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.
Internet providers continue to intentionally slow down speeds for additional money
Fast forward to today and Ars Technica alerts us that Level 3 and Cogent, another network operator, are now claiming that six consumer broadband providers have continued to allow a state of "permanent congestion" by refusing to upgrade peering connections for the past year.
AT&T may launch VoLTE on May 23, beat Verizon to the punch
Verizon has decided to follow in AT&T’s footsteps and stamp its feet about the restrictions that the FCC is going to put in place to save some chunks of spectrum for smaller operators. Verizon used similar arguments as AT&T by stating that the rules limiting hoarding by the companies with the deepest pockets was “perverse and unjust” and "subsidizing."
Dear Chairman of the FCC, it’s time to do your job and stand up for consumers
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is about to give Internet Service Providers the ability to charge content companies more for access that people should have already had. The proposal, scheduled for a vote by the FCC on May 15, is a homicide of net neutrality.
GoGo's pricing and performance often underwhelms and now faces new pressure from AT&T who says they will start offering a 4G LTE in-flight service in late 2015. AT&T didn’t announcing pricing or technical details, but said it expects their service to be up and running by as early as late next year, with options for both business planes and commercial aircraft.
Aereo is latest example of how broadcasters try and kill innovation
Aereo is in the broadcasters sights. Broadcasters acknowledge that anyone has the legal right to put up an antenna and connect it to their TV. But, they also seem to claim that doing the exact same thing remotely is illegal.
The FCC called AT&T’s bluff on the upcoming spectrum auction