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
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.
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.
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 could be the first big carrier to flick the switch on a VoLTE service in the United States, with the first markets set to receive it being Minneapolis and Chicago.
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.”
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.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, Verizon has now kicked off a special promotion, giving $100 off on select devices including the Galaxy S5, Note 3, HTC One Max, and HTC One M8.
If you’re in one of the countries where Sony already sells its flagship, make sure to check the collection of free apps and subscriptions that Sony throws in with every Xperia Z series purchase. Also, is a Verizon Xperia Z2 coming?
In 1993, Verizon signed an agreement with New Jersey that provided the company with near $13 billion in subsidies and tax cuts in exchange for a promise to wire all of the state with 45 Mbps fixed-line broadband by 2010. Verizon didn’t keep its promise.