Once upon a time “broadband” internet access was basically anything faster than a dialup modem. But these days it takes a bit more bandwidth than that to really take advantage of all that the internet has to offer.
So the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband. Up until recently an internet service provider needed to offer download speeds of 4 Mbps and upload speeds of 1 Mbps. Now to call its service “broadband,” a provider needs to offer 25 Mbps download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- FCC redefines broadband
The FCC isn’t mandating that service providers need to actually offer broadband speeds. But if they want to use the word broadband to describe their service, they’ll need to meet the new definition: and the decision could spur companies to increase their minimum speeds for bragging rights/marketing purposes, if for no other reason. [The Verge]
- Jolla now offers Sailfish OS tablets with better specs
After a successful crowdfunding campaign for its tablet with the Linux-based Sailfish operating system late last year, Jolla has decided to offer pre-orders for models with 64GB of storage (tiwce th eorgiinal) and bigger batteries. [Indiegogo]
- Project Silk aims to make Firefox OS smoother
Google Android had Project Butter. Firefox OS has Project Silk, as in, smooth as. [Mozilla Hacks]
- Report: Nickelodeon will launch a subscription video service next month
HBO’s doing it. So’s CBS. Soon Nickelodeon will offer its own subscription-based service that lets you stream content over the internet. [Variety]
- Google Chrome 41 beta for Android adds pull-to-refresh web pages
Just visit a website and pull down from the top of the screen to reload the page and check for fresh content. [Chrome Releases]