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Phone foolery: Caught between a malcontent and a merger

After a company takeover, cold shoulders and closed ranks greet a techie trying to figure out the phone and Internet bills

10 cities delivering high-speed Internet to their communities

Municipal broadband faces challenges from the big telcos, but 1-Gig Internet adoption is growing nonetheless

Gigabit Wi-Fi case study: Erickson Living upgrades to 802.11ac

A retirement community plans on retiring wired networks in individual residential units

Big carriers go political to kill local broadband

Major telcos are afraid that locally owned FTTH deployments will cut into their fat profits, so they seek to cripple competitors

Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018

Wearables will affect mobile traffic, too, but it's hard to predict by how much

MacBook Pro delivers blazing speed in Gigabit Wi-Fi test

In a test of three smartphones and two laptops, all five products validate the superior throughput of 802.11ac

Old-school Wi-Fi is slowing down networks, Cisco says

Cisco engineers propose standards change to pare down traffic sent using old, slow forms of Wi-Fi that clog channels

Fon working with Qualcomm to expand Wi-Fi hotspots

The free Wi-Fi aggregator has also received new funding from the chip maker as well as from Google and Deutsche Telekom

Cisco promises to fix admin backdoor in some routers

The company plans to release firmware updates to remove the undocumented feature by the end of the month

Default settings leave external hard drives connected to Asus routers wide open

Private files can be accessed over the Internet by anyone with basic knowledge

More unlicensed spectrum could be on the horizon, FCC chairman says

If forthcoming spectrum auctions make more space available, it could allow the IT industry to develop new communications services

Riverbed may go private in a $3 billion deal

An investment company wants to acquire the WAN optimization vendor

The 5 mobile technologies to watch in 2014

64-bit apps, motion coprocessors, iBeacons, Miracast, and MBaaS all could be on the brink of achieving great things

San Francisco gives its main street free Wi-Fi, eyes citywide service

The outdoor network was built using donated equipment from Ruckus Wireless

Enterasys buy puts Extreme in networking's big leagues

Following acquisition, company goes up against likes of Juniper, Huawei, and Dell in competition for Ethernet switching

Researchers find way to increase range of wireless frequencies in smartphones

Results could lead to lower-cost components and better radio signals

Cisco weighs in for multi-gigabit addition to Wi-Fi

The wireless LAN giant is partnering with WiGig chip maker Wilocity to integrate the technology with Wi-Fi into enterprise infrastructures

Security by default takes one step forward, two back

The out-of-the-box security settings for Apple's new iPhone 5s are just the latest example of security innovations becoming security liabilities

Back to the past: BlackBerry founders consider buying the beleaguered company

Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin own 8 percent of BlackBerry and are weighing a purchase of all or part of the companys shares

Akamai to partner with Cisco for world's first enterprise WAN

The companies aim to provide a secure, high-quality service for both public and private cloud applications

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