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Amazon Fire phone users may join AT&T’s Sponsored Data program soon

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There were some reports in the last few weeks that indicated that when Amazon released their Fire Phone, they would embrace AT&T’s Sponsored Data program, which lets developers and brands pay to deliver content to consumer smartphones outside their data caps. Thankfully, Amazon did not do such a thing but they are open to the idea in the future.

AT&T customer data compromised

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AT&T is now confirming that a data breach occured between April 9 and April 21. AT&T will not confirm how many customers were affected but did say that those who were received emails alerting them. The breach involved a third-party contractor who ‘violated security protocols and accessed customer data.”

T-Mobile pretends to suddenly care about Premium SMS issues

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Last year, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile had struck an agreement with forty-five states to stop billing for these very same Premium SMS services (or as he put it “scam artists”). Premium SMS services have been around for years and have almost always been a source of fraud. Carriers did not do anything about the fraud for years because they received a cut of the profit, often as high as 40%.

Political lobbying is why many parts of the U.S. lack substantive broadband speeds

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Growadesign Recently, Motherboard wrote a fantastic piece on Internet Service Providers fighting back against cities who want to wire themselves due to a lack of satisfaction with current broadband speeds. Included in the piece are stories about Comcast agreeing to wire the Washington DC government in exchange for a monopoly on the DC area (including residential areas that Comcast wouldn’t wire) and San Francisco wiring the city schools, police and government buildings yet are not ranked in the top 100 for municipalities in the country due to other parts of the city lack substantive broadband speeds. Thankfully, Google Fiber has brought attention…