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Premium Lock Verizon model may be path to salvation for entertainment providers

The Broadband Report       Analysis: As recent earnings reports show quite clearly, the TV advertising model is at risk and needs to evolve, writes Seth Ulinski, senior analyst for advertising technology, at Technology Business Research. Is Verizon showing the way to survive with its deal to buy AOL?

August 28

'Bold but reckless:' Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Sprint ​Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphoneservice in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T. An analyst calls the offer bold but reckless.

Updated August 28

AT&T, CenturyLink to use $42M in FCC funds for rural NC broadband expansion

Fiber optic network                     AT&T and CenturyLink are going to expand broadband Internet access to nearly 50,000 rural area homes and businesses over the next three years using some $42 million in funds provided by the Federal Communications Commission.

Updated August 18

Premium Lock US delays for a year plan to give up Internet control

The Broadband Report       The Department of Commerce on Monday said it was delaying by a year a plan to release control of the Internet. In a blog post, an executive with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration says the Internet "community" needs time "to complete" plans for the transition.

August 12

Premium Lock For investors, Google Alphabet spells R-I-S-K

Google Analysis: Google reorganized its portfolio on Aug. 10, shifting high-risk and noncore elements into a new holding company called Alphabet while retaining its core ad and attention-generation machine under the Google brand. The move is a crafty way to continue innovating while not being hammered for decelerating revenue and profit growth rates, as CEO Larry Page said, "Google is not a conventional company."

August 12

AT&T to Wall Street: Acquisitions mean 'we're a different company'

AT&T wants DirecTV     Randall Stephenson, chair and CEO of AT&T, is delivering an upbeat presentation to Wall Street analysts today. In a webconference set to begin at 10 a.m. EST, Stephenson will lay out reasons why he believes the company's recent acquisitions, including DirecTV, mean more growth.

Updated August 10

Raleigh ranks No. 10 in wireless service study; Durham 82nd, Fayetteville 45th

Wireless coverage survey A new survey from research firm Root Metrics shows Raleigh ranks No. 10 for overall wireless service among the nation's major metro areas. Durham, however, ranks well down the list at 82nd. Fayetteville comes in at No. 45 with Charlotte 32nd.

Updated August 10

Premium Lock Alcatel-Lucent showing new signs of life after restructuring

Alcatel Lucent Analysis: Alcatel-Lucent's restructuring leads to tangible improvements in cash flow and margins in 2Q15 despite weak spending by service providers, says Technology Business Research analyst Michael Soper. Alcatel-Lucent maintains an operation in Raleigh.

Updated August 5

Premium Lock Google's ultra-fast Internet service to expand to San Antonio

Google Fiber Google's ultra-fast Internet service is coming to San Antonio, the largest city yet to be promised the opportunity to accelerate the speed of their online access.

August 4

Premium Lock DC federal court to hear net neutrality suit in December

Internet Internet service providers and trade groups, including AT&T and Verizon, will get their day in court in December to argue against so-called "net neutrality" rules imposed by the FCC earlier this year.

August 3

Premium Lock Worried about who will control Internet in future? Speak out now

The Broadband Report       The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has been in control of all-important domain names since 1998 and is crucial to governing the global Internet. Now, ICANN has formally filed a proposal on transfer of ICANN's control from the U.S. government to a global community. If you have concerns or comments, now is the time to speak up.

Updated August 3

Premium Lock With DirecTV deal done, AT&T offers wireless-TV bundle

AT&T wants DirecTV     AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.

Updated July 31

Premium Lock AT&T, CenturyLink, trade groups won't cave to FCC net regulation

Fiber optic network                     In a new court brief, Internet providers including AT&T, CenturyLink and several trade groups are refusing to give up their fight against Internet regulation as a utility that the FCC imposed earlier this year. AT&T made concessions to FCC demands to win approval for its DirecTV buy, but the brief shows lingering concern about what the FCC is doing.

July 29

Premium Lock Twitter growth sputters; Yelp shares plunge; CommScope sales drop; CleanTech cluster grows

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Twitter's slow user growth hurts; Yelp financials trigger share drop; CommScope sales fall from a year ago; and the Triangle Cleantech cluster adds a new member.

July 27

Premium Lock Software turns smartphones into medical research tools

 Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life.

July 23

Premium Lock Cisco's incoming CEO: 'Going to be a fantastic ride'

Chuck Robbins Cisco is selling its set-top business - a $10 billion deal the company made for Scientific Atlanta a decade ago - for $600 million. It's also making more organizational changes internally as UNC graduate Chuck Robbins prepares to take over as CEO.

July 22

Premium Lock FCC chair backs AT&T-DirecTV merger - with conditions

AT&T wants DirecTV     The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV. But there are conditions.

Updated July 21

Premium Lock AT&T kicks off ultra-fast Internet, U-verse in Durham, Greensboro

AT&T GigaPower    AT&T executives along with business leaders from Durham will be on hand today for the formal launch of ultra-fast Internet service in the Bull City and Durham County as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network. AT&T is also offering its U-verse entertainment network.

July 21

Premium Lock AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to Greensboro

Fiber optic network                     AT&T expands the reach of its fiber-optic Internet service to Greensboro on the same day it also took GigaPower into Durham. The network now offers service in parts of eight N.C. cities.

Updated July 20

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

AT&T GigaPower    AT&T executives along with business leaders from Durham will be on hand today for the formal launch of ultra-fast Internet service in the Bull City and Durham County as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network.

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