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AT&T/Verizon workers’ union urges states to regulate ISPs as utilities

AT&T/Verizon workers’ union urges states to regulate ISPs as utilities

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union is lobbying state governments to regulate Internet service providers as utilities. The CWA, which represents more than 150,000 workers at AT&T and over 30,000 at Verizon, announced on Monday a "multi-state effort to pass state legislation that would establish public utility commission oversight of broadband in public safety,…
AT&T lies about Calif. net neutrality law, claiming it bans “free data”

AT&T lies about Calif. net neutrality law, claiming it bans “free...

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Enlarge / Longtime AT&T executive John Stankey, who became CEO in July 2020, speaks onstage at the HBO Max WarnerMedia Investor Day on October 29, 2019, in Burbank, California. AT&T lied about California's net neutrality law yesterday when it claimed the law requires AT&T to stop providing "free data" to mobile customers. In reality, the…
HBO Max will get a cheaper, ad-supported tier in June

HBO Max will get a cheaper, ad-supported tier in June

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Enlarge / A shot from the upcoming Dune adaptation, which will hit theaters and HBO Max this year. This June, HBO Max will get a cheaper, ad-supported subscription plan, parent company AT&T told investors today. However, a specific price and launch date have not been announced. Right now, an ad-free subscription to HBO Max costs $14.99…
AT&T promises fiber-to-the-home expansion in 90 metro areas this year

AT&T promises fiber-to-the-home expansion in 90 metro areas this year

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Enlarge / An AT&T technician working on a fiber project. AT&T today said it will bring fiber Internet to a few million more homes and businesses by the end of this year. "In 2021, AT&T plans to increase its fiber footprint by an additional 3 million customer locations across more than 90 metro areas," AT&T said.…
AT&T announces deal to spin off DirecTV into new company owned by… AT&T

AT&T announces deal to spin off DirecTV into new company owned...

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Enlarge / AT&T's logo at its corporate headquarters on March 13, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Nearly six years after buying DirecTV for $48.5 billion, AT&T today announced a deal to sell a minority stake in the business unit and spin it out into a new subsidiary. AT&T said its deal with private equity firm TPG…
AT&T and Frontier have let phone networks fall apart, Calif. regulator finds

AT&T and Frontier have let phone networks fall apart, Calif. regulator...

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AT&T and Frontier have let their copper phone networks deteriorate through neglect since 2010, resulting in poor service quality and many lengthy outages, a report commissioned by the California state government found. Customers in low-income areas and areas without substantial competition have fared the worst, the report found. AT&T in particular was found to have…
AT&T customer since 1960 buys WSJ print ad to complain of slow speeds

AT&T customer since 1960 buys WSJ print ad to complain of...

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A man who has been an AT&T customer since 1960 has a message for CEO John Stankey about the company's failure to upgrade DSL areas to modern Internet service. Aaron Epstein, 90, is so frustrated by his 3Mbps Internet plan that he took out a Wall Street Journal ad in today's print edition in order…
Why victims of AT&T unlimited-data throttling get only $22 in settlements

Why victims of AT&T unlimited-data throttling get only $22 in settlements

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AT&T has agreed to a $12 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over its throttling of "unlimited" mobile data plans. As usual, refunds to individual customers amount to a fraction of what the customers paid for the hobbled service. The paltry nature of expected per-person payments was explained last week by plaintiffs in a filing…
AT&T may keep majority ownership of DirecTV as it closes in on final deal

AT&T may keep majority ownership of DirecTV as it closes in...

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Enlarge / A DirecTV satellite dish seen outside a bar in Portland, Oregon, in October 2019. AT&T is reportedly closing in on a deal to sell a stake in DirecTV to TPG, a private-equity firm. Unfortunately for customers hoping that AT&T will relinquish control of DirecTV, a Reuters report on Friday said the pending deal…
AT&T raises DirecTV prices again amid customer losses and possible sale

AT&T raises DirecTV prices again amid customer losses and possible sale

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Enlarge / A DirecTV satellite dish seen outside a bar in Portland, Oregon, in October 2019.Getty Images | hapabapa AT&T has announced another round of price hikes for DirecTV satellite and U-verse TV services, with monthly prices set to rise up to $9 starting January 17, 2021. "Due to increased programming costs, we're adjusting the…

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