investigation into Verizon Communications Inc, Cablevision Systems Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc in October over the issue.

Verizon weighing $10 billion sale of enterprise assets

According to sources, sale would include the former MCI and data center unit Terremark

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc is exploring a sale of its enterprise assets which could be worth as much as $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, as the largest U.S. wireless carrier seeks to focus on its core business.

The sale would include the business formerly known as MCI, which provides landline and Internet services for large business customers, as well as Terremark, its data center unit, the people said this week.

Altice's customer woes in Europe stoke concern ahead of its U.S. foray

Cost cuts planned in U.S. where it would be the No. 4 cable operator if Cablevision and Suddenlink deals approved

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cable and communications company Altice NV is battling subscriber losses and investor impatience on its home turf in Europe, raising concerns it could have a lot on its plate as it gears up to acquire Cablevision Systems Corp and Suddenlink Communications Inc in the United States.

On Wednesday, Altice reported worse-than-expected third-quarter results, sending shares down 10 percent. Executives said they have raised spending on marketing to acquire customers and will continue at that level in coming quarters.

New York probes broadband speeds

Attorney general's investigation focuses on interconnection arrangements, and last mile

Reuters

(Reuters) - The New York attorney general is probing whether three major Internet providers could be short-changing consumers by charging them for faster broadband speeds and failing to deliver the speeds being advertised, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The letters, which were sent on Friday to executives at Verizon Communications Inc, Cablevision Systems Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, ask each company to provide copies of all the disclosures they have made to customers, as well as copies of any testing they may have done to study their Internet speeds.

FCC sets bid prices, application filing dates in airwaves auction

Applications to participate in the reverse auction must be filed in early December

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday released opening bid prices for its airwaves auction in a public notice and also set the dates for broadcasters to file applications for the auction.

Internet gap hinders small firms in poor countries, study shows

Examined 38 indicators to gauge business environment and firms' capacity to 'compete, connect and change'

Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - A study of small and medium-sized businesses around the world has found that one of the main reasons they underperform - especially in poorer countries - is that they make too little use of the Internet.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil are three times less productive than big firms there while those in India are 10 times less productive. The report published on Wednesday by the International Trade Center, a joint venture of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, aimed to find out why.

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