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Posts tagged “Verizon”

February 13, 2014

Premium Lock Verizon Wireless to cut prices, double data plans in price war

New iPhones          Verizon Wireless, bowing to competitive pressure from T-Mobile US and AT&T, will double monthly data allowances for some customers and include international text messaging under existing plans. The changes were announced Thursday.

Updated February 10, 2014

Premium Lock Poll: Americans give 'C' to broadband efforts in schools

The Broadband Report: On the heels of the president's progress report on ConnectED last week, a majority of American adults rated the current state of technology in U.S. public schools with a mediocre C grade or worse. According to a new poll from the LEAD Commission, voters support the implementation of better access to high-speed Internet in classrooms to help improve that grade.

ConnectEd ConnectEd

February 4, 2014

Premium Lock High-tech firms pledge $750M to expand broadband in schools

Fiber optic network                   President Obama has secured commitments from U.S. companies worth about $750 million to get more students connected to high-speed Internet. AT&T, Sprint, Apple and Microsoft are among the companies pitching in.

Updated February 2, 2014

Premium Lock Price war: AT&T cutting family wireless plans $40 a month

New iPhones          AT&T, the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier is introducing service plans aimed at families that use lots of data, cutting $40 a month from premium users' bills. Under the new offer, families with four smartphones can pay $160 a month for 10-gigabits of shared data, unlimited calling and text messaging.

Updated January 31, 2014

Premium Lock NC AT&T exec praises FCC decision backing web technology tests for phone sevice

FCC     The FCC will let telephone companies led by AT&T. conduct trials of digital services, in a step toward loosening rules written for copper-wire networks in the fast-fiber age. While AT&T hailed the decision, the Open Technology Institute says much work needs to be done in reshaping phone networks and ensuring quality service at affordable rates.

January 21, 2014

Premium Lock Verizon beats Street estimates with wireless users upping their spending

Verizon  Verizon Communications, the second-largest U.S. phone company behind AT&T, reported fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as customers' wireless bills increased even as competition intensified.

January 17, 2014

Premium Lock FCC explores options in fight for Internet access rules

FCC     As it fights to reclaim the power to require equal treatment of Internet traffic, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has two paths in a regulatory battle pitting phone carriers against Web companies: Seek new legislation or look at "Ma Bell" monopoly phone regulation as in the days of the breakup for AT&T.

January 15, 2014

Premium Lock Verizon's victory over FCC could trigger bigger Internet charges

Internet     Verizon Communications's victory in an appeals court challenge to U.S. equal treatment rules for the Internet could leave companies such as Netflix and Amazon.com facing higher charges for the fastest service.

January 14, 2014

Premium Lock Court strikes down FCC's Internet broadband rules

Broadband  Higher Internet charges coming? Verizon Communications wins its challenge to U.S. open-Internet regulations as an appeals court ruled against the Federal Communications Commission, saying the agency's restrictions have no basis in federal law.

Updated January 9, 2014

Premium Lock Take that, AT&T: T-Mobile to pay fees for customers to switch carriers

T-Mobile touts its network coverage T-Mobile US Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Legere, a self-styled rebel of the wireless industry who was thrown out of an AT&T party this week, took the stage Wednesday to back up his bluster with results and offer to pay customers to switch networks - a response to a similar offer for AT&T.

January 7, 2014

Premium Lock AT&T offers toll-free data plan; Verizon sells spectrum to T-Mobile for $2.4B

Wireless spectrum  The battle for wireless customers continues with AT&T offering a way for businesses to pay for data so consumers can get toll-free access while Verizon sells spectrum to rival T-Mobile.

December 23, 2013

Premium Lock AT&T, Verizon to report law enforcement requests for customer data

Verizon  AT&T, amid pressure from shareholders and privacy advocates, says it will join Verizon Communications Inc. and start reporting requests from law- enforcement officials for customer information.

Updated December 9, 2013

Premium Lock Every tech company needs to join 'Global Government Surveillance Reform' movement

Debating Internet regulation AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, other communications providers and tech firms need to join Google, Facebook and others in calling for changes in US, other governments' spying on Internet and telecommunications users. New disclosures such as a report today about spying on virtual worlds and online gamers makes this issue even more crucial to our use of the Internet today and in the future.

November 21, 2013

Premium Lock Wireless providers block smartphone 'kill switch,' government officials say

New Moto G   Reports of carriers blocking a proposed "kill switch" that would allow stolen phones to be disabled are "highly disturbing," say the attorney general for New York and the district attorney for San Francisco.

November 15, 2013

Premium Lock 'Unlock' phones or face regulation, FCC chair warns carriers

FCC   "It is now time for the industry to act voluntarily or for the FCC to regulate," Tom Wheeler, the Democratic chairman of the agency, said in a letter to Steve Largent, president of CTIA-The Wireless Association. Wheeler proposed having a policy in place "before the December holiday season."

October 31, 2013

Premium Lock Sprint unveils faster wireless network in challenge to AT&T, Verizon

Called "Sprint Spark," the new network offers speeds up to 2 gigabits per second. That's much faster than Long Term Evolution technology, which is deployed by other wireless carriers.

4G speeds 4G speeds

Updated September 23, 2013

Premium Lock AT&T expands NC footprint with $780M deal for Alltel

AT&T The second-largest U.S. wireless carrier agreed earlier this year to buy spectrum and subscribers from Atlantic Tele-Network Inc., or Alltel as it is known, in a cash deal, bolstering the company's network and bringing in 620,000 new customers. Of those, 100,000 are in North Carolina.

September 14, 2013

Premium Lock Wireless carriers unveil installment plan prices for iPhones

T-Mobile US Inc., AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, touting their new installment-plan approach to mobile-phone pricing, will offer Apple's iPhone 5C without an initial down payment.

New iPhones          New iPhones

September 3, 2013

Premium Lock Verizon reclaims U.S. wireless stake for $130B

Verizon Wireless Verizon will own its wireless business outright after agreeing Monday to pay $130 billion for the 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.

August 29, 2013

Premium Lock Vodafone in talks to sell U.S. Verizon Wireless stake

Verizon Wireless Vodafone Group Plc is in talks to sell its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless to U.S. partner Verizon Communications Inc. in what would be the biggest deal in more than a decade.

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