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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…

1 in 3 afraid to watch the World Cup on their mobile devices

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A report issued by Openwave Mobility found that 1 in 3 British consumers who want to watch the upcoming World Cup on a mobile device will not do so due to poor mobile video quality and fears of ‘bill shock’ from their wireless providers. The results of another report issued in May by Censuswide had similar findings with mobile users across England, Spain and Germany.

Verizon Smart Rewards program is just a way to get customers’ personal information

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Several months ago, Verizon Wireless went nationwide with their rewards program which allows customers to accumulate points and then use those points toward discounts on the purchase of various goods and services. It sounds great until you realize that Verizon Wireless is simply trying to find a new way to sell a substantial amount of personal information about their customers.

Verizon makes changes to their Edge upgrade program

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Beginning June 1, Verizon is changing their upgrade program, Edge, so that the number of monthly payments for a device changes from 24 months to 20 months. Verizon is also changing the percentage of a device’s costs that a customer will need to pay off before they can upgrade from 50% to 60%.

Do we really know what 5G technology means for consumers?

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Back in October of 2010, the ITU declared that LTE technology wasn’t technically “4G,” and that no major wireless carrier was technically deploying 4G networks. According to the ITU, only technology like LTE-Advanced, capable of speeds over 100 Mbps, could be considered 4G. Carriers ignored the declaration with T-Mobile arguing their HSPA+ build was the “largest 4G network,” and Sprint & Verizon also made “4G” part of marketing for their respective LTE networks (technically, LTE and Mobile WiMax).

Sprint Sues AT&T, Verizon Over Local Access Fees

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Last week, Sprint sued AT&T, Verizon and other carriers in California federal court. Sprint accuses the carriers of improperly billing Sprint for millions of dollars in switched-access charges on local wireless calls. Several weeks ago, Sprint sued Verizon and other carriers with a similar complaint over local access call charges.