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January 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

CES 2014: Breakout year for 4K TV

We may have a solution to global warming at hand.

When things get too hot to bear, we can try bouncing the sun’s energy back into space by laying our flat-panel TVs, tablet computers and smartphones out on our roofs and yards.

A 4K TV presented at CES today by Panasonic. Image from Panasonic.

A 4K TV presented at CES today by Panasonic. Image from Panasonic.

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0 Comments | Topics: 4K TV, broadband, CES 2014

December 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Sprint-Clearwire deal: Time for a Bellevue HQ?

Sprint’s attempt to buyout Clearwire creates more uncertainty for the wireless industry in Puget Sound, but there could be a chance to make lemonade here. Thousands of jobs were in limbo last year when AT&T attempted to buy Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA. Hundreds more are in limbo at Clearwire, which has long been seen as an acquisition target….

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0 Comments | Topics: 4G LTE, Bellevue, broadband

May 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Comcast ups data caps, adds tiered pricing

Comcast – the nation’s biggest broadband provider – is announcing a big shift in the way it sells the service. The company’s adding tiered pricing for customers that exceed their monthly data allotment, an approach similar to that taken by wireless phone companies as they grapple with huge increases in data traffic. For now most Comcast customers…

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0 Comments | Topics: 300 gigabytes, broadband, Comcast

May 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Seattle pulls plug on broadband plan

Forget about Seattle’s grand plans for a city-sponsored, superfast broadband network. Seattle has quietly given up, ending nearly a decade of blue-ribbon commissions, reams of studies and public outreach. Since 2004, residents were tantalized by the prospect of affordable, fiber-optic service that would offset the near monopoly of Comcast and boost creativity, collaboration and innovation. The closest…

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March 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Clearwire, layoffs and the future of 4G wireless service

Garet Martin is ahead of the curve. The Portland resident experienced the future of 4G wireless service last week, and it wasn’t pretty. Martin gets wireless home broadband and phone service from Bellevue-based Clearwire. She’s generally pleased with the $63-a-month package, even though she has to move her modem when a particular tree gets leafy in the…

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0 Comments | Topics: 4G, broadband, Broadband

December 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Qwest takeover in state approved; rates flat, $80 mil for broadband

State regulators have reached a deal giving CenturyLink approval to take over Qwest operations in the state. As part of its tentative agreement with the state Attorney General and Utilities and Transportation Commission, CenturyLink pledged to freeze basic phone rates for three years. The Louisiana-based company will also invest a minimum of $80 million upgrading broadband infrastructure…

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December 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

More details on broadband costs in Washington

A few questions have come up about the chart showing broadband costs in Washington that was included in the broadband report released yesterday. The chart was based on data from Ookla’s Net Index service, which compiles connection speed data from Ookla’s Speedtest.net and pricing and quality information provided by Speedtest users. The numbers shown are…

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December 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

State of broadband in Washington: Fast and plentiful, in cities

Washington residents generally have good access to fast broadband services – as long as they’re not living in rural areas. That’s the gist of the first comprehensive report from the Washington State Broadband Office. A federal program to assess and improve the nation’s broadband funded the office, which is part of the state Department of…

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