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Facebook Trying to Bring Controversial ‘Free Basics’ To U.S.

Facebook wants to bring its controversial “Free Basics” broadband service to the United States, but is worried about backlash from net neutrality advocates. Under Facebook’s zero rated service, wireless customers get free access to a rotating crop of content and services curated by Facebook. It’s sort of the modern version of 1990s AOL, except Facebook…

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Facebook Broadband Satellite Destroyed in Space X Explosion

Facebook’s international advertising ambitions took a bit of a hit today after one of the company’s Internet.org satellites exploded on the launch pad, along with the Space X rocket intended to carry it to orbit. SpaceX has confirmed on Twitter that its Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the lauch pad roughly three minutes before its…

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Facebook Eyes Experimental Laser Broadband — at 2.1 Gbps

Facebook is experimenting with new laser-based broadband technology that it says has delivered speeds of up to 2.1 Gbps in the lab. The Connectivity Lab at Facebook’s internet.org hopes to use the technology in concert with its exploration of drone broadband technology to bring broadband to more remote locations (to then, of course, sell those…

Facebook Building New Routing System for Gigabit Wireless

Facebook says that a lack of flexibility in open source solutions have prompted the company to build its own, new routing system at the core of its plans to deploy gigabit wireless service. Facebook recently unveiled its new “Terragraph” system, which the company dubs a “multi-node wireless system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to…

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Facebook Unveils Plans for Gigabit Wireless

Facebook is joining a growing list of companies that hope to use emerging millimeter wave technology to provide an additional layer of broadband competition. Speaking this week ath the company’s F8 developers conference, Facebook unveiled its new “Terragraph” system, which the company dubs a “multi-node wireless system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to dense…