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The Raleigh City Council on Wednesday authorized the city manager and attorney to contract with AT&T to bring the communications provider's next-generation internet and cable service to local residents.
A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.
The race to be first to bring gigabit-speed Internet access across the Triangle and Triad may be won by AT&T, not Time Warner Cable or Google Fiber. The North Carolina Next Generation Network consortium says it is recommending that six city governments approve AT&T's proposal. However, the group is not precluding other companies from the project.
Early Thursday, the North Carolina Next Generation Network consortium issued a full statement explaining why it is recommending that six cities in the Triangle and the Triad "enthusiastically approved" support for AT&T's proposal to create an ultra-fast Internet network for the region.
AT&T said Friday that between 2011 and 2013, wireless and wireline investments in Durham and Chapel Hill totaled more than $90 million with more than $1.6 billion spent all across North Carolina networks.
Verizon Wireless ranked highest among its peers in four out of five categories in a national study by RootMetrics.com that measured network performance. In a six-month review of reliability, speed, call quality, data and text messaging, Verizon Wireless's score was 89.7 out of 100 and AT&T Inc.'s was 86.2.
Thursday's announcement follows the company's $1.6 billion investment in the state between 2011 and 2013. AT&T says the investment was designed to enhance network speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
If Google Fiber were to pick the Research Triangle and Charlotte, the high-speed connectivity across the state would take quantum leaps. Don't forget the NC Next Generation Network is under development, MCNC's NCREN has a state-wide fiber backbone, and Time Warner Cable has Duke Net's highway. More projects might be coming - say from some giant like AT&T. Mix all these networks and you have the first "gigastate."
The Triangle area is on the list of metropolitan areas where Internet giant Google wants to deploy its "Google Fiber" broadband network for TV, Internet and other services. However, a final decision about deployment is contingent upon negotiations with various local government agencies.
The people spearheading the NCNGN project are pushing ahead with their own plans even as they welcome the news that a Google Fiber network could be headed to the Triangle. "This is great news for the region, but this is still preliminary and our efforts are still continuing," said Elise Kohn
In a blog post, a Google executive spells out what the Internet giant is looking for from metro areas such as the Triangle if it is to expand its Google Fiber network there.
The Broadband Report: On the heels of the president's progress report on ConnectED last week, a majority of American adults rated the current state of technology in U.S. public schools with a mediocre C grade or worse. According to a new poll from the LEAD Commission, voters support the implementation of better access to high-speed Internet in classrooms to help improve that grade.
President Obama has secured commitments from U.S. companies worth about $750 million to get more students connected to high-speed Internet. AT&T, Sprint, Apple and Microsoft are among the companies pitching in.
AT&T, the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier is introducing service plans aimed at families that use lots of data, cutting $40 a month from premium users' bills. Under the new offer, families with four smartphones can pay $160 a month for 10-gigabits of shared data, unlimited calling and text messaging.
The FCC will let telephone companies led by AT&T. conduct trials of digital services, in a step toward loosening rules written for copper-wire networks in the fast-fiber age. While AT&T hailed the decision, the Open Technology Institute says much work needs to be done in reshaping phone networks and ensuring quality service at affordable rates.
GE invests in Raleigh firm; Facebook data center plan adds IBM; Google Glass insurance; Sapheon OK'd in Canada; Mayne Pharma's new exec; Lenovo e-cycling drive; net disclosure deal
In our Bulldog Blog's latest technology and life science update: Google glass insurance coverage; Sapheon gets Heath Canada approval; Mayne Pharma appoints U.S. president; Lenovo hosts e-cycling drive; Internet disclosure deal reached, GE invests in PoGens.
The nation's biggest telecommunications company said Tuesday that it earned $6.9 billion, or $1.31 per share, in the October-December period. That's up from a loss of $3.8 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.
Google buys AI startup; CED 30th year; Apple profits up?; no AT&T-Vodafone deal; Samsung-Google patents
In the latest WRALTechWire Bulldog roundup of technology news: Google buys an artificial intelligence startup in the U.K.; the CED kicks off its 30th year this week; Apple is expected to report a boost in earnings; AT&T gives up its rights to bid for Vodafone; tech giants Google and Samsung strike a deal on patents.
Verizon Communications, the second-largest U.S. phone company behind AT&T, reported fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as customers' wireless bills increased even as competition intensified.