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AT&T-DirecTV merger; Bell and Howell spinoff; IBM analytics at Wimbledon; Facebook vs. Cisco; parking app blocked;
In today's Bulldog blog wrapup of technology news: AT&T goes to Congress to pitch DirecTV deal; Triangle firm Bell and Howell spins off a software operation; IBM analyzes Wimbledon; Facebook switch a threat to Cisco?; San Francisco says "no" to parking space app.
The City of Raleigh and AT&T have signed an agreement to open the way for AT&T to build an ultrafast Internet network in Raleigh. The AT&T plan is part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative.
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The City of Durham's agreement with AT&T for the deployment of an ultrafast Internet agreement is not exclusive and therefore doesn't preclude a similar agreement with Google, says Deputy City Manager Wanda Page.
The City of Durham has reached an agreement with AT&T to deploy an ultrafast Internet network as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative. AT&T is seeking to build a fiber network ahead of Google, which has listed the Triangle as one of the targets for its Google Fiber network. Raleigh has given preliminary approval.
Thursday's agreement with the City of Durham for building of an ultrafast Internet network brings AT&T more than another step closer to deployment of the North Carolina Next Generation network. The move also takes the communication giant into what for it largely new market.
From cloud computing to helping consumers get out of cellphone contracts to software that reduces "digital distractions," six Triangle firms are getting a financial boost from economic development group NC IDEA.
AT&T is touting to regulators that its proposed acquisition of DirecTV would enable the combined company to speed up deployment for ultra-fast Internet and entertainment networks. But buried deep in an SEC filing, AT&T also offers the prospect of more fixed wireless broadband at cable-like speeds. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear al a carte content offerings are on the menu.
In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds. The Triangle is among the markets on AT&T's fiber deployment list.
AT&T boosted its full-year revenue forecast Tuesday, citing strong wireless trends. The company said it expects a second-quarter net addition of more than 800,000 in "post-paid" plans. Those are high-value customers who have contracts or long-term installment plans. It's also 175,000 more than the number added during the previous quarte
Which high-speed Internet service delivers the most consistent high-definition quality service in the Raleigh area? AT&T's U-Verse, says a new rankings system launched by Google-owned YouTube.
The move will bring its service in line with Google's fiber rollout in cities such as Kansas City and Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas; and an AT&T rollout in Austin and a planned offering in Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.
Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger --the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable-- makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.
In a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s, four major wireless phone companies are now providing text-to-911 services to local governments that want it. North Carolina is among the states where the program is being launched.
One of the hidden benefits of AT&T's $48.5 billion planned purchase of DirecTV is that it raises the possibility of making DirecTV's programming crown jewel, NFL Sunday Ticket, more broadly available on mobile devices.
With 5.7 million U-verse TV customers and 20.3 million DirecTV customers in the U.S., the combined AT&T-DirecTV would serve 26 million. That would make it the second-largest pay TV operator behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable, which would serve 30 million under a $45 billion merger proposed in February.
AT&T is seeking to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion, of $95 per share, in a deal to help it better compete with rivals. Why is it happening? What's next?