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The AT&T-DirecTV Merger and the Problem With the Telecoms Industry

The Federal Communications Commission approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV on Friday. And, as expected, the commission imposed conditions on the company that should help telecommunications users in many parts of the country.<p>This deal posed significantly fewer antitrust problems than …

FCC approves AT&T, DirecTV merger 'with conditions'

With the acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T is poised to become the second-largest TV provider in the United States.<p>Summer Fridays are typically regarded …

Net Neutrality

Technology Innovation Showcase | AT&T

Improving safety and preventing accidents in hot cars.<p>Making devices in your home smarter.<p>An innovative approach to healthcare.<p>Keeping your family’s …

Innovation

Why Netflix Wants The AT&T/DirecTV Merger Killed

The company, of course, has its own agenda, even if it may be right.<p><b>Netflix</b> (NASDAQ:NFLX) was a leading critic of the failed <b>Comcast</b></b> …

Net Neutrality

AT&T's first self-branded tablet is built for the budget crowd

Hey, Verizon: you're not the only US carrier that can play the in-house tablet game. AT&T has unveiled the Trek HD, the network's first self-branded slate. The 8-inch Android design isn't exactly flagship-class, but it might hit the spot if you want LTE data on the cheap. You're getting a modest …

Report: Regulators Won't Block AT&T, DirecTV Deal

comcast time warner merger would have had 58 percent of broadband users in the usa with comcast that kinda control woulda been deadly to any isp<p>it …

Net Neutrality

AT&T to offer Hulu on website, app this year- Technology News, Firstpost

Tech Trends

Dish has a big plan to take on AT&T, Verizon, and Google

The documents reveal that the company is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help Dish enter the wireless carrier space, where it will directly compete with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and now Google.<p>"We are preparing for something big," the document says, according to Yahoo Finance. "This is …

Cellular Networks

AT&T to battle Comcast, Google Fiber with 1-Gig service in Atlanta

AT&T (NYSE: T) is taking on Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Comcast's new 2-Gig offering with the launch of its fiber-based 1-Gig GigaPower service …

Google Fiber

AT&T, Cisco say security remains key concern in Internet of Things

ORLANDO, Fla.--If a recent Goldman Sachs forecast that there will be 28 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 comes true, AT&T (NYSE: T) …

Internet of Things

Sprint, lagging AT&T and Verizon, tries a new hook: Get delivery, phone setup at your house

A new customer strategy for Sprint: Phone setup in your house.<p>Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint Corp. has been trying to draw subscribers from its bigger rivals, Verizon and AT&T. Meanwhile, the No. 4 carrier, T-Mobile, is winning customers through discounts and other programs.<p>Sprint's home …

Mobile

AT&T may stop offering any two-year contracts by the end of May

If you’ve bought a phone from AT&T recently, you’re probably familiar with their Next program. The financing program was designed as a competitor to …

Cellular Networks

AT&T sues to overturn FCC’s net neutrality rules

AT&T Inc. T, +1.35% threw its name onto the growing pile of lawsuits seeking to overturn the government’s recent net neutrality order.<p>The move …

Net Neutrality

ISPs have two choices: Live with net neutrality rules or live with real competition

I’ve had conversations in the past with people from Europe who just don’t understand why America needs to have network neutrality restrictions. Their …

Net Neutrality

AT&T’s Challenge To Developers: Inventive Apps For The Disabled

AT&T is offering $100,000 to help develop technology specifically aimed at aiding those with disabilities.<p>“When I go into a building–especially a new building–it’s one of the most stressful experiences of my life,” said Gus Chalkias. “I have no idea the layout, I have no idea where I’m supposed to …

Predicting The Future Of Cloud Service Providers

47% of marketing departments will have 60% or more of their applications on a cloud platform in two years.<p>When asked which Value-Added Reseller (VAR) is most likely to win their enterprises’ business for a significant hosting project, the majority said IBM (18%) followed by Microsoft (11%), Amazon …

Comcast leapfrogs Google Fiber with new 2Gbps internet service

Rollout begins in Atlanta next month and will reach 18 million American homes by the end of the year<p>One way to answer critics and competitors alike is to simply do better, and for once Comcast is doing exactly that. The US cable giant is today announcing a new 2Gbps broadband service, which it will …

AT&T GigaPower aims to bring blazing-fast internet to Cupertino

AT&T's GigaPower broadband service claims to bring speeds of up to 1Gbps for $110 a month.<p>AT&T is bringing its speedy gigabit broadband network to Cupertino, California. Launching on Monday, U-Verse with AT&T GigaPower promises up to 1 gigabit per second connectivity to select consumers and small …

Net Neutrality

AT&T's gigabit internet arrives in Apple's backyard

It's official: AT&T is offering full-fledged gigabit internet service in Silicon Valley before Google. After months of teasing, the telecom has launched its U-verse GigaPower service in Cupertino, Apple's home turf -- and a quick drive away from Google's headquarters, we'd add. Get ready to pony up …

Verizon won't fight net neutrality without a little help from its friends

You know that bit at the end of a movie where the defeated villain turns up in the hero's hotel room for some revenge killing? If you do, then you won't be surprised to learn that the telecommunications industry is gearing up to fight net neutrality. This time out, however, it won't be Verizon …

AT&T enlists hoops stars to push latest claim: 'Strongest 4G LTE signal'

The company's new campaign will run through the "March Madness" college basketball tournament.<p>The price war between wireless carriers maybe cooling off, but their war of words still rages on.<p>AT&T, the nation's second-largest wireless carrier by subscriber base, will fire the next shot with a new …

Telecoms

JEB BUSH: Net neutrality is 'one of the craziest ideas I've ever heard'

"The idea of regulating access to the internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I've ever heard," Bush said.<p>Bush is referring to the Communications Act of 1934, which regulated "interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as …

Net Neutrality

AT&T combines its connected car and home platforms to help automate your life

BARCELONA, Spain — With the so-called Internet of things now in full swing, U.S. telecom giant AT&T has revealed that it’s tying together its connected car and home automation platforms to create a seamless digital environment.<p>First unveiled more than two years ago, AT&T’s Digital Life is not only …

Internet of Things

AT&T wants an extra $29 a month not to track you on gigabit fiber

You might think you can’t put a price on your privacy, but apparently you can. AT&T can anyway, and it’s an extra $29 per month on your gigabit fiber …

Net Neutrality

AT&T Has a Plan to Make Torrents Faster by Monitoring Its Users

And it raises serious privacy concerns.<p>AT&T filed a patent for an internet 'fast lane' on Tuesday, which the company claims would reduce network congestion caused by file-sharing. But would it come at the cost of user privacy?<p>The patent, outlined in a document titled "System and Method to Guide …

Privacy

AT&T Offers Data Privacy — for a Price

For $70 a month, you can enjoy AT&T’s ultrafast fiber-optic Internet access. For an additional $29 a month, you can avoid being tracked while doing it.<p>AT&T debuted its 1 gigabit-per-second service, called GigaPower by AT&T, in Austin, Texas, in 2013, and rolled it out Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. …

Privacy

AT&T unveils new 7GB data plan with rollover data for $75

AT&T has just announced a new data tier to their growing list of Mobile Share Value plans. Beginning Sunday, February 15th for a limited time, users can have 7GB of sharable data per month with unlimited talk and text for $75. Now, the $75 only covers the data charges, so your plan will be more …

Mobile

The Fine Print: Unlimited data plans have limits

NEW YORK (AP) — With cellular-data plans, unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks.<p>So I wasn't surprised to learn that the nation's largest prepaid wireless company, TracFone Wireless, …

Cellular Networks