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Posts tagged “AT&T”

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.

Updated June 23

Premium Lock Google Fiber is here: Construction begins across Triangle

After years of lobbying for Google Fiber then waiting for service once the Triangle was picked as a site, the news many Triangle residents and businesses have hoped for is official: Construction of a 5,700 mile fiber-optic high-speed Internet and entertainment network by Google is finally getting under way.

Google Fiber installation underway in Triangle Google Fiber installation underway in Triangle

June 19

Premium Lock FCC to phone companies: You can stop unwanted robocalls

FCC        Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching you a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them. The question now is whether the phone companies have the technology to do it in a way consumers want.

Updated June 18

Premium Lock AT&T says it will fight $100M FCC fine for 'unlimited' data plans

AT&T                A divided FCC on Wednesday fined AT&T $100 million for offering "unlimited" data plans and then slowing access speed after consumers hit a certain amount. AT&T says it will fight the fine. Also, two of the five FCC commissioners dissent from the move.

Updated June 16

Premium Lock Report: Wi-Fi networks to carry up to 60% of mobile data

wifi Why are companies such as Raleigh-based Republic Wireless offering mobile calling and data plans that utilize Wi-Fi and giants such as AT&T and Time Warner Cable expanding their Wi-Fi networks? Because mobile data is heading that way big time. A new report spells out the trend - and the risks for providers.

June 15

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

AT&T GigaPower    AT&T on Monday launched its ultra-fast Internet service in parts of Charlotte and surrounding communities.The Queen City area is the third market in North Carolina where AT&T has begun deployment of GigaPower as part of its U-verse entertainment and communications service.

Updated June 15

Premium Lock As net neutrality rules take effect, what's the impact?

The Broadband Report       "Net neutrality" rules under Internet regulation as imposed by the Federal Communications Commission took effect on Friday after a federal court denied a "stay" sought by Internet service providers. So what do the rules mean?

June 12

Premium Lock Startup Weekend features hackathon to develop apps for the disabled

Triangle Startup Weekend Developers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and more are gathering in Durham this weekend for Triangle Startup Weekend: Trailblazers. A highlight is a hackathon devoted to developing apps for the disabled. $100,000 in prize money is at stake at a national challenge in July.

Updated June 12

Premium Lock FCC's 'net neutrality' rules take effect Friday after court ruling

Net Neutrality "Net neutrality" rules for the Internet are set to take effect Friday after a federal court denied a move by service providers to delay them. However, the court also expedited a hearing on the rules, a move the Internet companies applaud.

June 5

Premium Lock The Internet-TV industry: Reviewing the wave of consolidations

Cable and Satellite TV Hookups ​Cable and satellite TV providers are joining together to get more heft as the Internet shakes up the television industry. By combining forces, cable companies can bulk up on subscribers, giving them greater power to negotiate with entertainment conglomerates that supply content. They also can gain access to new technologies.

Updated June 4

Premium Lock As Ellmers takes on FCC, AT&T negotiates 'net neutrality' to win DirecTV deal

FCC        AT&T is negotiating with the FCC in hopes of winning approval for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, offering to accept some "net neutrality" rules which it initially opposed. So says The Washington Post. But AT&T already has disclosed a willingness to compromise in seeking legal relief. Meanwhile, N.C. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers keeps pushing legislation to force more openness at the FCC.

May 19

Premium Lock Road risks: 70% now using social media, net while driving

Texting A new survey from AT&T finds that the threat of distracted drivers using smartphones has spread well beyond texting. Some 7 in 10 people now admit to web surfing, video chatting and even taking selfies while they are behind the wheel.

Updated May 19

Premium Lock AT&T CEO vs. FCC: 'These will not be the rules of the land ...'

Randall Stephenson Randall Stephenson, chair and CEO of AT&T, takes on the FCC in very blunt language during a presentation at a JPMorgan technology conference. AT&T has already sued against Internet regulation as imposed by the FCC and is also seeking a "stay" of some rules in another case. But Stephenson sees change on the horizon and thus AT&T will continue to invest in broadband. Our Insiders get the full story.

May 14

Premium Lock AT&T, trade group take FCC fight to court in attempt to stop new rules

FCC        The trade group USTelecom and AT&T are not giving up their fight to stop FCC rules that would impose regulation on the Internet, taking their case to federal court. The FCC last week rejected a "stay" on the rules. But AT&T and the group insist they are not opposed to "net neutrality." They oppose overall net regulation, predicting a "Department of the Internet."

May 14

Premium Lock Quintiles buying $250M in investor shares; BioCryst drug trial; AT&T-Hulu deal; new Leovo phones; Tumblr vs. bullying

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Quintiles is buying back $250 million in stock as investors sell shares; BioCryst prepares for new drug trial; AT&T makes a deal with Hulu; Lenovo is unveiling new phones in China; and Tumblr targets bullying.

Updated May 12

Premium Lock Report: AT&T likely to win approval of $49B DirecTV deal

AT&T wants DirecTV     Federal regulators are likely to approve the $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by AT&T, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. However, some conditions may still be imposed on the deal.

Updated May 11

Premium Lock FCC rejects any delay in Internet regulation rules

FCC        The FCC has rejected a "stay" in the full implementation of new regulations for the Internet, saying that carriers such as AT&T "failed to demonstrate" that other parties such as users "will not be harmed."

Updated May 8

Premium Lock Chapel Hill to bring free Internet to public housing through AT&T, NC Next Generation Network

NC NGN The program will roll out to eight of the town's 13 public housing neighborhoods by the end of the year, bringing AT&T U-verse connections with speeds of up to 3 Mbps for five years. The company is participating in the program as part of an agreement with the N.C. Next Generation Network, an initiative of several municipalities and universities.

Updated May 4

Premium Lock AT&T launches high-speed Internet for businesses in Triangle

AT&T                As AT&T's "GigaPower" Internet service for consumers spreads across the Triangle, the telecommunications giant is now rolling out high-speed service targeting businesses. The Triangle "Business Fiber" rollout pits AT&T head-to-head with Frontier Communications in Durham County.

Updated May 1

Premium Lock AT&T, wireless trade groups ask FCC to 'stay' some broadband changes

FCC        AT&T and communications industry trade groups are asking the FCC to "stay" some of its recent decision to regulate Internet services. The "stay" request does not ask for a delay of fast lanes or throttling. But the providers are seeking relief from some of the ruling. Friday's request follows a lawsuit filed in April.

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