As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, T-Mobile US, Verizon and other carriers are moving to cut prices and introduce promotions to goose their fourth quarter subscriber additions. Among the most interesting offerings is T-Mobile's offer to give $200 to every Sprint customer who switches to T-Mobile, a promotion that does not require a handset trade-in and stands in addition to the $650 that T-Mobile offers to cover the cost of early termination fees.
The FCC has tapped Jonathan Mayer to be the new chief technology of its Enforcement Bureau who will focus on investigating consumer issues related to telephone, TV and ISPs.
Now that the largest telcos like AT&T and Frontier have accepted funds from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), Dycom said it is poised to win a number of construction services contracts once projects get underway in 2016.
Verizon has carefully worked to build its reputation as a reliable telecommunications company focused exclusively on building wireless and wireline networks. However, according to company executives, Verizon's recent entry into the mobile video space via its new Go90 offering represents Verizon's efforts to join the rush into mobile video, targeted advertising and Silicon Valley-style innovation.
Verizon has transitioned customers in its Falls Church, Va., market from copper to fiber, marking another step forward in its goal to retire more of its aging wireline facilities.
In another possible signal of Comcast's intent to enter the wireless business, CTI Towers Inc., a company majority-owned by the MSO's venture capital arm, has acquired 120 communications towers from Vyve Broadband.
CenturyLink has signed a new long-term bilateral interconnection agreement with Cogent Communications, marking the latest in a string of pacts made between the top telcos and Internet transit providers whose clients include content providers like Netflix.
Verizon and VMTurbo, an application control system for software-defined data centers, are now offering enterprise customers Intelligent Cloud Control, a service the pair said will help enterprise customers migrate workloads to the a public cloud service based on their unique performance and resource requirements.
AT&T Mobility last week launched its native Advanced Messaging and Video Call capabilities on its network using Rich Communication Services (RCS), but the vision of having the services work across multiple carriers remains elusive.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that Verizon must pay taxes for fees from installing phone lines and providing directory assistance as well as performing a variety of repairs and services. However, the amount of those fees is unclear as the ruling didn't give a specific amount owed and didn't say whether the company is also responsible for any back payments.