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by Karl Bode 06:54PM Thursday Apr 24 2014
Time Warner Cable's earnings indicate that the company continues to bleed basic cable subscribers, though the company is quick to point out that the 34,000 accounts lost on the quarter was the lowest quarterly loss they've seen in five years. Still, they've lost 748,000 video subscribers year over year as users move to satellite, telcoTV or cut the cord entirely.

Other sectors fared better, the company adding 269,000 broadband and 107,000 on the quarter. The company posted a net income of $479 million on revenues of $5.58 billion, aided in large part by the company's increase in TV and broadband rate hikes. The company also noted in its earnings call it spent $62 million during the first quarter on organizing the proposed Comcast acquisition -- $33 million on legal fees alone.

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by Karl Bode 04:32PM Thursday Apr 24 2014
In addition to being filled with loopholes and allowing ample gatekeeper pay to play opportunities for ISPs, a source tells Fierce Wireless that the new net neutrality rules being circulated at the FCC also won't apply to wireless networks. The old rules also largely excluded wireless, in large part because the rule's framework was based on draft proposals submitted to the FCC by Google, AT&T and Verizon.
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by Karl Bode 03:03PM Thursday Apr 24 2014
OP/ED: The FCC spent most of today engaged in damage control over the news that the agency's new net neutrality rules will vacillate somewhere between useless and incredibly harmful, in that they may actually codify and protect anti-competitive behavior for major ISPs. A Blog post by FCC boss Tom Wheeler lamenting "misinformation" and a morning conference call with reporters did nothing to quell public and media annoyance that once again -- an agency tasked with protecting consumers appears to be entirely spineless.
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by Karl Bode 12:23PM Thursday Apr 24 2014
Verizon's earnings released this morning indicate that the company posted a first-quarter profit of nearly $4 billion, on revenues of $30.8 billion. Verizon's earnings were helped by the company's recent acquisition of Vodafone's 45% Verizon Wireless stake, but overall Verizon added a slightly lower-than-expected 549,000 total net new customers.
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by Karl Bode 10:29AM Thursday Apr 24 2014
Last November we noted that Time Warner Cable, historically a bit sluggish when it comes to next-gen broadband upgrades, was considering a brand refresh named "Maxx" that would include significant speed and TV improvements. A blog post and press release by the company last January shed a little more details on these improvements, which the company say will first be coming to the New York City and Los Angeles markets -- "transforming their service as they know it."

This week the company announced that those upgrades are now underway for LA and NYC customers. According to a press release, the company is now offering 300 Mbps in "several" communities in both cities, including Costa Mesa and West Hollywood in California and portions of Woodside, Queens and Staten Island in New York City.

Users in those communities will see the company's Standard Internet plan bumped from 15 Mbps to 50 Mbps, and the company's Ultimate plan bumped from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps -- for the same current pricing.

According to Time Warner Cable, the speed bumps arrive "on the heels of a top-to-bottom network evaluation and upgrade in these areas to ensure optimum performance and rock-solid network reliability." They also arrive as Comcast attempts to get regulatory approval for acquiring Time Warner Cable, meaning it's unclear just how many users will see these upgrades before an ownership switch.

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by Karl Bode 09:21AM Thursday Apr 24 2014
As noted recently, some New Jersey locals have been annoyed that Verizon failed to adhere to a 1993 requirement that provided the company with subsidies and tax cuts in exchange for a promise to wire all of the state with 45 Mbps fixed-line broadband by 2010. Worse, Verizon was then caught sending bogus public support letters to the state Board of Public Utilities, supporting a provision that lets Verizon off the hook for the failed promise.
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by Karl Bode 08:44AM Thursday Apr 24 2014
A new study by Strategy Analytics indicates that nobody uses the bevy of bloatware that companies like Samsung include on their handsets. While Samsung recently patted itself on the back for having 100 million users for ChatOn (Samsung's messaging app), Strategy Analytics notes that US users spent around six seconds on average in the app.
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by Karl Bode 08:16AM Thursday Apr 24 2014
Yesterday anonymous sources told several news outlets that the FCC was crafting new neutrality rules that would try to utilize at least some of the somewhat flimsy legal justifications that got the FCC in trouble with the courts to begin with. Worse perhaps, sources claim that at best the new rules are simply a rehash of the already flimsy rules the FCC already tried to pass (which were largely crafted by industry).
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by Karl Bode 06:14PM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
AT&T's first quarter 2014 earnings indicate that the telco giant posted a quarterly profit of $3.7 billion on revenues of $32.5 billion. That's obviously again thanks to wireless, with AT&T brushing off T-Mobile pesky "uncarrier" marketing push by adding 625,000 postpaid wireless subscribers -- many of which continue to be drawn by the better overall coverage of the larger two carriers. Wireless revenues jumped 7% over last year thanks largely to the company's shared data plans and their "Next" handset upgrade program. The company today stated that 46% of their wireless customers are now on plans of 10 GB or larger (whether they actually need those sized buckets isn't clear).

