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6:58 a.m. yesterday

AT&T joins Verizon in pushing 5G wireless technology

Wireless spectrum    AT&T says it will test the next evolution of wireless technology known as "4G" in Austin, Texas by the end of this year. The communications giant joins rival Verizon in exploring a network that could deliver data 100 times as fast as current 4G service known as LTE.

Updated 1:58 p.m. Thursday

Congress OKs ban on local Internet taxes; trade groups hail move

Internet  Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. A communications trade group hailed the decision.

Updated February 6

Google Fiber promises free ultra-fast Internet access to public housing

Google Fiber, which is in the process of deploying in the Triangle, is promising free ultra-fast Internet access to all public housing properties in cities where it offers service. The aim is to deliver the fast Internet "to those who need it most," a Google executive says. Google says it is doing so "voluntarily."

Connecting in Kansas City Connecting in Kansas City

February 5

NC Commerce chief renews push for crowdfunding

Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told a legislative panel Thursday that North Carolina needs to help small businesses find investment capital so they can grow, and one way to do that is to legalize crowdfunding.

John Skvarla wants crowdfunding John Skvarla wants crowdfunding

Updated February 4

Frontier: 'We applaud' ConnectHome net plan, touts own efforts

Frontier Communications Frontier Communications offers praise for the ConnectHome plan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which includes a partnership with Google Fiber. But Frontier, which provides services in the Durham area, points out its own efforts to expand broadband access.

February 3

AT&T applauds Google Fiber's 'free' offer to community centers, notes its own efforts to bridge 'digital divide'

AT&T GigaPower     While praising Google Fiber's announced plans Wednesday to offer free ultra-fast Internet access to public housing communities, AT&T notes it is already doing so at several Triangle and Triad locations. And a new program for discounted access is coming.

January 29

Premium Lock FCC on broadband: 'More work' needed; trade group calls report 'ludicrous'

Fiber optic network                     The FCC says in an annual report on broadband that a "persistent digital divide" remains and that it intends to "accelerate" deployment through a variety of means. A trade group representing Internet providers such as AT&T and Verizon dismissed the report, calling it a "cynical, fact-starved exercise."

January 28

FCC wants you to have to pay less for cable boxes - here's the plan

Cable  The government wants to make it easier for you to buy and use cable boxes from companies other than your cable provider. This could help companies like TiVo, Roku and Apple deliver a cable feed, too, as part of their video recorders or streaming-TV devices. We have the details of the proposal.

Updated January 28

Premium Lock FCC could take 'immediate action' to speed up broadband

The FCC is scheduled to unveil a new report today about the availability of broadband. But it's also likely to create more tension between the industry and the agency which already are fighting in court over "net neutrality" and Internet regulation.

Tom Wheeler    Tom Wheeler

Updated January 28

New wireless service promises ultra-fast gigabit Internet

Cable's pricey Internet packages may get some competition from the founder of Aereo, whose first attempt to shake up the cable industry was quashed by the Supreme Court. It's called Starry, and the service is scheduled to launch in Boston. The price is expected to be less than $80 a month.

January 27

Inside AT&T: Earnings miss but CEO optimistic; interactive graphic plots earnings

AT&T                   AT&T on Tuesday reported a quarterly profit that slightly missed Wall Street expectations as it added fewer customers on contracts and other core plans than it did the year before. Our wrapup includes an interactive graphic on the earnings and what AT&T's top executive had to say about the financials.

Updated January 22

Premium Lock AT&T's fiber network surges past 23,500 business customers in NC

The Broadband Report       In December, AT&T put on a job fair in the triangle, hoping to hire 80 technicians for its expanding GigaPower and fiber-optic network services. Part of the reason became clear this week: AT&T has added more than 23,500 business customers to its network over the past couple of years.

Updated January 13

Premium Lock Triangle-based Overture is acquired by German optical networking firm

Overture, a Triangle-based company that sells Ethernet networking technology worldwide, has been acquired by ADVA Optical Networking. Overture says it was approached by ADVA about making a deal. The combination doubles the global market share of the firms in Ethernet networking. ADVA reportedly paid $35 million for the company.

Overture-ADVA deal overview Overture-ADVA deal overview

January 11

Premium Lock New AT&T offer triggers question: Are unlimited data wireless plans coming back?

AT&T and DirecTV      AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV service, signaling a potential reversal of industry trends toward data caps and charges for big video watchers.

Updated December 29, 2015

Premium Lock Could Donald Trump really shut down the Internet?

The Broadband Report       Donald Trump says the government must work with "brilliant people" in Silicon Valley to keep violent extremists offline, even if it means shutting down parts of the Internet. But what he's proposing isn't possible with today's technology.

December 17, 2015

Premium Lock RDU International reaches agreement with Uber, Lyft for ride-sharing

RDU International Airport has reached a formal agreement with ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft that spells out how they can pick up and drop off riders.

Uber access at RDU Uber access at RDU

Updated December 17, 2015

Premium Lock FCC to question AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile about free data plans

FCC The Federal Communications Commission has sent letters to AT&T, T-Mobile and Comcast seeking more information about free data plans. FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler says the letters aren't part of an investigation, but concerns have been expressed about whether the plans go against recently implemented net neutrality rules.

December 17, 2015

Premium Lock AT&T looking to hire more than 80 technicians in Triangle

Help wanted sign        As AT&T continues to expand its GigaPower high-speed Internet and entertainment network across the Triangle, the communications giant needs workers. On Friday, AT&T is holding a job fair as it looks to fill more than 80 technician jobs.

December 16, 2015

Premium Lock Netflix to save bandwidth; VTech hack arrest; Uber-Lyft union; Germany targets hate speech; Samsung wants $399M case tossed

Bulldog In today's roundup of technology headlines: Netflix is re-coding to save bandwidth; VTech hack arrest has been made; the first Uber-Lyft union is OK'd; Germany targets quick net hate speech removal; and Samsung wants $399M court loss to Apple tossed.

Updated December 11, 2015

Premium Lock Surviving a 'Widow Maker,' starting a third life - and giving thanks

Heart research A personal blog from the editor: Three months ago, I should have died in my yard. That's what the health professionals keep telling me, anyway. Someone Else had other plans. How else can you explain escaping what one doctor told me was a "Widow Maker"? Today I am recovering, savoring my "third life," and I'm very thankful.

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