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TalkTalk laces up Sky Sports and broadband deal before new season 0

TalkTalk laces up Sky Sports and broadband deal before new season

Budget ISP TalkTalk has announced a new broadband and TV deal, bundling Sky Sports channels with unlimited services, ahead of the 2017/18 season. New customers have the option of taking TalkTalk’s up to 18Mbps Fast Broadband ADSL service (£19.95) with Sky Sports (£8.50), for a grand total of £28.45/month for 18 months. If you need more bandwidth, the Faster Fibre deal sees you getting TalkTalk’s up to 38Mbps VDSL service (£26.50) with Sky Sports (£8.50) for £35/month, again for 18 months.

Both of these deals come with a Huawei-made HG635 Super Router (dual band, WiFi AC, four gigabit Ethernet ports) included, and a TalkTalk TV box, running YouView 1 . While both boxes give you access to a streamlined catch-up service, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5, only the box you get with the Faster Fibre deal will let you record shows (up to 200 hours of SD content and 80 hours of HD content). Read next: ‘Alexa, record the Chelsea v Arsenal game’ – Amazon’s voice controls heading to YouView set-top boxes 2 Customers already on a fixed price deal will be able to add the channels can add the Sky Sports Boost for an extra £8.50/month.

The Sky Sports channels are ‘Boosts’, packs of channels which can be bolted on to any TalkTalk TV deal on a rolling basis; this means you’re only obliged to stay signed up for a month at a time, meaning you can cancel during the two off season months – paying £85 for ten months instead of £102 for a year, if Premier League football is mainly what you’re about. That said, you’re still unable to take any of the Sky Sports channels in HD 3 – let alone 4k – which might be a deal breaker for those who want to watch games at the highest possible resolution. Alternatively, if you don’t have a bleeding edge TV and you’re not bothered about the resolution so much, this money-saving deal might be what you’re after; TalkTalk’s bundles are cheaper than the nearest equivalent Sky, Virgin and BT deals, but you miss out on HD channels as standard, 100Mbps cable broadband and inclusive BT Sport channels.

You can choose to add BT Sport to TalkTalk TV, but this’ll set you back an extra £21.99/month.

References ^ TalkTalk TV box, running YouView (uk.pcmag.com) ^ ‘Alexa, record the Chelsea v Arsenal game’ – Amazon’s voice controls heading to YouView set-top boxes (uk.pcmag.com) ^ any of the Sky Sports channels in HD (uk.pcmag.com)

White House supports FCC plan to dismantle net neutrality 0

White House supports FCC plan to dismantle net neutrality

Protesters gathered in front of the US Capitol to tell lawmakers they want them to protect net neutrality regulation.  Demand Progress The White House on Tuesday got behind the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to roll back net neutrality regulations. “We support the FCC chair’s efforts to review and consider rolling back these rules, and believe that the best way to get fair rules for everyone is for Congress to take action and create regulatory and economic certainty,” said Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a White House press briefing 1 . In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal 2 to return broadband to its previous classification and wipe away existing net neutrality rules. The Obama-era rules were crafted to prevent broadband companies from favoring their own content over competitors’ services.

The regulations have been controversial 3 because the FCC changed the classification of broadband in order to treat it like a public utility. Broadband and wireless companies say the regulations impose on the internet an outdated law designed for the old telephone network. “The previous administration went about this the wrong way by imposing rules on ISPs through the FCC’s Title II rulemaking power,” said Sanders. In response to the planned overhaul, the FCC has received a record-breaking 7.4 million comments 4 .

Roughly 2 million of those comments were filed last Wednesday 5 , when thousands of activists, individuals and tech companies participated in an online “Day of Action” 6 in support of an open internet.  References ^ in a White House press briefing (www.whitehouse.gov) ^ introduced a proposal (www.cnet.com) ^ regulations have been controversial (www.cnet.com) ^ record-breaking 7.4 million comments (www.fcc.gov) ^ 2 million of those comments were filed last Wednesday (www.cnet.com) ^ participated in an online “Day of Action” (www.cnet.com)

Altice Pushes Gigabit Broadband to Additional Markets 0

Altice Pushes Gigabit Broadband to Additional Markets

Altice (the foreign owner of both Cablevision and Suddenlink) today announced that the company would be expanding its gigabit broadband services into four additional Suddenlink markets. According to Altice, customers in Batesville and El Dorado, Arkansas; Maryville, Missouri; and Conroe, Texas all have access to the company’s DOCSIS 3.0-based gigabit service. Users in those markets are also being informed that the company’s 75 Mbps and 100 Mbps tiers are being bumped to 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps, respectively.

The upgrades are part of the company’s continuation of upgrades that had already been underway at Suddenlink before Altice acquired the company. “Today’s announcement is the next step in Altice USA’s Operation GigaSpeed initiative to provide gigabit broadband service to our Suddenlink customers,” the company said of the announcement. “We are pleased that Suddenlink’s ultra-fast gigabit service is now available in all of the neighborhoods and to all of the households and businesses we serve throughout these four new ‘Gig Cities’.” Users in our forums 1 say they’re being told this service is 1 Gbps down, 50 Mbps up, costs $110 a month (plus a $35 technician/install fee) and comes with a 550 GB monthly cap . While Suddenlink imposes usage caps, Altice-owned Cablevision does not — and the company hasn’t indicated whether they’ll be applying caps company wide as the two ISPs are integrated. The DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades at Suddenlink will ultimately give way to full fiber to the home service.

Altice announced late last year 2 that the company would be skipping DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades and instead upgrading the majority of its existing Suddenlink and Cablevision customers to full fiber to the home service.

Indications are that the first customers to see these upgrades will likely be in New York 3 sometime later this year.

References ^ forums (www.dslreports.com) ^ announced late last year (www.dslreports.com) ^ New York (www.dslreports.com)