While Birmingham might be excited about fiber finally lighting up, other areas of Alabama have little to no internet access… yet. Thanks to a FCC program, Connect America, almost everyone in even rural areas of Alabama will have access to broadband. Continue reading “AT&T’s Fixed Wireless rollout begins its second stage”
Whatever you do, don’t use WiFi for a bit. A new revelation in computer security has shown that WiFi, no matter what device, is insecure and can be hacked: “if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected.” Enter key reinstallation attacks, called KRACK. Continue reading “Getting KRACKed: Use WiFi? Drop everything and read this now.”
What does broadband have to do with Birmingham? Continue reading “AT&T commits to bringing broadband to over 66,000 rural Alabamians”
You might have noticed that Netflix, Reddit, Kickstarter, Spotify, and a ton more websites added an element. Wondering what the Battle for the Net is? Read on, because it can (and probably will) affect what you are allowed to see on the internet. Continue reading “Net Neutrality, or why you don’t pay extra for Netflix”
By Wade Cline and JH Daniel
AT&T invested more than $1.1 billion in the company’s Alabama wireless and wired networks during 2014–2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
The idea of “smart cities” has been around even longer people have been using “smart” as a synonym for “connected.” All through popular media, the “grid” is becoming aware of its residents, helping them get to work faster, safer, and less stressfully. Sure, there are those inconvenient robot uprisings and security exploits, but those are all just plot points, right?
On Tuesday AT&T announced its plan to bring high-speed fiber Internet to Birmingham, with speeds “20X faster than the average cable customer.” According to a news release, customers will be able to “download 25 songs in 1 second or a 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.”
According to AL.com, “The service will cost $90 for one GB per second as a standalone service and is similar to another recently offered in Huntsville. It can be cheaper when bundled with other offers from AT&T.”
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