President Barack Obama's statement on net neutrality and Title II reclassification that he issued on Monday is stirring up more heat as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing a compromise on the proposed laws.
Cricket, the prepaid brand owned by AT&T Mobility, said it will change its device unlocking policy starting Dec. 7. The carrier said that, under the new policy, users can unlock their device if they are a Cricket customer in good standing; they have owned and used their Cricket device for at least six months; the device was designed for Cricket's network; and the device was purchased from Cricket or an authorized Cricket distributor.
AT&T CEO and Chairman Randall Stephenson came out against President Barack Obama's plea to ask the FCC to reclassify broadband providers under Title II, a move that he says is driving it to pause the expansion of its ambitious fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) project into 100 U.S. cities.
Sprint said it will reduce the cost of its 12 GB and 16 GB shared data plans by $10, another move by the carrier to juice its subscriber additions as it enters the critical fourth-quarter holiday shopping season.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he is enthusiastic about the growth prospects for the company in Mexico following the company's announcement of a $2.5 billion deal to purchase Mexican operator Iusacell. He also said that a large portion of the customer base of AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand has personal connections to the Mexican market, and there will be synergies between Cricket and Iusacell.
Top multichannel network Fullscreen, which was recently acquired by Otter Media--the joint venture of AT&T and the Chernin Group--has purchased Rooster Teeth, a smaller but established media brand, for an undisclosed sum.
As the third-quarter earnings season comes to a close, FierceWireless is taking a deeper look at the revenue trends at the top 8 U.S. wireless operators.
Long-time AT&T executive Marian Croak, who headed up the company's Domain 2.0 initiative, has retired after 32 years with the company. Croak, who most recently was senior vice president of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services at AT&T Labs, has been replaced by Andre Fuetsch, who previously served as AT&T's senior vice president of software development and engineering. He will now oversee the company's Domain 2.0 initiative.
AT&T Mobility is no longer planning to build a nationwide wireless network for airplane passengers, and will instead direct that money toward investment in international and video products.
AT&T's decision to buy No. 3 Mexican wireless carrier Iusacell for $2.5 billion is likely a precursor to a larger move by AT&T into the Latin America market, potentially via a deal for some of América Móvil's assets or a push into Brazil, according to financial analysts. The deal could also possibly make it more likely that América Móvil will look to make a deal with T-Mobile US, though América Móvil has said it is not in talks with T-Mobile.