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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,…
Proposed law could force ISPs to stop hiding true size of monthly bills

Proposed law could force ISPs to stop hiding true size of...

Getty Images | McCaig Internet service providers could be required to release "broadband nutrition labels" with detailed information about prices, speeds, and data caps under legislation introduced by US Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.). Craig's "Broadband Consumer Transparency Act" would bring back expanded transparency requirements that were eliminated when then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai repealed…
UK government buys chunk of bankrupt Starlink competitor, OneWeb

UK government buys chunk of bankrupt Starlink competitor, OneWeb

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Enlarge / A OneWeb receiver. The UK has entered the increasingly competitive race to become a global satellite Internet provider after taking control of failed space startup OneWeb with Indian billionaire Sunil Bharti Mittal. The low-Earth-orbit-satellite operator emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday and will now seek a further $1.25 billion through debt…
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…
$100 billion “universal fiber” plan proposed by Democrats in Congress

$100 billion “universal fiber” plan proposed by Democrats in Congress

House Democrats yesterday unveiled a $100 billion broadband plan that's gaining quick support from consumer advocates. "The House has a universal fiber broadband plan we should get behind," Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Legislative Counsel Ernesto Falcon wrote in a blog post. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) announced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, saying…
Democrats try to ban Internet shutoffs until pandemic is over

Democrats try to ban Internet shutoffs until pandemic is over

Covid-19 Coverage View more stories A proposed US law would make it illegal for telecom providers to terminate Internet or phone service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was submitted in the Senate today by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). "Now—as millions of Americans hunker down, work from home, and…
Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband to everyone

Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband...

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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday issued its annual broadband deployment report, finding for the third straight year that broadband is "being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion." The FCC is required to…
AT&T gave FCC false broadband-coverage data in parts of 20 states

AT&T gave FCC false broadband-coverage data in parts of 20 states

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AT&T falsely reported to the Federal Communications Commission that it offers broadband in nearly 3,600 census blocks spread across parts of 20 states. AT&T disclosed the error to the FCC in a filing a week ago. The filing provides "a list of census blocks AT&T previously reported as having broadband deployment at speeds of at…

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