AT&T and Comcast are reacting to the growing pressure from tech companies and the general public to reclassify broadband services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Of course, almost nothing it describes is actually true.
AT&T could announce DirecTV deal for $48B within weeks
Rumors of AT&T acquiring DirecTV have been around for decades now. But now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&T could acquire DirecTV in as little as two weeks. According to the WSJ, insiders claim that the deal will be worth around $48 billion, and that AT&T will pay for the transaction primarily with stock.
4G data plan in GM cars will start at $10 for 200MB
AT&T customers will be able to add a connected car to their mobile share plan for an additional $10 a month. With an LTE connection, the car can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to seven devices.
States pass ‘kill switch’ legislation against wireless industry wishes
On Thursday, California and Minnesota took steps toward becoming the first states in the country to pass laws requiring smartphones to feature stronger anti-theft technology. The California Senate approved a measure that would require every smartphone sold in California to include a so-called kill switch that allows victims of theft to disable a stolen device. The bill fines retailers between $500 and $2,500 for selling smartphones without a kill switch. Apple and Microsoft dropped their opposition to the bill once tablets were excluded from the requirement and extending the deadline to July 2015.
AT&T continues misinformation with T-Mobile, Google Fiber & Net Neutrality
Now, much like AT&T pretends that their expansion of Gigapower service into Austin wasn't prompted by Google Fiber, AT&T is also busy pretending that they haven't been forced to respond to T-Mobile's recent pricing and consumer policies
Samsung SM-G870A spotted at the FCC, is this the Galaxy S5 Active?
Sprint is soon going to be throttling their heaviest users in the company's most congested areas. Customers of both Sprint's postpaid and prepaid services, as well as their Boost Mobile and Virgin Moobile prepaid brands, are receiving notifications from the company informing them they'll soon face a new prioritization management scheme.
Tech giants slam FCC plan for Internet ‘fast lanes’
A total of 145 companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, DropBox, and Yahoo issued a joint statement to FCC boss Tom Wheeler for his proposal to protect network neutrality by destroying it. The letter is not only signed by more than 100 Internet companies but also by two of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. In the letter, the companies take issue with Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to regulate broadband providers
The next major battle for wireless companies? Customer Loyalty
Consumer Reports routinely shows that cell phone service providers are one of, if not the, worst in terms of customer satisfaction rankings. While Sprint now occupies last place in the latest Consumer Reports survey, AT&T has consistently been dead last in recent years. In fact, Consumer Reports has found that the cell phone provider with the highest marks was prepaid operator Consumer Cellular.
AT&T and Verizon received government data requests every 60 seconds
In their first-ever transparency reports, Verizon and AT&T combined received an equivalent of 1.2 requests every minute: AT&T reported receiving 301,816 requests for user data from state, local and federal authorities. Verizon reported receiving 321,545 requests for user data from state, local and federal authorities.