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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, […]

Apr
21
2014

Comcast: 99% of Customers Love Our Customer Service -

The New York Times is the latest to write a love letter to Comcast top lobbyist David Cohen, who skirts federal lobbying rules by simply pretending not to be a lobbyist. Cohen’s currently in the middle of selling lawmakers on Comcast’s $45 billion attempted acquisition of Time Warner Cable, and the Times pays more than a little adoration towards Cohen for his lobbying skill set, while also highlighting his close fundraising ties to many of […]

Apr
21
2014

Will Access Costs Need to be an Order of Magnitude Lower in Global South?

“Heads I win, tails you lose” is an aphorism about “unfair” coin tosses that applies to Google and Facebook. To a significant extent, both firms can correlate revenue growth with the growth of “people who use the Internet.” Internet service providers have no such luxury. China Mobile grows revenues primarily when people use its branded services, not when people get Internet access from any other ISP.   That correlation of revenue in the case of […]

Apr
21
2014

Verizon Reverses Course, Offers New FiOS Promos -

The last few years Verizon has slowly but surely been refusing to seriously compete on price when it comes to FiOS, pulling many of their promotions while at the same time hiking prices on services wherever and whenever possible. That’s especially been true in areas where the company competes with Cablevision, who has also publicly complained about having to compete on price — so they’ve effectively stopped doing so while insisting that such price competition […]

Apr
21
2014

Leader of Large Philly Comcast Scam Ring Pleads Guilty -

A few years ago we noted how a large scam ring operating in Philadelphia was offering users Comcast’s entire cable TV lineup for $150…per year. The operation, which law enforcement claims cost Comcast $2.5 million in revenue, used a secret computer installed in a subcontractor’s office, in addition to the IDs of subscontractors that were on disability or had been let go. Local Philly news outlets claim that the “ringleader” leader of the operation, who […]

Apr
21
2014

ISPs Have Become Masters of State-Level Lobbying -

Paying off national and state politicians along with lobbyists to get your way seems like a tradition within the internet/TV business. When AT&T didn t want competition in Wisconsin, they paid off politicians to dress up AT&T s view as fiscal responsibility.” When Verizon wanted to sniff out the Canadian telecom market, they hired a slew of lobbyists to see if they could the country to change their telecom rules. When Cablevision wants to stop […]

Apr
18
2014

CBS Still 'Threatening' Internet Video Service if Aereo Wins -

You might recall last year that CBS joined in a chorus of broadcaster pouting and empty threats in regards to Aereo, proclaiming that they’d pull their network from over the air broadcasts and move it to cable if they weren’t allowed to crush Aereo. It’s an empty threat designed primarily to try and get lawmakers to pass laws constricting Aereo, just in case CBS can’t stop them in the Supreme Court. Despite the fact that […]

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