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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
AT&T applauds Google Fiber's 'free' offer to community centers, notes its own efforts to bridge 'digital divide'
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Netflix to save bandwidth; VTech hack arrest; Uber-Lyft union; Germany targets hate speech; Samsung wants $399M case tossed
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.
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.