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Oct
28
2014

Bright House to Boost Speeds, Offer New 300 Mbps Tier -

Chatter in our Bright House Networks forum indicates (and a press release confirms) that the company is preparing to bump the speeds available to most of their subscribers for free. The company’s 10 Mbps customers are being bumped to 15 Mbps; 30 Mbps customers are being bumped to 35 Mbps; 60 Mbps customers are being nudged to 75 Mbps; and 90 Mbps customers will be pushed to 150 Mbps. Upstream speeds are staying the same. […]

Oct
28
2014

FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling 'Unlimited' Users -

The FTC today announced they’ve filed a complaint against AT&T for the company’s longstanding practice of promising “unlimited” data, only to significantly throttle back customer connections. According to the FTC press announcement, an FTC inquiry found that while AT&T advertised unlimited data, the company in 2011 began throttling data speeds for its unlimited data plan customers after they used as little as 2 gigabytes of data in a billing period. The FTC notes that AT&T […]

Oct
28
2014

Connecticut Users See DSL, TV Outages in Switch From AT&T -

Last week saw Frontier’s acquisition of AT&T’s DSL and landline customers in Connecticut get final regulatory approval, but customers already are complaining about a sloppy handoff. According to the Middletown Press, the midnight weekend transfer of ownership of hundreds of thousands of customers didn’t go particularly well, with an undetermined but significant number of customers losing DSL and TV service well into Monday afternoon. For their part, Frontier insists the transition went smoothly: quote: This […]

Oct
28
2014

Will Prepaid Conversions to Postpaid, or Tablets, Drive Growth?

At the moment, it is hard to say whether tablets or phone accounts will drive postpaid net additions for the leading U.S. mobile service providers over the next several years. It is possible that T-Mobile US will be phone-driven, while AT&T and Verizon are tablet-driven. What might happen at Sprint is not clear. Nor is it so clear whether the steady growth of prepaid accounts will continue so clearly, either. Prepaid accounts have grown steadily […]

Oct
28
2014

'Al-Quida' Wi-Fi SSID Causes LAX Plane Delay -

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to London was delayed over the weekend — because one of the plane’s passenger’s freaked out over another user’s Wi-Fi SSID. According to Los Angeles ABC affiliate ABC7, a passenger on the flight became alarmed after seeing another traveler’s hotspot named “Al-Quida Free Terror Network.” A flight attendant was alerted, and the plane was diverted and held three hours under “security threat” and ultimately delayed until […]

Oct
28
2014

AT&T's Controversial Sponsored Data Gaining Slow Traction -

AT&T has been slowly expanding the partner list of companies involved in their “Sponsored Data” program, wherein partners’ content won’t count against a user’s mobile usage cap. The program has been controversial among net neutrality advocates because the concept gives companies with money to burn a potential leg up against smaller competitors. While AT&T originally stated there was a bevy of big named partners waiting in line to sign up for the program, initial interest […]

Oct
28
2014

Being Kind to Consumers is Working For T-Mobile -

T-Mobile’s latest earnings again confirm that being the pesky kid on the block is working in terms of adding new subscribers. The company added 2.3 million customers total and 1.4 million new postpaid subscribers on the quarter, though the company’s expansion of its LTE network continues to drag on earnings. T-Mobile expects to add around 4.3 million to 4.7 million new customers this year as users respond to the company’s more customer-friendly approach to doing […]

Oct
28
2014

"What is Broadband?" Could Affect U.S. ISP Market Share

Words matter, the old adage suggests. So do definitions, others might add. One case in point is the possible Federal Communications Commission action to change the definition of “broadband.” At the moment, the FCC uses a definition of 4 Mbps downstream, 1 Mbps upstream. But the FCC reportedly is considering raising that definition to 10 Mbps, or some suggest, as high as 25 Mbps. Changing the definition would have direct impact on federal support payments […]

Oct
27
2014

Comcast Trademark Filing Hints at 1 Gbps Offering -

The Donahue Report (via Multichannel News) notes that Comcast filed the trademark for the term “True Gig” on October 20, suggesting that a 1 Gbps offering from the company is likely in the works. Earlier this year company stated they’d offer 1 Gbps and higher services “as soon as possible” as the company looks to quickly deploy the DOCSIS 3.1 standard once it’s complete. Comcast’s current top offering is a 505 Mbps down, 100 Mbps […]

Oct
27
2014

On Heels of Fire Phone Dud, Amazon Unveils Fire TV Stick -

Amazon’s earnings last week confirmed what most analysts have been guessing for several months: Amazon’s smartphone is a dud. A combination of uninteresting gimmicks and AT&T exclusivity hindered the phone out of the gate, and while Amazon isn’t sharing the number of units sold, the company did say they took a $170 million charge on inventory commitments last quarter because of the device and is sitting on another $83 million in unsold phones. More successful […]

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