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Nov
25
2014

AT&T starts Ohio upgrade of Alltel subs

More than a year after acquiring Alltel’s wireless operations, AT&T is ready to launch its upgraded coverage for more than 50,000 Alltel customers in Ohio. Read more about AT&T starts Ohio upgrade of Alltel subs Comments

Nov
24
2014

FCC Gets T-Mobile to Make Throttling Practices Clearer -

According to an FCC announcement (pdf), T-Mobile and the FCC have struck an agreement that will involve T-Mobile making the company’s throttling practices clearer. As in stands, T-Mobile doesn’t charge overages — but instead throttles capped users at 64 kbps or 128 kbps for the remainder of their billing cycle once they cross their usage limit. Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced they’d be exempting speedtests from their usage caps, resulting in throttled users not being […]

Nov
24
2014

Will ISPs Be The Ones Selling Standalone HBO Streaming Service? -

Last month HBO finally acquiesced to a decade of consumer demand and announced they’ll be offering a standalone HBO streaming service (one that doesn’t require a traditional cable connection) starting next year. All indications are the new service should run consumers around $15 a month, though HBO hasn’t officially unveiled prices. There may be one interesting wrinkle in terms of how you’ll be buying this service: you may not be paying HBO directly. Chris Morran […]

Nov
24
2014

AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Tops $34 Billion -

After breaking records for bidding in a spectrum auction, the AWS-3 auction has since roared onward, with more than $34 billion in bids now collected. That well exceeds the previous record of $18.9 billion raised during the 2008 auctions, and the AWS-3 auction may still continue for another week or two. Frequencies being bid on by companies like AT&T, Dish, Verizon and T-Mobile include two blocks in the 1695-1710 megahertz band, and four paired sets […]

Nov
24
2014

T-Mobile Adds More Music Services to Their Cap Exempt List -

Back in June T-Mobile announced the company’s “Music Freedom” plan, which exempts a select number of music streaming services from impacting consumer caps. While T-Mobile proclaimed that the idea was pro-consumer, the company faced some criticism at the time for violating net neutrality — since very small companies suddenly found themselves the only ones counting against usage caps. CEO John Legere brushed aside those concerns, insisting that because nobody was paying T-Mobile — it technically […]

Nov
24
2014

EFF, Mozilla Launch New Free Security Certificate Authority -

The EFF this week unveiled Let s Encrypt, a new certificate authority (CA) initiative the company is building alongside Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan. According to an EFF blog post, Let’s Encrypt aims to speed up the deployment of HTTPS by automatically issuing and managing free certificates for any website that needs them. The group states that switching a webserver from HTTP to HTTPS with their CA will be […]

Nov
24
2014

Telefónica Weighs Major Investment in BT

source: Deadzones.com Telefónica appears to be angling for a deal giving it 20 percent ownership of BT, while returning O2, the asset formerly representing BT’s mobile business back to BT. BT got out of the mobile business in 2002, which BT had started in 1985, as a short term measure to shed debt. BT was not the only firm to be forced to do so.   One of the most surprising telecom asset sales of […]

Nov
24
2014

Verizon's Free Netflix Promo Expands Outside of NYC Market -

Back in October Verizon began a promotion that gave new FiOS customers a $150 VISA prepaid gift card and a free year of Netflix service if they sign up for the FiOS triple play. At the time, Verizon stated that the offer was a limited NYC trial, though Verizon this week confirmed to me it has since been offered nationwide — at least until sometime in January. In addition to the free year of Netflix, […]

Nov
24
2014

Windstream Announces Workforce Reductions -

Windstream has announced that the company plans to eliminate 350 positions by December 1. According to the telco, around 120 of the affected positions are being eliminated through a voluntary buyout initiative. Windstream currently has 13,000 employees, slowly trimmed back from the 14,500 of a few years ago. “Today’s actions are difficult, but necessary to effectively manage costs,” states the company. “While we are eliminating certain roles across the company, we continue to invest in […]

Nov
24
2014

“Unlocking the Connection” for Austin’s Public Housing Residents

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro joined the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and Google Fiber to announce Unlocking the Connection, a community-based initiative to help bridge the city’s digital divide and help families build self-sufficiency that supports economic independence and transitioning from public assistance. Bringing Internet Connections/Skills to Public Housing Residents “Closing the digital divide means that every child has a chance to succeed […]

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