AT&T and Verizon CAF Plans for Rural Broadband Heading in Two Different Directions

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AT&T and Verizon CAF plans were revealed today, and it appears they have differing views on their rural broadband future. AT&T joins the list of telecom companies that have opted to accept most of the Connect America funding they were offered by the FCC earlier...Learn More

DirecTV Expands 4K Video Capability

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — A new set-top box from DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T family, makes it possible for more customers to watch 4K Ultra HD (UHD)* programming on nearly any 4K TV. The new 4K Genie Mini, which is about...Learn More

No Herd Following for AT&T on Subsidized Cellphones: Smart Move?

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Some fresh thinking about wireless comes from Anthony Ruben of Inflection Point Consulting, who penned a research note titled “AT&T Has a Unique Opportunity to Zig While the Market Zags” for Seeking Alpha. According to Ruben, Sprint’s announcement this week that it will no longer...Learn More

Large Telco Broadband Losses – Giving up on Broadband?

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If you read analysis from Leichtman Research Group, you may come to the conclusion that large tier one telcos, namely Verizon and AT&T, have all but given up on the residential broadband business – at least in non-FiOS and U-verse markets. According to LRG’s latest...Learn More

With $3.3 Billion in Bidding Credits Rejected, What’s Next for DISH Network?

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The possibility of DISH Network offering fixed broadband in rural areas could be in jeopardy now that the FCC has denied bidding credits in the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction to two companies that are majority owned by DISH. The bidding credits, intended to give small...Learn More

AT&T Digital You Offers On-Line Safety Resources

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AT&T has assembled a wealth of online tools and resources to support its Digital You online safety initiative announced today. The company worked with organizations such as Common Sense Media, the National Cyber Security Alliance, The Family Online Safety Institute and others in assembling the...Learn More

J.D. Power: Wireless Purchase Experience is a Mixed Bag

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Better sales efficiency and being able to exceed customer expectations are key attributes contributing to higher satisfaction among full-service wireless customers who have bought service online, according to the J.D. Power “2015 U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Full-Service Customer Performance Study – Vol. 2” and the...Learn More

CenturyLink OTT Video, High-Speed Copper Trials Planned

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CenturyLink is conducting or planning to conduct several interesting technology and market trials including an over-the-top video trial targeted for the fourth quarter of this year, according to CenturyLink Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing. The trial OTT offering is expected to sell for between $20...Learn More

AT&T to Credit DirecTV Customers Who Switch to AT&T Wireless

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DALLAS, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T is inviting DIRECTV and U-verse customers to take advantage of a new promotion of $500 credit per line for switching to AT&T’s wireless service. For a limited time, DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse TV customers who switch their wireless...Learn More

Among Gigabit Broadband Noise, There is Deafening Silence

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Gigabit broadband has captured the imagination of the broadband industry. There is at least one weekly announcement of a new gigabit deployment, sometimes more. We know many service providers, large and small, are launching gigabit services. The number is in excess of 100 deployments, most...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Doubles Speed, Adds Free Wi-Fi Router

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Comcast said today it is doubling the speed of its low-income Internet Essentials broadband service at no extra cost and adding a free Wi-Fi router to the offering. The cable company also will expand eligibility for the program and conduct a trial of a discounted...Learn More

AT&T MobileTV Featured in New All in One Bundles of Pay TV, Wireless

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AT&T didn’t waste any time putting together service bundles that include its traditional offerings as well as the nationwide satellite TV service the company gained through its recently completed DirecTV acquisition. The company on August 10 will launch what it says is the first-ever service...Learn More