News tagged: AT&T DSL Service
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. It will be bumped to 1 Gbps in that region sometime later this year.
"We are redirecting VIP investment to fiber to the home deployment, and in fact we are going to launch the service in Dallas this summer," stated Stephenson.
"...You are going to see other communities as we begin to deploy this technology emerge around the United States," said the CEO, adding that the company was going to be a "little more aggressive and assertive in deploying that technology around the country."
The Austin launch was a direct response to Google Fiber's arrival in the Austin area. Whereas Google charges $70 for symmetrical 1 Gbps, AT&T is charging users $100 a month for symmetrical 1 Gbps speeds (when they arrive), unless users are willing to have their online behavior tracked
and monetized, in which case they'll pay $70 (plus install fees and an ETF).
Before AT&T customers get too excited, AT&T hasn't once released any meaningful statistics on exactly how many customers they intend to reach with this significantly-faster service. AT&T primarily appears to be taking their existing fiber to the home deployments -- which they've always historically offered in select upscale housing developments but capped at slower DSL speeds
-- and has started bumping those limited users to faster speeds.
As such this is more of a PR response to Google Fiber in their home state than a significant deployment, as AT&T continues to promise investors that any money spent on GigaPower will not meaningfully impact CAPEX or spending (read: it's mostly already installed at said developments and requires little effort to enable). Stephenson stated that more detail would be made available on the Dallas deployment sometime later this year.
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.
AT&T broadband users continue to claim there's something not quite right about the way AT&T calculates data usage for their capped DSL and U-Verse users. As Broadband Reports
was the first to exclusively report last year, AT&T began imposing 150 GB caps on DSL users and 250 GB caps on U-Verse users -- with $10 per 50 GB overage fees.
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