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Posts tagged “AT&T”

August 28

'Bold but reckless:' Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Sprint ​Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphoneservice in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T. An analyst calls the offer bold but reckless.

Updated August 28

AT&T, CenturyLink to use $42M in FCC funds for rural NC broadband expansion

Fiber optic network                     AT&T and CenturyLink are going to expand broadband Internet access to nearly 50,000 rural area homes and businesses over the next three years using some $42 million in funds provided by the Federal Communications Commission.

Updated August 18

Verizon, AT&T share No.1 in NC wireless service; Verizon wins nationally

Wireless coverage Competition for customers among the top four wireless providers remains intense - and close - with Verizon nosing past AT&T for the top spot nationally as calculated by independent testing firm RootMetrics. But in North Carolina, the two companies share the top spot. Meanwhile, Sprint is catching up.

August 17

Bezos disputes critical Amazon story; GSK plant reopens; Lenovo's new storage move; report links AT&T, NSA

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Jeff Bezos disputes a New York Times story critical of the company's work environment; GSK reopens its plant in Zebulon; Lenovo launches a new storage product; and a New York Times report links AT&T with the NSA.

August 12

AT&T to Wall Street: Acquisitions mean 'we're a different company'

AT&T wants DirecTV     Randall Stephenson, chair and CEO of AT&T, is delivering an upbeat presentation to Wall Street analysts today. In a webconference set to begin at 10 a.m. EST, Stephenson will lay out reasons why he believes the company's recent acquisitions, including DirecTV, mean more growth.

Updated August 10

Raleigh ranks No. 10 in wireless service study; Durham 82nd, Fayetteville 45th

Wireless coverage survey A new survey from research firm Root Metrics shows Raleigh ranks No. 10 for overall wireless service among the nation's major metro areas. Durham, however, ranks well down the list at 82nd. Fayetteville comes in at No. 45 with Charlotte 32nd.

August 10

Takeover talk sparks GSK shares; AT&T workers' contract expires; Tesla's cash burn; Buffet's bad quarter

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: GlaxoSmithKline shares are climbing on takeover talk; AT&T workers in southeast are without a contract; Tesla is burning $4,000 in cash for very car sold; and a bad quarter for Warren Buffet's investments.

August 4

DC federal court to hear net neutrality suit in December

Internet Internet service providers and trade groups, including AT&T and Verizon, will get their day in court in December to argue against so-called "net neutrality" rules imposed by the FCC earlier this year.

Updated August 3

With DirecTV deal done, AT&T offers wireless-TV bundle

AT&T wants DirecTV     AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.

Updated July 31

Premium Lock AT&T, CenturyLink, trade groups won't cave to FCC net regulation

Fiber optic network                     In a new court brief, Internet providers including AT&T, CenturyLink and several trade groups are refusing to give up their fight against Internet regulation as a utility that the FCC imposed earlier this year. AT&T made concessions to FCC demands to win approval for its DirecTV buy, but the brief shows lingering concern about what the FCC is doing.

July 30

Premium Lock Inside AT&T: DirecTV, new revenue streams to drive growth

AT&T wants DirecTV     Analysis: In the wake of government approval for the acquisition of DirecTV, investment in Internet of Things opportunities and other acquisitions, AT&T is positioning itself for growth beyond its traditional channels such as smartphone subscribers.

July 24

Premium Lock Proto Labs on track; Jean Davis joins First Flight board; REACH NC moves to The Frontier; tablets, cars spur AT&T

Bulldog In today's Bulldog update of technology news: Proto Labs expansion on track; Jean Davis joins First Flight Venture Center board; REACH NC moves to the Frontier; tablets, cars spur AT&T growth.

July 22

Premium Lock FCC chair backs AT&T-DirecTV merger - with conditions

AT&T wants DirecTV     The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV. But there are conditions.

July 21

Premium Lock Tech giants keep spending big on lobbying in DC

Dollar sign      Money talks in Washington, D.C., and technology giants keep spreading around the cash as it lobbies for everything from tax breaks to more business. AT&T stepped up its lobbying, for example, as it continues to try to win approval for its DirecTV deal. But the communications giant has plenty of company when it comes to investing in D.C.

Updated July 21

Premium Lock AT&T kicks off ultra-fast Internet, U-verse in Durham, Greensboro

AT&T GigaPower    AT&T executives along with business leaders from Durham will be on hand today for the formal launch of ultra-fast Internet service in the Bull City and Durham County as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network. AT&T is also offering its U-verse entertainment network.

July 21

Premium Lock AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to Greensboro

Fiber optic network                     AT&T expands the reach of its fiber-optic Internet service to Greensboro on the same day it also took GigaPower into Durham. The network now offers service in parts of eight N.C. cities.

Updated July 20

Premium Lock AT&T formally launches ultra-fast Internet service in Durham

AT&T GigaPower    AT&T executives along with business leaders from Durham will be on hand today for the formal launch of ultra-fast Internet service in the Bull City and Durham County as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network.

July 17

Premium Lock Universities, AT&T to identify community high speed broadband opportunities

AT&T's U-Verse AT&T, the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) and four prestigious North Carolina colleges and universities plan to create a community enablement panel to identify new opportunities when broadband becomes available. The move follows AT&T's launch of U-verse with its GigaPower high speed Internet service in the region, which debuts in Durham on Monday (July 20).

Updated July 17

Premium Lock AT&T bringing GigaPower to Durham

AT&T AT&T plans to launch its GigaPower high speed Internet service in Durham on Monday. AT&T said it would bring high speed service to Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Carrboro, Winston-Salem, and Chapel Hill last year when it was chosen as a provider for the Next Generation Network North Carolina. Durham is the last city on the list to get the service.

Updated June 30

Premium Lock AT&T extends DirecTV deal date; IBM chip plant sale OK'd; France detains Uber managers; Foursquare's 'mayorships;' a Novartis buy

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: AT&T extends its deal deadline for DirecTV; IBM receives final OK to sell chip plant; two Uber managers detained for questioning in France; Foursquare's "mayorships" are back; and Novartis buys a U.S. pharma firm.

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