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Feb
24
2015

Frontier: We Won't Be Expanding U-Verse Acquisitions -

Earlier this month Frontier Communications announced it would be acquiring all of Verizon’s fixed-line assets in California, Florida and Texas in a deal worth $10.5 billion. Before that, Frontier acquired all of AT&T’s fixed-line assets in Connecticut in a deal worth $2 billion. If you’re a former AT&T or Verizon customer in either of those territories hoping for next-gen upgrades, you may not want to hold your breath. Discussing the AT&T deal this week, Frontier […]

Feb
23
2015

Carriers Admit Their Mobile Payment Effort Was a Failure -

According to a SoftCard blog post, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have agreed to sell “Softcard technology and capabilities” to Google in order to forge “the next generation of mobile payments.” That’s a polite way of saying the carriers’ attempt to create a mobile payment platform of their own was a failure, and they’re selling the scraps of the effort to Google. The blog post beats around the bush, but it sounds as if SoftCard as […]

Feb
23
2015

Google Wallet to be Pre-Installed on AT&T, T-Mobile US, Verizon Android Devices

Google now is working with Softcard, the mobile payments service owned by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless. As part of a new agreement between the mobile carriers and Google, the Google Wallet app, including the tap and pay functionality, will come pre-installed on Android phones (running KitKat or higher) sold by these carriers in the U.S. market  later in 2015. As part of the deal, Google also is acquiring “some technology and intellectual […]

Feb
23
2015

Astroturfing Leads To $20 Billion Comcast Discrimination Suit -

We’ve noted for years how Comcast is at the cutting edge of throwing money at minority and other groups, then having them parrot support for the company’s latest ambitions — be that getting a merger approved or striking down net neutrality laws. The Comcast merger has been no exception; want funding for a new events center? Comcast will be happy to contribute provided to issue a statement saying their merger is a massive boon to […]

Feb
23
2015

Cable TV Firms Will Not be Able to Replace Lost Linear Video Revenues with High Speed Access Gains

For the past decade, U.S. telco and cable TV revenue sources have been a game of musical chairs: give up the chair you have and hope you can grab another when the music stops. And everybody is playing. Telcos have relied on mobile services to replace lost fixed network voice revenues. Cable TV companies have grown by adding voice, high speed access and business segment customers. Mobile companies have grown by adding tablet accounts on […]

Feb
23
2015

Li-Fi: LED Broadband Hitting Speeds of 100 Gbps -

For a few years now we’ve tracked the development of Li-Fi, a technology that transmits line-of-sight data at speeds up to 10 Gbps using LEDs. Over the last few years the focus has been on bringing the price of the technology down and exploring ways to reflect the light transmissions to improve range. Still very much in the lab, the promising technology has since been able to hit speeds of 100 Gbps and higher, with […]

Feb
23
2015

Lawmaker: West Virginia All But Controlled by Frontier -

We’ve explored just how corrupt and dysfunctional West Virginia has been when it came to spending their $126.3 million in broadband stimulus funds. Local Charleston Gazette reporter Eric Eyre has been doing an absolutely fantastic job the last few years, highlighting how Verizon, Frontier and Cisco convinced the state to buy ridiculously overpriced, overpowered and unused routers, and ridiculously overpaid, redundant consultants who haven’t actually accomplished anything. Last year the state buried a study on […]

Feb
23
2015

Fox News Retrans Fight Leads to Dish Subscriber Losses -

According to Dish Network’s latest earnings report, the company lost 63,000 net TV subscribers during the fourth quarter. That was thanks largely to the company’s ongoing tough stances against retransmission fee hikes from companies like Turner Network, CBS and Fox News. These feuds at several points resulted in customers losing access to content they pay for — causing them to switch TV providers (DirecTV appears to have picked up most of Dish’s fleeing customers. Dish […]

Feb
23
2015

Google to Pay Carriers to "Prominently" Feature Google Wallet -

You’ll recall that Google Wallet was blocked by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile as those companies focused on their own mobile payment service (first called ISIS, now called SoftCard). Unfortunately SoftCard and to a lesser degree Google Wallet have struggled to see adoption in the face of Apple’s new Apple Pay service. To give Google Wallet a leg up, reports suggested Google was considering buying SoftCard. A new Wall Street Journal report suggests that to try […]

Feb
23
2015

Comcast Is Cooking Up a Wi-Fi Calling Service -

On the heels of Cablevision’s new FreeWheel Wi-Fi calling service, reports suggest that Comcast may also be eyeballing Wi-Fi powered video and video services. According to the Donahue Report, Comcast is busy hiring developers to work on a myriad of new services powered by Comcast’s network of 8 million national Wi-Fi hotspots. Details are pretty skimpy, and are based solely on a series of Comcast job listings looking for help with iOS and Android app […]

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