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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

AT&T's legal battle to stop Google rolling out broadband internet in Louisville, Kentucky, has been halted in its tracks. District Judge David Hale said on Wednesday the US telco giant must allow the installation of Google Fiber lines on the city's telephone poles. AT&T had challenged Louisville's "one touch make ready" rule …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2017
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For one night only: Net neutrality punch-up between Big Cable, Big Web this September

The American spectator sport that is net neutrality has just got its own Rumble in the Jungle. On September 7, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled "Ground rules for the Internet eco-system," its chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced during a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, and it is …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2017
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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

Democrats in US Congress oppose AT&T's acquisition of Time-Warner and any other proposed big-time telco gobbles. In a policy outline [PDF] posted Monday, titled A Better Deal, the party says it stands in opposition to this and other mergers that will reduce competition among cable providers and cut off Americans from a choice …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2017

All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

When AT&T decided at the last minute it was going to join this week's "day of protest" over net neutrality, the reaction ranged from incredulity to bemusement. Here was one of the corporate beasts that had actively and aggressively campaigned against the introduction of America's net neutrality rules, claiming to be in support …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2017
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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

A software developer says a thief siphoned cash from his PayPal account – after a dumbass AT&T rep handed control of his cellphone account to a hacker, thus defeating his two-factor authentication. Justin Williams, an iOS code jockey based in Denver, Colorado, said someone was able to dupe an AT&T support tech into assigning …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2017
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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

The very public war of words – and GIFs – between the President of the United States and CNN could pose a threat to the $85bn merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Apparently, White House advisors have been looking at using approval of the merger as a "potential point of leverage" over the news network. While the two media …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jul 2017

America's net neutrality rage hits academia

Special report In an extraordinary flurry of allegations, personal insults and legal threats, net neutrality has entered the world of academia. At the heart of the row is a new paper in the International Journal of Communication (IJOC) that claims to act as a rebuttal to an earlier paper that has been repeatedly cited by the chairman of …
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Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins!

Verizon has moved to unwind an old deal between Yahoo! and AT&T that allowed users to run merged AT&T and Yahoo! email accounts for login to some Yahoo! services. Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo! in 2013 and became a familiar Purple Palace bungle: after splashing US$1.1 billion to buy the blogging platform, it January this year …
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AT&T cuts fresh deal with 17,000 CWA strike-threat union workers

AT&T has agreed to a new contract with 17,000 union workers who were threatening a strike. The deal will cover both AT&T and DirecTV workers who handle the telco's network and services in California and Nevada. It will run for four years, should it be approved by union members. According to the Communication Workers of …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2017

Wonky whitelist update blamed for AT&T's nationwide 911 blackout

A wrongly updated whitelist was behind the five-hour nationwide outage of AT&T's emergency 911 service in March, a report by America's phone regulator, the FCC, has revealed. The whitelist of IP numbers plays a critical role in AT&T's backend systems, but was listed as containing only "customer" rather than "infrastructure" …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2017
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40,000-plus AT&T staff threaten to strike Friday

A union representing 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers is threatening a nationwide strike this weekend after negotiations with the telco stalled. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said on Wednesday that union members in 36 states are set to join picket lines outside of AT&T retail stores this weekend if the company can't …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2017
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Moneybags Verizon swoops in, swipes Straight Path from AT&T with a $3.1bn pot of gold

Just one month after announcing a $1.7bn acquisition deal with AT&T, 5G spectrum holder Straight Path now says it is instead inking a $3.1bn deal with Verizon. The telco giant announced on Wednesday that it would be paying $184.00 per share in an all-stock acquisition deal. Pending shareholders' and US comms watchdog the FCC's …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2017

Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Analysis One of the most popular applause lines from Donald Trump's presidential campaign was that he would "drain the swamp" – meaning put an end to the corrupt, revolving door of government and private practice that virtually defines modern Washington, DC. As president, however, that plan has gone from unrealized to actively dropped …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Apr 2017

For the first time ever, Verizon sheds subs: 300,000 punters walk out

Verizon today turned in financial results of a nightmare first quarter of 2017 that saw the nation's top wireless carrier shed more than 300,000 postpaid subscribers. This marks the first time Verizon has ever recorded a net loss in customer subscriptions at the end of a quarter, an ominous sign for a telco that has made …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2017
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T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T

The chief executive of T-Mobile US has offered a random teen on the internet a year’s supply of chicken nuggets if he switches from AT&T. Carter Wilkerson, 16, of Reno, Nevada, had previously asked American burger joint Wendy's how many retweets he would need for a year's supply of chicken nuggets. "18 million," replied Wendy …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Apr 2017

US cops, firefighters to get new emergency wireless network – AT&T to get $6.5bn

US phone giant AT&T has landed a $6.5bn contract to build a private wireless broadband network for emergency responders. The FirstNet system will be a nationwide network that will allow police, firefighters and paramedics to transmit data and communications across multiple regions and jurisdictions without worrying about the …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Mar 2017
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Strike that: 17,000 AT&T workers down tools in California, Nevada

More than 17,000 workers for AT&T belonging to the Communications Workers of America downed tools and went on strike in California and Nevada on Wednesday after restructuring talks broke down. The dispute centers on AT&T's plans to make engineers servicing the US giant's U-Verse TV service also do repairs and maintenance on …
Iain Thomson, 22 Mar 2017

Oh my God, 911 is down. Quick, call… aaargh!

AT&T suffered an America-wide outage of 911 emergency calls Wednesday evening, sparking some degree of panic and a swift response from US comms regulator, the FCC. The full scale of the problem is not yet known, and AT&T has yet to put out a response beyond a tweet acknowledging the problem and another one a little under an …

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