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Posts tagged “AT&T”

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.

April 29

Premium Lock AT&T fires a top executive over racist text; $100M lawsuit continues

AT&T                AT&T on Tuesday confirmed that it has fired Aaron Slator, a president who became the subject of a $100 million discrimination lawsuit for using his work phone to send racially offensive images.

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April 27

Premium Lock Inside AT&T: Internet of things, gigabit Internet, DirectTV are next frontiers

AT&T GigaPower    Analysis: Many changes are afoot at AT&T, as a review of its latest earnings report and what's happening across the company shows. For example: AT&T will capitalize on IoT and new acquisitions to offset decelerating phone subscriber growth in 2015, writes analyst Eric Costa of Technology Business Research.

Updated April 27

Premium Lock AT&T, video streamers among big winners in Comcast-TWC deal collapse

Comcast Time Warner Cable The breakdown of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. Conversely, it's being hailed as a victory for consumer advocates and the competitors of the two companies.

April 23

Premium Lock Facebook call app; AT&T expects merger OK; FCC killing Comcast-TWC deal?; Facebook earnings; eBay thinks small

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and science news: Want to make a call on Facebook? There's an app for that; AT&T sees DirecTV merger advancing; is the FCC killing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal?; Facebook strong in mobile ads; eBay thinks small as PayPal split nears.

Updated April 23

Premium Lock Google launches own wireless service for $20 a month - or less

Google is offering a wireless phone service designed to pressure major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless into lowering their prices. Sprint and T-Mobile are its partners. Customers will be charged only for the data they used. Like Raleigh-based Republic Wireless, Google's service is a blend of cellular and Wi-Fi technology.

April 15

Premium Lock As FCC chair defends 'net neutrality,' AT&T, trade groups sue

Fiber optic network                    AT&T, the CTIA wireless trade association as well as the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the American Cable Association launched lawsuits Tuesday against the FCC's recently passed "net neutrality" rules. But in a speech the FCC chair defends the rules and the FCC says it expects to prevail.

April 13

Premium Lock Report: AT&T performance leads wireless providers in Raleigh

AT&T                AT&T is the No. 1 wireless provider in the Raleigh metro area for the second consecutive time, based on independent testing by RootMetrics. Verizon is second. AT&T led in all tested categories but one. However, T-Mobile is rising fast.

Updated April 9

Premium Lock AT&T beefs up standard Internet speeds in Triangle

AT&T                Competition is driving up choice and Internet speeds across the Triangle with AT&T launching the latest round of faster access on Thursday. Customers can now get much faster net access even if they can't get AT&T's fiber network or don't want it. Time Warner Cable also recently began upping its Internet speeds.

Updated April 8

Premium Lock FCC smacks AT&T with record $25M fine for data breaches

AT&T                AT&T is paying a whopping $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.

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