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Apr
22
2014

Aereo, Broadcasters Square Off Before Supreme Court Today -

Aereo and Broadcasters today finally square off before the Supreme Court, with broadcasters trying to shut down Aereo under the claims their live broadband TV service violates copyright. Aereo, as stated previously, is one of several parties warning that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of broadcasters could not only threaten Aereo, but it could threaten a bevy of other technologies such as cloud DVR services: quote:What broadcasters don t like about Aereo that it […]

Apr
22
2014

AT&T Still Pretends 1 Gbps Plans Have Nothing to Do With Google -

Shortly after Google announced Google Fiber in Austin, AT&T announced that they too would be offering 1 Gbps “Gigapower” service in the city as well (though it’s currently300 Mbps). At the time, AT&T denied that the move was in any way motivated by Google Fiber, and that AT&T was planning all along to offer 1 Gbps connections (even if no evidence supports that claim, and millions of AT&T users are lucky to get 6 Mbps). […]

Apr
22
2014

Netflix Officially Opposes Comcast Merger, Slams AT&T U-Verse -

Roughly a month after lambasting unspecified big ISPs for plans for “potentially escalating fees for the interconnection required to deliver high quality service,” Netflix has jumped face first into the Comcast merger debate. In yesterday’s letter to investors, the company lashes out at both Comcast and AT&T for what the company calls “arbitrary interconnection tolls” now being imposed on content companies. Netflix specifically singles out AT&T by name, noting that Netflix streaming performance over the […]

Apr
22
2014

Gigabit Access Also Disrupts an ISP's Other Lower-Speed Offers

AT&T says it now is looking at building gigabit networks in up to 100 cities and towns nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas includes Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose. AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for […]

Apr
22
2014

Comcast Bucks Trend, Still Slightly Adding Video Subscribers -

Comcast’s first quarter 2014 earnings were released this morning, indicating that Comcast is one of the only large cable operators not losing basic cable subscribers. According to the earnings, Comcast added 24,000 video subscribers on the quarter, the second straight quarter of customer additions, and up from the 25,000 customers the company lost this time last year. Comcast also continues to see strong broadband subscriber gains as they leech DSL users the telcos don’t want […]

Apr
22
2014

Verizon Wireless Continues to Gobble up Smaller Carriers -

Earlier this month Verizon Wireless announced that the company was acquiring Cincinnati Bell’s wireless spectrum, assets and customers in a deal estimated to be worth $120 million. Now Verizon’s expanding its size and scope slightly further, with two more deals in Hawaii and California. The company says they’re acquiring California’s Golden State Cellular and will be integrating those users over to Verizon in the next fifteen months. Verizon’s also acquiring the spectrum of Mobi PCS […]

Apr
21
2014

Netflix Will Soon Raise Streaming Rates for New Users -

AT&T CEO Reed Hastings today stated in a letter to investors (pdf) that new Netflix streaming customers will be seeing a small rate increase very soon. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” stated the CEO. According to Hastings, existing customers will be able to stay at their current rates for a “generous time period” (read: prepare for a […]

Apr
21
2014

Cell Carriers Finally Agree to Anti-Theft Phone 'Kill Switch' -

Two years ago wireless carriers and the government announced that they’d be collaborating on building a new nationwide database to track stolen phones (specifically the IMEI number, not just the SIM card ID). The goal was to reduce the time that stolen phones remain useful, thereby drying up the market for stolen phones and reducing the ability of criminals to use the devices to dodge surveillance. The move came after AT&T was sued for doing […]

Apr
21
2014

AT&T's 'Expansion' of 1 Gbps to 100 Cities is a Big, Fat Bluff -

AT&T today announced that the company is “eyeing” 100 potential target cities as locations they may deploy faster 1 Gbps “Gigapower” service. According to the company’s press release, this “major initiative” will target 100 “candidate cities and municipalities” across 21 metropolitan areas nationwide. Those users could then get AT&T’s $70-$100 per month 1 Gbps service, currently only available in a very small portion of Austin, Texas at speeds of 300 Mbps. Before you get too […]

Apr
21
2014

Aereo Case is early 21st Century Equivalent of Betamax Decision

Aereo, and the broadcast TV networks and their local affiliates, will have a key U.S. Supreme Court hearing on April 22, 2014, when broadcasters challenge the legality of Aereo’s “subscription broadcast TV online” service. It would not be inappropriate to argue that the outcome of the case will reshape “broadcast TV” as much as the Betamax decision reshaped video entertainment in the 1980s, when broadcasters argued that use of a VCR was similarly illegal. ABC, […]

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