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July 9, 2012

Government cell phone record requests hit all-time high in 2011

  • 1.3 million requests sent to the “Big Four” mobile carriers source

» And at least one congressman is angry: “We cannot allow privacy protections to be swept aside with the sweeping nature of these information requests, especially for innocent consumers,” said Rep. Edward Markey, who released the data Monday.

15:03 // 2 years ago
June 25, 2012

T-Mobile, still smarting from failure of AT&T deal, plays catch-up

  • cause Last year, T-Mobile spent a big chunk of its time focusing on getting acquired by AT&T, but federal regulators blocked it, putting the company in a position where they hadn’t done anything to seriously improve their service in ages, making them even bigger also-rans in the market.
  • effect Now T-Mobile is switching gears, attempting to improve its service for customers the quick way — buying and trading for 4G spectrum from Verizon in a deal which will allow them to expand their reach to 60 million people. It’s part of a $4 billion plan to upgrade their infrastructure to 4G. source

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11:02 // 2 years ago
March 21, 2012
I didn’t want to jailbreak my phone, I like Apple’s curated experience and I don’t want to stray from that. However after several more calls to both AT&T and Apple, I made no progress. So I’m turning to you for a final plea.
An anonymous 9to5Mac tipster • In an email, sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook, after the reader spent multiple months unsuccessfully attempting to get either Apple or AT&T to unlock his iPhone so he could continue to use the device after moving to Canada. A few days later the reader received a call from AT&T Partnership Operations, with information on how to get his phone unlocked. And while the anonymous tipster never did hear back from Tim personally, the reader’s wife did receive a call from Cook’s assistant, who called to verify that the phone situation had been resolved. source (viafollow)
17:35 // 2 years ago
February 18, 2012

Mike D gets respect, opportunity to vote on AT&T’s net neutrality policy

They didn’t say anything about cash or jewelry, but the SEC did side with three AT&T investors — including the Beastie Boys’ Michael “Mike D” Diamond — who believed that shareholders should have a vote in the company’s net neutrality policy, because it has become part of the national debate. AT&T argued that the vote would “directly interfere with its network management practices”, but ultimately the SEC ruled that wireless providers must now allow for shareholder votes on net neutrality proposals. Should such proposals pass, providers would be required to “operate a neutral network with neutral routing along the company’s wireless infrastructure.” source

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13:08 // 2 years ago
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November 25, 2011

Off the table (for now): The AT&T merger with T-Mobile

  • what After a long back-and-forth with the government over the implications of the merger, AT&T said Thursday (that’s right, on Thanksgiving!) that they would not pursue FCC approval of a merger with T-Mobile.
  • why It looked very unlikely to get through regulators’ clutches. The merger would have effectively marginalized Sprint in the market, leading the FCC to call a hearing on the merger, and the DOJ to file an antitrust suit.
  • however Both AT&T and T-Mobile have much to lose from the stunted deal — AT&T in penalty fees (reaching into the billions) and lost infrastructure, T-Mobile in declining business. They will probably try again soon. source

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11:38 // 2 years ago
August 31, 2011

Rick Perry: Totally backed that AT&T merger with T-Mobile

  • $500,000 from AT&T to Rick Perry source

» AT&T’s contributions = Rick Perry’s support? Back in May, Rick Perry told the FCC he backed the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. “I believe that this merger will continue to provide for great consumer choice, offer a wide range of service options, and spur continued innovation,” he wrote. He might’ve had a little help from those campaign contributions over the past decade. AT&T has a bit of a history of going out of its way to turn public favor its way, going so far as to bizarrely convince GLAAD to support the merger. With the Justice Department coming out against the merger and AT&T’s contributions to Perry coming under scrutiny, will Perry back down? (Strangely enough, BTW, the Justice Department’s James Cole made a statement that reads like the polar opposite of what Perry wrote: “We believe the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices, and lower-quality products for their mobile wireless services.” Hrm.)

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23:34 // 3 years ago

Justice Department attempts to block AT&T merger with T-Mobile

  • then A while back, AT&T announced it would attempt to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion, in an attempt to shore up deficiencies in its wireless network. Other companies and consumer groups, most notably Sprint, loudly complained.
  • now Now the Justice Department’s trying to block the merger. “AT&T’s elimination of T-Mobile as an independent, low-priced rival would remove a significant competitive force from the market,” their complaint said. *BOOM.* source

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11:15 // 3 years ago
June 19, 2011

GLAAD president sacked after bizarre net neutrality controversy

  • controversy For some strange reason, GLAAD — an activist group known more for its stance on gay rights than it is on technology-related issues — recently sent out form letters received from AT&T that made it clear they were against net neutrality, and that they supported the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Why? And what does this have to do with gay rights?
  • result GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios resigned as a result of the controversy, admitting the group accepted money from AT&T and signed off on letters he didn’t actually understand (because they had nothing to do with gay rights). He also covered up the deed — putting his secretary on the hook when he actually sent out the letters. So he’s out. Oops. source

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10:43 // 3 years ago