Updated April 28

Premium Lock Venessa Harrison: The journey from operator to president AT&T North Carolina

Born in Raleigh to a family that included 10 children, Venessa Harrison rose through the corporate ranks at AT&T to become president of the communication giant's operations in North Carolina. A champion for her native state, she pushed for early deployment of AT&T fiber, helped land the North Carolina Next Generation Network, and now is pushing broadband access for all communities in the firm's service area. For her efforts, Harrison is one of the first five people named to WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame. Here's an in-depth Q&A about her life, career, memories and challenges.

Updated April 27

Premium Lock FCC chief lays out strategy on undoing 'net neutrality' rules

Ajit Pai The head of the country's telecommunications regulator says there will be a vote in May on ditching Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that keep telecoms from favoring some sites and apps. Reaction is mixed.

April 26

Premium Lock Inside AT&T: Consumer biz initiatives yield minimal results - so far

The Broadband Report       Analysis: AT&T's unlimited data strategy strengthens its position as an integrated solutions provider, but did not generate postpaid net additions in 1Q17, notes Technology Business Research Analyst Steve Vachon.

Updated April 26

Premium Lock AT&T sheds more lucrative wireless customers in 1Q

AT&T                            AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it lost more of its most lucrative wireless customers during the first three months of the year as the country's biggest mobile carriers try to lure customers from each other with offers of unlimited data plans.

April 26

Premium Lock Internet firms, advocacy groups prepare for 'net neutrality' showdown

Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Plus: Groups on opposite side of the issue weigh in.

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April 17

Premium Lock Telecom lobbying muscle leads to killing of privacy rules

The Broadband Report       Republicans struck down Obama-era rules that would have imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers' personal data. Digital-rights and consumer-advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation supported keeping the rules. But they were outmatched by telecom trade groups and lobbyists.

Updated April 14

Premium Lock $19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service

FCC    Consumers could see more competition and better mobile service after the end of a big U.S. government auction transferring airwave rights from TV broadcasters to companies interested in wireless networks.

Updated April 11

Premium Lock Google Fiber expands Triangle service to Brier Creek

Google Fiber in Triangle Google Fiber is expanding its ultra-fast Internet and entertainment network in the Triangle, now taking service orders in the Brier Creek area of northwest Raleigh near Raleigh Durham International Airport.

April 10

Premium Lock AT&T preps for 5G with $1.25B buy of Straight Path

The Broadband Report       AT&T is buying Virginia-based Straight Path in a $1.2 billion all-stock deal that provides the communications giant with wireless spectrum across the top 40 U.S. metropolitan markets. The company says the acquisition positions itself for delivery of forth-coming, faster 5G wireless services.

April 4

Premium Lock Trump signs bill overriding FCC data privacy rules

Cybersecurity President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill that wipes away rules passed by the FCC last year to protect data and privacy for customers utilizing Internet Service Providers.

Updated April 1

Premium Lock AT&T, Verizon, Comcast say consumer data protections remain in place

The Broadband Report       Executives at AT&T, Verizon and Comcast published blogposts Friday, insisting that customers' protections remain in place despite new legislation that revises broadband privacy rules.

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Updated March 31

Premium Lock AT&T wins multi-billion-dollar contract to build first responder network (+ video)

AT&T wins a multi-year contract to build a nation-wide high-speed network for first responders and says it will invest $40 billion in building it. The communications giant will receive up to $6.5 billion in funding from an independent arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as access to wireless spectrum. Plus: Deatils about the network and video.

March 29

Premium Lock House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation + What bill means

Broadband Internet Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.. Plus: What the death of broadband privacy rules means

March 27

Premium Lock Report: 59% of pay-TV subscribers object to ads based on personal data

The U.S. Senate and FCC are changing rules about how service providers can utilize customer data, but that doesn't mean pay-TV subscribers like the intrusion, especially of personalized ads targeting them based on individual information.

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March 24

Premium Lock AT&T expands fiber network in Triad, boosts NC wireless capacity

AT&T                            Responding to what it says is growing customer demand and usage, AT&T is expanding both its fiber footprint and wireless networks in North Carolina.

Updated March 24

Premium Lock Google Fiber: We've reached nearly 500K people in Triangle with programs, events

Google Fiber may be available only in limited areas of the Triangle but its community reach is close to 500,000 "unique" participants and visitors, the company says in a report. Plus, 366 people have been helped to bridge the "digital divide."

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March 23

Premium Lock Senate votes to undo broadband privacy rules that protect user data

The Broadband Report       The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

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