AT&T

  • Rep. Matsui Calls For Congressional Oversight Of AT&T And Comcast Deals

    Rep. Matsui Calls For Congressional Oversight Of AT&T And Comcast Deals

    Earlier today Rep. Doris Matsui called for a Congressional hearing on the proposed deals between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV. The massive deals would further consolidate the pay-TV and broadband industries. The proposed transactions are quite controversial. The arguments are the usual fare: Allowing the firms to combine will allow for efficiencies to be exploited… Read More

  • AT&T Plans To Expand Its 4G LTE Network To The Wild Blue Yonder With Inflight Connectivity

    AT&T Plans To Expand Its 4G LTE Network To The Wild Blue Yonder With Inflight Connectivity

    When I fly, I am afforded a few brief hours of sublime luxury when I’m not connected to the Internet – I live in Canada, you see, where in-flight Wi-Fi between our country and the U.S. still isn’t all that normal. But one day soon, you won’t be able to escape the web, even at 30,000 feet, no matter where you’re flying from or to, and AT&T’s newly… Read More

  • Yes, AT&T’s Threat To Boycott Next Year’s Spectrum Auction Was Bullshit

    Yes, AT&T’s Threat To Boycott Next Year’s Spectrum Auction Was Bullshit

    AT&T: The rules proposed for the 2015 spectrum auction are crap, and we may not take part! FCC: Yeah, sure, right, whatever, no. AT&T: Fine, haha, we were just kidding. Or, to be more precise: Our desire to participate in this auction and our hope for a successful auction is  unchanged. We believe that all stakeholders will be able to work together to achieve a successful… Read More

  • AT&T Launches $500M Joint Venture To Invest In The Next Netflix

    AT&T Launches $500M Joint Venture To Invest In The Next Netflix

    There’s a new $500 million pool of potential capital floating around earmarked for the creation of over-the-top video services, thanks to AT&T and Chernin Group, who have collaborated on the new venture (via GigaOM). The team-up aims to pool resources from the two companies to “acquire, invest in and launch” OTT video services, including subscription VOD businesses… Read More

  • AT&T May Sit Out 2015 Spectrum Auction Over Rules Dustup

    AT&T May Sit Out 2015 Spectrum Auction Over Rules Dustup

    AT&T is not happy with the rules the FCC has proposed for a 2015 spectrum auction that would reserve a piece of the airwaves for sale for smaller providers that lack low-frequency range. The second-largest wireless company in the U.S. is not happy with that. Read More

  • Weev Needs To Walk

    Weev Needs To Walk

    Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer is a troll, but he’s not a criminal. This is clear. In his recent appearance in federal appellate court in Philadelphia, the ignorance surrounding his actions and the lack of proof that they are a felony, even according to the wide-open standards of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, makes it clear that the defendant should walk. Read More

  • AT&T Releases Transparency Data On Government Requests For Customer Data

    AT&T Releases Transparency Data On Government Requests For Customer Data

    Today AT&T joined Verizon in releasing data concerning government requests for its customer information. Verizon released similar data in January. A host of technology companies have done the same. In 2013, AT&T received between 2,000 and 2,999 National Security Letters, impacting 4,000 to 4,999 customer accounts. Verizon, for comparison, received “between 1,000 and… Read More

  • AT&T Launches “Toll-Free” Internet To Let Companies Sponsor Parts Of Users’ Data Plans

    AT&T Launches “Toll-Free” Internet To Let Companies Sponsor Parts Of Users’ Data Plans

    Today AT&T launched a new service to allow companies to pay for the data on select web content that would otherwise use the data allotted to a consumer’s wireless data plan. AT&T is aiming the “Sponsored Data” service at consumers who want to watch a movie trailer or football game but don’t want to pay overage charges or increase the caps on their data plans. Read More

  • U.S. Senator Issues Letter To Top 5 Wireless Carriers Urging Kill Switch Adoption

    U.S. Senator Issues Letter To Top 5 Wireless Carriers Urging Kill Switch Adoption

    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has today taken up the battle cry of numerous legislators before her, calling for wireless carriers to enable new anti-theft technology on handsets. According to the Senator, one-third of robberies involve cell phone theft, resulting in an estimated $30 billion in lost or stolen phones. That said, Klobuchar has written a letter to the heads of the… Read More

  • The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near

    The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near

    For almost a decade and a half, mobile customers – and Americans in particular – have enjoyed a certain economic perk: phone subsidies from the major carriers. This meant you could, on sign-up, get a very expensive phone for at most a few hundred dollars and, as an incentive to hang around, upgrade that phone every few years. These subsidies seemed as God-given as freedom of speech… Read More