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Apr
18
2014

T-Mobile's Crazy Plan to Treat Consumers Better is Working -

A new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners finds that being consumer friendly is paying dividends for T-Mobile. T-Mobile’s share of new subscribers grew more than any other wireless carrier last quarter. Though they only had the third largest growth by volume, the company’s 15% growth rate is higher than last quarter’s 13%. And it comes at a time when AT&T’s growth slowed from 29% to 28%. It’s not staggering movement to be sure, but […]

Apr
17
2014

Time Warner Cable Pretends Customer Complaints Don't Exist -

Time Warner Cable is currently teaming up with Comcast to persuade Congress and the DOJ to allow the companies to merge. Comcast has told Congress that they are “deeply disappointed” that their customer service is rated, along with Time Warner Cable, at or near the bottom of just about every customer service list. Yet, Time Warner Cable seems to have found a new way to keep complaint numbers down .put language in the franchise agreements […]

Apr
17
2014

Aereo Launches 'Protect My Antenna' Site Ahead of Court Date -

Hoping to generate a little public and press support ahead of the company’s life or death Supreme Court fight versus broadcasters later this month, Aereo has launched a new website called ProtectMyAntenna.org that attempts to educate the public on what their battle is all about. Aereo has previously stated that the company has no backup plan should broadcasters win, forcing the broadband TV streaming operation to close down completely. “What is at stake in this […]

Apr
17
2014

Google Fiber Strikes Preliminary Agreement With Portland -

Back in February Google announced they were working with thirty-four new cities in nine regions on making it easier for those locations to see Google Fiber deployed. While not all of those cities will receive Google Fiber, the company announced they’d be working with all of the cities to help expedite the arrival of faster broadband services — whether it’s courtesy of Google Fiber, somebody else, or the city itself. Target cities were given a […]

Apr
17
2014

Sprint CEO Pay Balloons Despite Company's Struggles -

While AT&T and Verizon dominate the industry and T-Mobile has been receiving consumer adoration for doing things a little bit differently, Sprint has been struggling to not only keep users, but build a decent network and brand identity. Most LTE tests place Sprint at the very bottom of the barrel in speed and latency, and the company always seems to be promising that a great network is just around the corner. With Sprint flailing, it’s […]

Apr
17
2014

Tablets are Driving Net New Mobile Connections in U.S. Market

Tablets with mobile connections now are driving net connection growth in the U.S. mobile market for most of the largest national service providers. Mobile tablet connections grew about  46 percent in 2013, according to researchers at NPD. For AT&T, in particular, tablet subscribers are a large part of what’s driving net subscriber additions. Some  440,000 of AT&T’s net new postpaid subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013 were tablet connections. “Connected devices” (tablets, principally) drove […]

Apr
17
2014

AT&T Threatens to Take Ball, Go Home Over 600 MHz Spectrum Rules -

The other day we noted that the FCC was considering a policy that was certain to ruffle feathers at AT&T and Verizon: restricting a portion of next year’s 600 MHz auction spectrum just for smaller competitors, to ensure that AT&T and Verizon aren’t using spectrum squatting to keep smaller companies out of the market. It’s something the DOJ suggested the FCC consider one year earlier; a policy that comes years after AT&T and Verizon were […]

Apr
17
2014

Verizon Busted for Incredibly Fraudulent Behavior in New Jersey -

The other day we noted how Verizon was using manufactured astroturf to help the company sneak out of a broadband obligation to wire the entire state of New Jersey with 45 Mbps broadband by 2010. That obligation came with the benefit of millions in tax cuts and other benefits, though it seems New Jersey is perfectly happy to let Verizon forget the promise entirely. Ars Technica has a follow up piece exploring in more detail […]

Apr
17
2014

Google Considering Search Priority For Sites That Use Encryption -

Google executives and employees were a little annoyed at recent revelations that the NSA was hacking into data centers to grab user data, in addition to being given user data directly by the company. As such they’ve made it a priority to encrypt as much of the traffic moving between data centers as possible. Now a report by the Wall Street Journal suggests to speed up encryption adoption overall, the search giant is considering giving […]

Apr
17
2014

TV Paradigm Shift?

When major scientific theories (paradigms) are about to change, one encounters confusion. When an accepted scientific paradigm is about to change, scientists find they have to work harder to fit existing data to an older theory. When a paradigm is accepted,most scientific progress occurs incrementally, by the accumulation new data that then is fitted into the paradigm. When anomalies start to appear often, it can be a sign that the paradigm is wrong. Eventually, the […]

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