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Frontier: ‘No Market Demand’ for Gigabit Service

It has been several months since Frontier Communications utterly flubbed its acquisition of ex-Verizon customers in California, Texas and Florida, and the company continues to try and restore its reputation among customers that didn’t get a very good first impression. Speaking to the Tampa Bay Times, Frontier’s Bob Elek notes that things have improved dramatically,…

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Consumer Groups Blast AT&T’s Latest Net Neutrality End Around

Consumer groups say AT&T is using its latest data-cap exemptions to prop up its satellite-TV business by disfavoring streaming video competitors. AT&T announced its plan to “zero rate” the company’s own content from wireless usage caps yesterday, likely hoping the Apple and Sony press conferences would distract most tech journalists from the news (that unsurprisingly…

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As Centurylink Eyes Usage Caps, Its Speeds Fall Behind the Curve

While CenturyLink has been talking a lot about broadband upgrades, a new filing with the FCC suggests the company has a long way to go before it even begins delivering 40 Mbps speeds to the majority of its overall footprint. According to the new filing (hat tip, Fierce Wireless), just 47.6% of its rural users…

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Facebook Broadband Satellite Destroyed in Space X Explosion

Facebook’s international advertising ambitions took a bit of a hit today after one of the company’s Internet.org satellites exploded on the launch pad, along with the Space X rocket intended to carry it to orbit. SpaceX has confirmed on Twitter that its Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the lauch pad roughly three minutes before its…

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AT&T Mocks Google Fiber For Seeking ‘Government Favoritism’

AT&T has penned a blog post making fun of Google Fiber’s rumored struggles, while mocking the ISP for unfairly seeking out “favoritism from government at every level.” Rumors have been flying that Google Fiber is looking to trim its workforce by half as it pauses several unofficial cities to take a closer look at wireless…

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Rep. Lieu Urges FCC to Speed up Inquiry Into SS7 Flaw

With politicians worried about the rise in Russian (and other) hacking, Representative Ted Lieu has urged the FCC to accelerate its investigation into the SS7 wireless flaw that made headlines earlier this year. Last April 60 minutes featured a report on the flaw inherent in Signaling System 7 (SS7, or Common Channel Signalling System 7…

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AT&T Lawyers Tap Dance Around FTC Throttling Lawsuit

An appeals court has dismissed an FTC lawsuit against AT&T for throttling its customers, then lying about the nature of the throttling. In October of 2014, the FTC sued AT&T for the company’s now well-established war on the company’s grandfathered unlimited data users. Specifically, the FTC accused AT&T of falsely claiming user connections were “unlimited,”…

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WildBlue Co-Founder Takes Over Google Broadband Balloon Division

Alphabet/Google has hired WildBlue Communications co-founder Tom Moore to head the company’s broadband balloon division, aka Project Loon. According to Bloomberg Moore is being brought on board to help guide the company out of the experimental phase and into sustained profitability. Moore starts as a vice president at X and general manager of Project Loon…

Google Fiber

Report: Google Fiber to Cut Staff After User Totals Disappoint

Sources claim that Google Fiber has been disappointed with the company’s overall number of total subscribers since launching five years ago. A paywalled report over at The Information cites a variety of anonymous current and former Google employees, who say the estimated 200,000 or so broadband subscribers the company had managed to sign up by…

Users Still Complaing About Inaccurate Comcast Usage Meters

Can Comcast’s usage meter be trusted? Last year we pointed out how Comcast had managed to somehow swap a user’s MAC address in their records and bill them for other customers usage. When Comcast’s meters expanded to Florida users complained that the company’s meter tracked usage that never happened. The FCC has received 13,000 complaints…