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Broadband power users explode, making data caps more profitable for ISPs

Broadband power users explode, making data caps more profitable for ISPs

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Data cap cash. The number of broadband "power users"—people who use 1TB or more per month—has doubled over the past year, ensuring that ISPs will be able to make more money from data caps. In Q3 2020, 8.8 percent of broadband subscribers used at least 1TB per month, up from 4.2 percent in Q3 2019, according…
What using AT&T’s 768kbps DSL is like in 2020—yes, it’s awful

What using AT&T’s 768kbps DSL is like in 2020—yes, it’s awful

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Getty Images | Synergee Millions of Americans live in broadband deserts with no access to anything resembling modern Internet service. But few people have it as bad as those who must rely on AT&T's ancient DSL network. Kathie McNamee of Raymond, Mississippi is one of those unlucky AT&T DSL customers. McNamee said she pays AT&T…
The tech antitrust problem no one is talking about

The tech antitrust problem no one is talking about

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After years of building political pressure for antitrust scrutiny of major tech companies, this month Congress and the US government delivered. The House Antitrust Subcommittee released a report accusing Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook of monopolistic behavior. The Department of Justice filed a complaint against Google alleging the company prevents consumers from sampling other search…
AT&T loses another 600,000 TV customers as it seeks buyer for DirecTV

AT&T loses another 600,000 TV customers as it seeks buyer for...

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Enlarge / AT&T's logo and share price displayed on a monitor at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. AT&T lost 627,000 TV customers in Q3 2020, an improvement over previous quarters as the company continues its attempt to sell the failing DirecTV division. In earnings results reported today, AT&T said it…
AT&T plans thousands of layoffs at HBO, Warner Bros., rest of WarnerMedia

AT&T plans thousands of layoffs at HBO, Warner Bros., rest of...

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Enlarge / AT&T's logo at its corporate headquarters on March 13, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. AT&T is planning thousands of layoffs at HBO, Warner Bros., and other parts of WarnerMedia as part of a plan to cut costs by up to 20 percent, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. WarnerMedia is what used to be…
T-Mobile amassed “unprecedented concentration of spectrum,” AT&T complains

T-Mobile amassed “unprecedented concentration of spectrum,” AT&T complains

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Enlarge / A pigeon rests on a T-Mobile logo outside a mobile phone store, operated by Deutsche Telekom AG, in Munich, Germany, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. AT&T and Verizon are worried about T-Mobile's vast spectrum holdings and have asked the Federal Communications Commission to impose limits on the carrier's ability to obtain more spectrum…
AT&T hopes you’ll forget its years-long fight against accurate broadband maps

AT&T hopes you’ll forget its years-long fight against accurate broadband maps

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Enlarge / AT&T's logo at its corporate headquarters on March 13, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. AT&T—which has spent the past decade fighting US-government attempts to improve the country's horrible broadband maps—is now claiming to be very concerned about the mapping problem that has helped thwart efforts to wire up millions of American homes without adequate broadband…
AT&T reportedly trying to sell DirecTV after massive customer losses

AT&T reportedly trying to sell DirecTV after massive customer losses

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AT&T is reportedly trying to sell DirecTV to private-equity investors just five years after buying the satellite provider. The negotiations with potential buyers come after millions of customers ditched DirecTV over the past two years, and could value DirecTV at much less than the $49 billion AT&T paid for it. "AT&T is seeking private-equity investors…
AT&T’s epic DirecTV losses mount as another 954,000 video customers flee

AT&T’s epic DirecTV losses mount as another 954,000 video customers flee

Enlarge / A DirecTV satellite dish seen outside a bar in Portland, Oregon, in October 2019.Getty Images | hapabapa AT&T lost nearly 1 million TV customers in Q2 2020, continuing a rapid exodus of users from DirecTV and other AT&T-operated video services. In the three months ending June 30, AT&T reported a net loss of…
AT&T’s “headcount rationalization”—i.e. job cuts—hit thousands more workers

AT&T’s “headcount rationalization”—i.e. job cuts—hit thousands more workers

Enlarge / AT&T service van driving in June 2019 in Oakdale, California. AT&T is cutting 3,400 union jobs from its wireline broadband and phone network operations as well as closing 250 wireless retail stores, according to a union that represents AT&T employees. Wireline job cuts are initially "voluntary" through buyouts, but AT&T will proceed to…

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