Halloween is time for ghosts, goblins, or maybe firing up the Roku or Wii device to watch Bruce Campbell of Burn Notice fame fight off zombies in the B-movie classic The Evil Dead on Netflix. But it's also a time to reflect on some of the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.
The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&T said the lawsuit does not have any merit.
Granite Telecommunications has reached an agreement to extend its commercial agreement with AT&T through 2017, a move that will give it confidence to continue supplying its POTS voice and other data services to its business customers.
Over the past four years we have seen little investment in Wi-Fi networks by American mobile operators. It's different internationally, with millions of APs at China Mobile, KDDI, SKT, Telefonica, and others, but a close examination of Verizon Wireless and AT&T reveals that they have deployed very few Wi-Fi access points.
Verizon Wireless today announced the latest addition to its Droid lineup, the Droid Turbo from Motorola. The phone helps reinforce Verizon's long-standing Droid phone line and will compete directly with Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and other new phones from the likes of HTC, LG and others.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is raising questions about the profiling technologies used by Verizon's Precision Market Insights division. Verizon's Precision Market Insights creates anonymous profiles of Verizon users, including its wireless users, which it then sells to advertisers. The advertisers can use the data to create more targeted online advertisements.
Verizon's latest move to offer a promotional FiOS bundle that includes 75 Mbps, a $150 Visa gift card and 1 year of free Netflix shows how much influence the online video provider has on how consumers get their programming and the role that higher bandwidth can play in supporting the service.
Netflix has become such a powerful programming force, MVPDs are now using it to market their wares instead of their own programming bundles. That's the compelling thesis of a Monday BTIG Research blog post from analyst Richard Greenfield, who takes aim at a new Verizon FiOS promotion that puts Netflix at the heart of a triple-play service offering.
Verizon may have continued to add more FiOS Internet and video customers in the third quarter, but those gains were lower than what it reported in the same period a year ago, illustrating that it is continuing to reach the upper limits of penetration in its existing 13-state region. FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley has an expansive look at the market dynamics Verizon now faces here.
FairPoint Communications' executives will soon begin contingency plans in their northern New England region so they can maintain customer service as their union employees continue with their strike.