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AT&T developing a home energy service

AT&T is in the process of developing a home energy management service, which it plans to market to its wireless and wireline customers, according to AT&T Executive Director of Public Policy Jeffery Dygert.

Google Goggles Now on the iPhone

It’s not all war and competition between tech giants Google and Apple. Sometimes the companies can come together, and the winner each time that happens is invariably the consumer. Today Google brings Google Goggles to the iPhone. Try saying that five times fast.

Are Harbinger's LTE Network Plans a Red Herring?

A New York-based private equity firm’s plans to build out an open nationwide 4G wireless network may simply be a facade aimed at pumping up the value of the spectrum it indirectly owns, according to several satellite industry analysts. Will the network ever come to fruition?

AT&T Loses the Landline With New Triple Play

AT&T today announced a service package containing video, data and voice, but this time consumers can choose wireless or a landline for voice. This upends the idea that the next big ISP offering would be a quadruple play that included voice, video, data and mobility.

Meet the iPad’s Micro SIM

The Apple iPad has a new chip, a new data pricing plan and a new SIM format to get onto the carrier network. Since I was curious about the micro SIM, I visited Gemalto, which sold about 1 billion SIM cards last year, to learn more.

Say What? AT&T Lauded for Protecting Privacy

AT&T was named as a “most trusted company in privacy” by a survey of 99,000 consumers according to the Ponemon Institute. Really? AT&T, the company called out in 2005 for illegal wiretapping on behalf of the U.S. government, was being honored for protecting privacy?

Aspera's iPhone App Sends Fat Files With Ease

Aspera today launched a version of its rapid file transport software for the iPhone, which will allow iPhone users to squeeze their picture and video files through the crappiest connection that AT&T may have to offer. The software makes 3G file transfers three times faster.

T-Mo's HSPA+ Upgrade to Hit the Coasts First

T-Mobile may just manage to have one of the fastest mobile broadband networks for a short time, as it rolls out HSPA+ upgrades across its network this year. For the scoop on the network and which areas will get 21 Mbps down first keep reading.

YouTube Will Kill Flat-rate Mobile Broadband Pricing Forever

Video is driving the projected increase in both mobile and wired broadband, but it’s not only the proliferation of video that’s the problem for mobile operators, it’s the relative ease that consumers now have accessing it. And that’s causing mobile operators to rethink their pricing plans.

AT&T: We Really Do Suck in SF & NYC

AT&T this morning said its earnings rose 25 percent in the fourth quarter thanks to its wireless business, and told consumers, if not investors, what they wanted to hear by detailing plans to spend $18-$19 billion in capital expenditures, with $2 billion more for wireless backhaul.

Does Apple Have It In for AT&T?

Today’s announcement of the Apple iPad could be a brutal blow to AT&T. The device can run on other GSM networks, which means AT&T isn’t the only place iPad users can get their mobile broadband. And the data pricing will cut into AT&T’s profits.

How AT&T May Limit Your Mobile Data

Mobile operators are overwhelmed by data usage on their networks, but rightly fear that implementing restrictions could lead to widespread public dissent. Instead of beating bandwidth hogs with a stick, perhaps they can offer a carrot to get them to take it easy on the network.

FCC Agrees to Set Rules on Net Neutrality

The FCC today approved a draft of proposed rules that aim to ensure that the owners of the broadband pipe can’t discriminate against certain traffic on the wired and wireless Internet. For readers already weary of hearing about this debate, the pre-game trash talk and threats can finally end, and we can start arguing about a solid plan.

Broadband Isn't Just the Web — It's Our Future

As I watch what’s happening at the FCC with regard to the National Broadband Plan, as well as the kerfuffle over whether or not Google Voice should provide access to rural areas, where it would have to pay high call termination fees, I realize that the FCC is embarking not on a National Broadband Plan, but a National Communications Plan. For broadband — from the last mile that connects our homes to the long haul networks that move the traffic around the world — is our voice, our video, our web and our connection to one other.

Verizon's Handset Concessions Target AT&T, iPhone

Verizon’s not merely bowing to federal pressure, it’s using the concessions it is making towards handsets as way to weaken AT&T’s grip on the iPhone. With its willingness to make all of its phones available, (albeit to the nation’s smallest carriers) it’s breaking ranks with AT&T, which now looks like a kid who refuses to share.

The iPhone Will Not Destroy the Wireless Business

The Wall Street Journal today notes how the iPhone, which makes it easier for consumers to access data-intensive applications such as video, results in users consuming a lot more bandwidth than they would for texting and email. The carriers know this, which is why they’re investing in next-generation networks that will enable more data to travel more cheaply through their pipes, while at the same time offering plans and phones aimed at luring customers away from other carriers.

The Twilight Problem: Why Metered Broadband Could Suck

When it comes metered broadband, most consumers don’t understand how its implementation could affect what it costs them to download content. So I decided to compare how much, depending on which of the nation’s top ISPs’ metered bandwidth plans you choose, it would cost to rent the teen vampire flick “Twilight.” And I discovered that in almost all cases, the decision to download the movie will cost more than just the $3.99 rental fee — sometimes much more.

Your Future Broadband Will Cost More, for Less

As broadband matures, carriers aren’t merely upgrading their networks, they’re also upgrading their pricing plans realizing that different service levels offer a more nuanced way to manage traffic on their network, and increase their sales.

AT&T Trials Tiered Broadband in Nevada

Following in the footsteps of Time Warner Cable, Frontier Communications and several U.K internet service providers, AT&T appears close to unveiling a tiered broadband service in Reno Nevada, sometime in November. According to a Friday filing with the Federal Communication Commission, AT&T executives met with the legal adviser to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to discuss “usage based pricing” as a form of network management.

AT&T is Sitting Pretty with iPhone and U-verse

AT&T reported a slight boost in profits this morning, and the carrier has quite a bit to boast about, especially on the wireless side. iPhone activations reached 2.4 million during the third quarter, and 40 percent of those iPhones were sold to new subscribers who activated on the AT&T network.

EEF Challenges Telco Immunity in Court

Yesterday the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco challenging the constitutionality of FISA. The brief argues that the FISA Amendments Act violates the federal government’s separation of powers and robs telecom customers of their rights without due process of law.

AT&T Makes Its CDN Move

AT&T (T) today announced more details of its expected effort to enter the teeming content delivery network market, naming three software partners…

LTE Jumps Ahead in the Race to 4G

Long-Term Evolution technology is pulling ahead in the race for the 4G wireless networks, with both carriers and equipment makers starting to unveil LTE plans. What does this mean for WiMAX, which was once seen as offering significant cost and time advantages? Continue Reading

Are Cable and Phone Companies Still Recession-Proof?

Bad news has been coming out of the telco and cable industries, news that offers further proof that we are indeed heading into a recession. As guest blogger Cynthia Brumfield notes, these industries have traditionally held up well during economic downturns. But will they this time?