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by Karl Bode 04:20PM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
After Verizon managed to defeat the FCC's already fairly wimpy net neutrality rules in court earlier this year, the FCC stated they wouldn't try to reclassify ISPs under common carriers, but would try to craft new rules based on some of the same shaky legal footing that got them in trouble in the first place.

For months now FCC boss Tom Wheeler has been painfully ambiguous about precisely what these rules will include, though Wheeler this week stated the agency will consider the new draft neutrality rules at the FCC meeting on May 15:
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As we reported in February, Wheeler will propose basically the same rules that the agency had tried before, but justify them under a different part of the law.
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by Karl Bode 02:35PM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
Akamai's latest State of the Internet report notes that average United States Internet speeds have just bumped past the 10 Mbps mark -- largely due to faster DOCSIS 3.0 cable upgrades. While that's a 25% bump over last year, it's still only enough to put the United States in tenth place among all countries worldwide.
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by Karl Bode 12:18PM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
We've increasingly seen a fracturing of streaming video content as more and more companies strike exclusive deals for content, resulting in consumer confusion as to what content is available on what service. In a move that continues that trend yet expands HBO content availability at the same time, HBO has struck an exclusive deal to allow Amazon to offer older HBO series on the company's Prime streaming service.
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by Karl Bode 10:32AM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
AT&T's 1 Gbps "Gigapower" product is currently only available in a portion of one market: Austin, Texas. At the moment users pay $70 ($100 if you don't want AT&T monetizing your browsing habits) for 300 Mbps, though AT&T insists users will be able to get 1 Gbps service later this year.
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by Karl Bode 09:14AM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
In January of last year, unlocking your cellphone technically became illegal after the Librarian of Congress removed it from the DMCA exception list. It technically remains legal for you to jailbreak your phone, but you can't unlock it without carrier permission.
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by Karl Bode 08:29AM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
Bloomberg quotes anonymous sources who claim that Dish Network will be unveiling a new Internet TV service sometime this summer. According to those sources, Dish aims to target the 18 to 34 year old demographic with a live TV channel package that will cost $20 to $30 per month.
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by Karl Bode 08:21AM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
The idea of broadband by sewer has been floated several times over the years, and was even the subject of a very amusing Google April Fool's joke a few years back. But user nightdesigns See Profile directs our attention to the fact that a London-based company is still pushing the broadband by sewer design, and hopes to use their technology to offer 1 Gbps service to several California communities:
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by Revcb 07:10AM Wednesday Apr 23 2014

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by Karl Bode 06:27PM Tuesday Apr 22 2014
On the same day that Netflix was calling out AT&T's U-Verse network for poor streaming performance, AT&T announced that it was investing in an over the top streaming video service of its own. According to AT&T's press release, AT&T and the Chernin Group will contributing $500 billion toward a new venture that will "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.
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by Karl Bode 05:06PM Tuesday Apr 22 2014
Late last year security researcher Eloi Vanderbeken exposed a backdoor in a 24 different older DSL modem gateways made by both Netgear and Linksys that allowed an intruder to reset a machine's configuration and gain access to the devices' administrative control panel. While the companies originally claimed the problem had been patched, Vanderbeken is back with a new report that notes the backdoor wasn't really patched -- it was simply hidden from view. Vanderbeken's full Powerpoint presentation (pdf) offers significantly more detail and insists that the backdoor isn't a coding error -- it's "deliberate."

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