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New Comcast Wireless Service Will Piggyback On Your Home Gateway

Comcast today confirmed long-rumored plans that the company will be getting into the wireless business. Speaking to attendees of the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York this morning, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed plans that the company would be launching its long-awaited wireless service sometime in the middle of 2017. Much as rumors had…

Verizon

Verizon Begins Zero Rating Its NFL Mobile App

Verizon has announced that it is now exempting its NFL Mobile app from the company’s wireless usage caps, an increasingly common practice known as “zero rating.” According to the company’s NFL Mobile website, users can now use the app — which lets Verizon wireless LTE users watch live local and primetime games, without eating into…

Tuesday Morning Links – 09/13/2016

U.S. tech firms urge Congress to allow internet domain changeover reuters.com Netflix calls on the FCC to fix ‘unreasonable’ data caps engadget.com Ted Cruz threatens spending deadlock to protect the Internet from domain naming control switch-over cnet.com CenturyLink Claims Largest G.fast Deployment in North America telecompetitor.com Survey Internet Users Seek Faster Broadband ISP Upload Speeds…

Frontier

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,…

AT&T

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…

Century Link

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…

Thursday Morning Links – 09/08/2016

Calling Europe’s Broadband Bluff lightreading.com Top executives from U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile said they too are currently testing 5G technologies fiercewireless.com T-Mobile and Sprint are well positioned to take advantage of the new iPhone fiercewireless.com U.S. FCC chief to unveil revised plan to eliminate cable boxes reuters.com FCC more than doubles fees it charges DirecTV…

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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…

Thursday Morning Links – 09/01/2016

At&T Trash Talks Google Over Fiber Fiasco: Leave Isp Stuff To The Experts theregister.co.uk Broadband for All Starts With More Public Wi-Fi bloomberg.com AT&T Expands Access to Gigabit Speeds to Businesses across Georgia prnewswire.com Open Internet Advocates Claim Victory in Europe Net Neutrality Fight Motherboard CWA members ratify new AT&T Mobility contract, avoid Verizon-like strike…

AT&T

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…