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FCC issues wrist-slap fines to carriers that sold your phone-location data

FCC issues wrist-slap fines to carriers that sold your phone-location data

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Getty Images | Nakhorn Yuangkratoke/EyeEm The big four mobile carriers face fines of between $12 million and $91 million each for selling their customers' real-time location data to third-party data brokers without customer consent, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's office announced today. These are "proposed" fines, meaning the carriers can dispute them and try…
Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans...

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Getty Images | Nakhorn Yuangkratoke/EyeEm Mobile network operators who sold their customers' real-time location data violated US law and the Federal Communications Commission will try to punish carriers that did so, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote today. "[T]he FCC's Enforcement Bureau has completed its extensive investigation and... it has concluded that one or more wireless…
AT&T slashed billions from network spending, cut tens of thousands of jobs

AT&T slashed billions from network spending, cut tens of thousands of...

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Enlarge / An AT&T sign outside a company office in New York City. AT&T slashed capital expenditures by more than $1.6 billion in 2019 and projects a capital-investment cut of more than $3 billion in 2020. AT&T's capital expenditures for the full year of 2019 totaled $19.64 billion, down from $21.25 billion in 2018, an…
FCC will pay ISPs to deploy broadband with 250GB monthly data cap

FCC will pay ISPs to deploy broadband with 250GB monthly data...

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Getty Images | Henrik5000 The Federal Communications Commission plans to grant a request from AT&T and other ISPs to make more rural-broadband funding available for slower-speed services with lower data caps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai initially proposed distributing $20.4 billion in rural-broadband funding to ISPs offering three levels of service: an entry-level tier of 25Mbps…
AT&T et al. fight against higher upload speeds in $20-billion FCC program

AT&T et al. fight against higher upload speeds in $20-billion FCC...

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AT&T, Frontier, Windstream, and their industry lobby group are fighting against higher Internet speeds in a US subsidy program for rural areas without good broadband access. The Federal Communications Commission's plan for the next version of its rural-broadband fund sets 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload as the "baseline" tier. ISPs seem to be onboard with…
AT&T doesn’t want you to see its slow Internet speed-test results

AT&T doesn’t want you to see its slow Internet speed-test results

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Getty Images | Steven Puetzer AT&T doesn't want its home Internet speeds to be measured by the Federal Communications Commission anymore, and it already convinced the FCC to exclude its worst speed-test results from an annual government report. "AT&T this year told the commission it will no longer cooperate with the FCC's SamKnows speed test,"…
At launch, AT&T’s genuine 5G will just be as quickly as its phony 5G

At launch, AT&T’s genuine 5G will just be as quickly as...

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Enlarge / An AT&T sign outside a company office in New York City. AT&T will soon offer 5G mobile service on its 850MHz spectrum, which will enable wider coverage than existing 5G networks but offer only 4G-like speeds at launch. Significant speed increases will arrive in 2020, AT&T says. The 5G networks already deployed by…
As DirecTV tanks, AT&T states it will “re-bundle” TELEVISION with HBO Max

As DirecTV tanks, AT&T states it will “re-bundle” TELEVISION with HBO...

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Enlarge / AT&T executive John Stankey at a presentation for investors at Warner Bros. Studios on October 29, 2019, in Burbank, California. AT&T's traditional TV business is tanking, with the company having lost nearly 5 million satellite-and-wireline TV customers since the end of 2016. But AT&T President John Stankey sees a path forward in recreating…
How the FCC fixes customer issues– well, it does not, actually

How the FCC fixes customer issues– well, it does not, actually

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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The Federal Communications Commission's extremely hands-off approach to broadband-customer complaints has alarmed a member of Congress. US Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in August after learning of a Frontier customer who was forced to pay a $10-per-month rental fee for a router…
Why 168,149 Valentine’s day text showed up in November

Why 168,149 Valentine’s day text showed up in November

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Aurich Lawson / Getty Did you get a Valentine's Day text message on November 7? If so, you can blame a company called Syniverse, which provides text-messaging services to major mobile carriers. Syniverse helps deliver text messages via its intercarrier messaging service and boasts that it is "Connected to more than 300 operators" and processes 600…

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