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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 […]

Oct
27
2014

Cable: If You Ignore Half the Country, US Broadband Awesome! -

For years there has been a concerted push by the broadband industry to try and insist that the United States broadband market is secretly flawless, awesome and highly competitive, despite the fact that absolutely every independent source of broadband data (from Akamai and the FCC to the OECD and OOkla’s Net Index) suggests we’re absolutely and utterly mediocre at every metric that counts. That’s not to say we’re not improving in some very select regions […]

Oct
27
2014

Verizon Offers Free Year of Netflix with New Bundle

Verizon now is offering a free year of Netflix for new customers buying a $89.99 triple play service. That offer includes symmetrical 75 Mbps high speed access service, a $150 Visa gift card and a full year of Netflix.   BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk thinks the marketing message is noteworthy. Though a major supplier of linear video subscriptions, Verizon actually does not mention that fact as part of the promotion. Instead, the new offer banks […]

Oct
27
2014

How a Faster Broadband Definition Could Hurt Comcast Merger -

FCC boss Tom Wheeler has been talking a lot lately about raising the standard definition of broadband to at least 10 Mbps (for government-subsidized rural options) and 25 Mbps for everybody else. He’s also been talking about how when you look at speeds of 25 Mbps higher there’s little to now competition — as most DSL providers struggle to offer that speed in any volume. “Three-quarters of American homes have no competitive choice at 25 […]

Oct
27
2014

Viacom Uses Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Retrans Fight -

Viacom has taken their retransmission fight with Suddenlink to a new, decidedly more mutated, level. According to the Charleston Gazette, Viacom has taken to using actors dressed up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to shame Suddenlink at public events after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on retransmission fees. Viacom channels went dark for Suddenlink customers at the beginning of this month, and is also blocking Suddenlink broadband customers from accessing Viacom content […]

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