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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
The plan, dubbed Edge, will be introduced Aug. 25, and allows the buyer to spread the full retail price of the phone, without subsidies, over 24 months. A buyer who has paid off 50 percent of the cost of the phone can upgrade to a new phone after six months.
With AT&T's data speeds on a tear, Verizon Wireless is playing catch-up, trying to manage its congested 2 1/2-year-old network, while working to get a new faster network online. A recent speed-test rating is a reversal for the two top wireless carriers.
Which mobile carrier has the fastest 4G network? PC Magazine's test found that AT&T edged out competitors. Read more about the test findings.