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Posts tagged “Verizon”

Updated May 20, 2014

Premium Lock Texting 911 for emergencies coming to North Carolina

Tracking cell phones  In a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s, four major wireless phone companies are now providing text-to-911 services to local governments that want it. North Carolina is among the states where the program is being launched.

Updated May 16, 2014

Premium Lock Warren Buffett ups his stake in IBM, also buys Verizon shares

Warren Buffett    Warren Buffett's company disclosed a new investment of 11 million shares in Verizon Communications Inc. Thursday and increased its stakes in Wal-Mart and IBM. Berkshire Hathaway now owns 68.4 million IBM shares,

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April 24, 2014

Premium Lock Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.

Verizon   The largest U.S. cellphone carrier on Thursday posted a 23 percent profit increase in its first quarter, during which it completed the acquisition of the 45 percent stake in its wireless division from British cellphone carrier Vodafone Group PLC.

Updated April 21, 2014

Premium Lock AT&T expands gigabit Internet plan to more Triangle, NC markets

AT&T touts its GigaPower     AT&T says it will expand super-fast Internet services to as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas, several of which are in the Triangle and North Carolina. Apex, Garner and Morrisville have been added to the Triangle target list that already includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carborro and Cary.

Updated April 16, 2014

Premium Lock Smartphone kill switch coming? Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

New iPhones          A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

March 6, 2014

Premium Lock Verizon Wireless ranks highest in new performance study

Wireless spectrum   Verizon Wireless ranked highest among its peers in four out of five categories in a national study by that measured network performance. In a six-month review of reliability, speed, call quality, data and text messaging, Verizon Wireless's score was 89.7 out of 100 and AT&T Inc.'s was 86.2.

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.

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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 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.

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