Wuv… Twue wuv… (6/16/18 Part 1)

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Ah, love is in the air. Is there anything more beautiful, more romantic, than a shareholder approved merger blessed (or at least not objected to) by the government? The two become one, overnight growing in size, resources, market share, and not having to compete for it by lowering prices or improving service.

The AT&T/Time Warner Merger question

Wait, what?

Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about Time Warner and AT&T’s blissful nuptials, plus Comcast’s rivalry with Disney for the hand of Fox.


ZTE & Huawei plus more on mergers! (6/16/18 Part 2)

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The ZTE question

We continue talking about the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, plus Comcast trying to woo Fox from Disney. A call came in asking about ZTE and Huawei – two Chinese electronic giants – having trouble with the US government so we tackled that too!



We talk about our awesome prize and home networking! (6/9/18 Part 1)

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Well, we WERE going to start talking about municipal internet. Were. That was the plan.

Wireless Odds and Ends – Part 1

But we started talking about that sweet D Link AC3150 Ultra Wireless Router, and that let to access points, range extenders, plus other networking things that just got Sam all confused… So we had to talk about home networking. After all, what good is super fast internet if your home network can’t use it?

If you want to see the super cool Ubiquiti wireless access points Jonathan was talking about, check them out on Amazon or at OfficeMax!


Municipal Broadband: should we revisit it? (6/9/18 Part 2)

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We do an update about Municipal Internet in the U.S.!

Municipal Internet Revisited – Part 2

Remember when we talked with EPB’s Danna Bailey about municipal internet? Wasn’t that cool? No?

So, anything new since then? Well, it looks like municipal internet has been growing, so that’s good. Looks like Net Neutrality is an important selling point, too. What else? How is it going? What benefits are there? Listen in!


Cable wants you to think inside their box! (6/2/18 Part 1)

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If you have Spectrum Cable, you might’ve noticed that they’re saying you need a box. If you don’t have a box, you need a box. Get a box if you don’t have a box.

Cable Confusion – Part 1

What’s the box? And why do you need it?

We talk about that, what we could’ve had, and more!

  • https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/01/fcc-chairman-pai-takes-wheelers-set-top-box-plan-off-the-table/
  • https://www.consumerreports.org/tv-services/legislators-consumer-groups-urge-the-fcc-to-approve-new-cable-box-rules/
  • http://fortune.com/2016/01/29/fcc-cable-box/

Are Cable still your best deal? (6/2/18 Part 2)

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Cord cutting! Is it for you? What are the pros and cons?

Cable Confusion – Part 2

What else is out there? Let us know!


Net Neutrality Update (5/19/18 Part 1)

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As you’ve heard, the CRA regarding Net Neutrality has passed the House! That means we win, right? Actually, no. But its a start!

Senate passes the CRA – Now what?

So we quickly update you on what’s happened, what’s up next, and encourage YOU to keep active with a good perspective.


The European Unions EU GDPR: What is it? (5/19/18 Part 2)

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First, some context. Last year Congress used the CRA (Congressional Review Act) to repeal the Obama era privacy protections.

The GDP-what?

What did we lose from that? A quick read should catch you up!

  • https://www.consumerreports.org/consumerist/house-votes-to-allow-internet-service-providers-to-sell-share-your-personal-information/

The EU’s enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation is beginning at the end of the month. Chances are you’ve been getting notifications from companies and sites you deal with for a while now, but don’t know why. Well, we talk about it today, and why we should watch its ups and downs!

  • https://www.eugdpr.org/

What do you think?


Net Neutrality Countdown! (5/12/18 Part 1)

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Net Neutrality is back in the news! Is it safe? Is it doomed? What can be done?

Upcoming Senate Vote on the CRA/Net Neutrality!

We hit the highlights about what’s happening in the here and now, and ponder how this might affect this year’s elections.


Net Neutrality, Cable Boxes, and the Block 5! (5/12/18 Part 2)

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We continue this hour with not only continuing our discussion with Net Neutrality, but we revisit Cable Boxes thanks to a caller and finish the hour talking about the Falcon 9 Block 5!

Net Neutrality, oh and the Block 5, too!

If you’re curious about cable setup boxes and renting the darn things, check out what “our” FCC decided was a good idea… continued anti-consumer practices for all!