News tagged: AT&T DSL Service
As we've frequently discussed, AT&T and Verizon are in the process of going state by state gutting consumer protections on DSL and landlines in preparation of hanging up on users they don't want to upgrade. This has been pitched by the carriers as part of the "IP transition
" and states are often told by killing consumer protections they'll see better and greater networks than ever
In reality, many of these impacted users will lose DSL and POTS and only have the fixed-line choice of cable broadband or heavily-capped wireless. AT&T's latest success on this front is in Michigan, where they've lobbied SB 0636
to a successful 71-39 victory in the Michigan House.
While AT&T is trying to argue that disconnecting users from DSL and POTS will somehow create more
connectivity, a small number of groups and individuals appear to realize that losing DSL and POTS will leave them with fewer choices
AARP spokesman Mark Hornbeck said in an email that the organization "remains concerned that some people could be left without affordable, reliable phone service when this bill takes effect. Also, it does not provide the consumer protections that are in current telecommunications law." AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray applauded the move, which he said will help the communications company transition to a network built on Internet protocol and wireless technology.
The problem is that many users are clearly still using those DSL lines, contrary to what AT&T-paid editorialists would have you believe
. Severing them without offering a fixed-line alternative will leave those users hostage to cable companies facing even less competition than they did before. That means users are stuck between paying more than ever for cable broadband (assuming you can get it), or signing up for very expensive wireless with low usage caps (again, assuming you can get it).
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today, AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson stated that the company will be launching their 1 Gbps "Gigapower" U-Verse tier somewhere in the Dallas area starting this summer. AT&T's Gigapower service currently only exists in select portions of Austin, providing users with speeds of 300 Mbps. story continues..
AT&T today announced that their first "IP transition" trials as the company eyes shutting down its copper networks will occur in West Delray Beach, Florida (Kings Point) and Carbon Hill, Alabama. According to an AT&T announcement
, these locations will be the sites of multi-year trials with FCC oversight aimed at studying the impact of migrating away from copper networks and the PSTN.
A report in the Wall Street Journal
indicates that the Obama administration is contemplating several "new" options when it comes to storing bulk surveillance data. The options were presented to the White House as part of the government's somewhat-cosmetic reforms proposed back in January
According to a new Ranker.com poll
, AT&T is considered the worst at customer service with Time Warner Cable ranked second and Comcast ranked sixth. The next telecom company doesn't even appear on their list until Verizon Wireless shows up at spot 21. "Younger consumers appear particularly frustrated by Time Warner and Comcast, naming them the #1 and #3 worst companies in our data, which suggests that these companies’ reputations are worst amongst the very consumers most likely to opt for internet television," states Ranker.com Data Analyst Ravi Iyer.
Torrent Freak story continues..
notes that AT&T Mobility filed a patent (US 20140010082
) on September 2013 for a system that would allow the wireless carrier to charge a subscriber more money for using file sharing, video, other other more intensive bandwidth services. Titled the "Prevention Of Bandwidth Abuse Of A Communications System", the patent operates on a credit system, whereby users erode their credit total by using select types of content and services.
Wall Street isn't exactly sure that Frontier's acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut operations, announced yesterday
, is a particularly good idea. One, the landline is dying.
Frontier Communications has announced that the company will be buying AT&T's fixed-line networks in Connecticut in a deal estimated to be worth around $2 billion. According to the companies' press release
, the deal will involve all AT&T residential (both DSL and U-Verse), commercial and wholesale customers in Connecticut.
AT&T has officially announced that the company's first 1 Gbps fiber to the home users (who'll initially see 300 Mbps until next year) have come online in Austin. The "GigaPower" service was announced one day after Google Fiber announced they were coming to Austin
, though AT&T to this day Google Fiber played no role in this announcement.
The Lansing State Journal
notes that Michigan legislation backed by AT&T would allow phone companies to discontinue landline service -- and the DSL service that runs over it -- with just 90 days' notice beginning in 2017. This is just one of dozens of similar pushes in states around the country as AT&T and Verizon lay the groundwork for hanging up on users they refuse to upgrade to next-gen services
and no longer want.
Netflix has updated their rankings of ISP Netflix streaming performance
with October data. The Netflix ISP Speed Index pulls data from more than 37 million Netflix members viewing over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month.
AT&T is getting only slightly more specific about the company's plan to offer 1 Gbps service to select portions of Austin ahead of Google Fiber's launch there. AT&T's fiber to the press release announcement has been rather ambiguous so far
, the company only noting they'll first offer 300 Mbps, then 1 Gbps to "tens of thousands of customer locations" after several years.
Before there was Edward Snowden there was AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein
, who revealed in 2007 that AT&T was effectively letting the NSA clone every shred of data (AT&T's or anybody else's) that touched their network. While AT&T has been rather quiet during the recent NSA kerfuffle, there's likely not a company around that has been more cooperative with the government's wholesale surveillance ambitions, going so far as to even advise government on how best to break wiretap and privacy law
AT&T has released the company's third quarter earnings
, which show AT&T saw a net income of $3.8 billion on revenues of $32.2 billion. AT&T added 989,000 wireless subscribers in the third quarter, 363,000 postpaid, Still, just 178,000 of those were smartphone additions suggesting a saturated market and continued price pressure from T-Mobile.
AT&T has been working hard to gut regulations governing traditional phone service so they can exit the landline (DSL & POTS) business in numerous areas and focus on the real money maker: wireless. To do this, they've been going state to state, promising locals a cornucopia of broadband upgrades
-- if only locals agree to eliminate all pesky remaining regulations.
AT&T has yet to offer a single customer 1 Gbps service, but that didn't stop AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today from hinting at additional
1 Gbps market launches that may or may not happen. To counter media excitement created by Google Fiber's move into Austin last April, AT&T issued an ambiguous announcement
one day later proclaiming they were "prepared to build" networks with "advanced fiber optic infrastructure" under select circumstances.
AT&T is sending warning letters to copyright offenders threatening service disconnection, despite the fact that ISPs have repeatedly made it clear disconnections are not part of the "Copyright Alert System" (aka "six strikes) program. The CAS system, launched back in February
, does include copyright infringement penalties imposed that vary by ISP, ranging from temporarily blocking Internet access until the user acknowledges the receipt of "educational" material
to throttling a user's connection
for a limited amount of time.
While there's absolutely no doubt that Google Fiber has been a positive thing for the industry, critics have singled out two problems with Google's ultra-fast offering. One, the company backed off of open access promises
that would have allowed multiple companies to come in and truly compete over the infrastructure.
AT&T West employees in California and Nevada are currently reporting to work, but have threatened to strike if they can't strike a new deal with AT&T. According to Southern California Public Radio
, the 18,000 workers and CWA members rejected a new contract proposal from AT&T last week over wages and benefits. As is usually the case, AT&T says they have a "contingency workforce of well-trained managers and vendors" to handle the workload disruption if a strike happens, though a strike will of course mean major delays in DSL and U-Verse installs and repairs.
AT&T appears poised to begin offering new U-Verse speed tiers that should offer a belated speed increase for bandwidth-hungry users. Earlier this year AT&T promised users
they'd eventually see 75-100 Mbps using line bonding, though the company was somewhat murky on deployment time -- or upstream speeds.
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