FCC slaps AT&T with $25 million fine for data breach

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Employees of AT&T's call centres were found to have illegally taken the personal information of almost 280,000 customers following an investigation by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. As such, the regulator has fined the telecommunications giant with a $25 million fine for unauthorised use of customer data.

“As the nation's expert agency on communications networks, the Commission cannot...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

US Navy prepares for cyber warfare offensive

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Individuals behind their computers might sound less-frightening than the nuclear weapons of past, but as we've seen depicted in fictional-but-realistic video games such as Call of Duty, compromising the right systems can have devastating consequences.

Most governments have been setting-up dedicated teams to help defend against such modern attacks, including the UK who set-up...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Security.

FCC protects a free internet in landmark decision

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Whilst most internet-related headlines overnight surrounded two escaped llamas and a dress, the biggest news came from the FCC who approved the long-awaited decision to classify broadband as a Title II public utility.

The new rules provide the FCC with more powers to protect a free and open internet which offers fair access to all through banning things like the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

UK "Tech Hub" has less 4G coverage than rural US town

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A report from Expert Market highlights the slow rollout of 4G technology in the UK, and the lack of choice many consumers have when it comes to deciding on an operator. In fact, a small rural town in the US offers better coverage than Bristol which was dubbed a "Tech Hub" of the UK.

With a population of just...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, N America, Operators.

T-Mobile CEO criticises the FCC over AWS-3 auction

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From an outside viewpoint, it would appear the FCC's recent AWS-3 spectrum auction was an unprecedented success. The telecoms regulator added a record $44.9 billion to the US treasury, and all the major players left with some valuable assets for their current and future networks.

T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, John Legere, wasn't so pleased with the apparant lack of fairness shown in the auction. Despite...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Licensing, N America, Regulation, Spectrum.

Is management T-Mobile USA’s layer of fat?

There’s an article in French magazine Challenges this week about Iliad and T-Mobile. It’s entitled “How Iliad-Free bluffed the Americans” (in French). As usual with the business press, it doesn’t actually answer the question, and by and large there’s little new in there. Still, there’s a quote that I found interesting in the context in which I view the potential acquisition, as described in my

By Benoît FELTEN, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Networks, Operators.

AT&T’s $48.5 billion DirecTV bid is a blockbuster bet

Today’s big news within the telecoms industry is that of AT&T’s plans to purchase DirecTV in a deal worth over an eye-watering $48 billion. The merger will help AT&T become a leader in the mobile video space where latest research statistics points towards customers consuming more video than ever before on their mobile devices – something which is only set to increase.

Both companies combined will control around 26 million TV subscribers in the US and, if approved by...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Networks.

Are you under surveillance? Tech giants will reveal request data…

Snowden’s revelations surrounding the NSA’s intrusive surveillance programmes caused mass outcry from the general public and members of certain commissions. One of those he leaked was of PRISM –a slide revealed access to most of the major consumer tech giants’ servers.

The law has always been companies must hand over information they hold about individuals if the...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.

AT&T vs. T-Mobile: Gloves are off, and they’re still swinging!

Rival businesses are naturally going to have a few words about their competitors; a few playful jabs here and there. But sometimes criticising strategies ends up with the hypothetical boxing gloves coming off – and the bare knuckles come out, to our entertainment.

For some history, let’s take a trip back to April 2012 when the FCC approved T-Mobile receiving $1 billion worth of spectrum from AT&T. Alongside this; AT&T had to give T-Mobile $3 billion in cash.

The gained spectrum was...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, N America, Operators.

Scroogle you too US Government, says Microsoft

Microsoft’s reputation – along with many other top technology firms – was damaged by the NSA revelations which, if Edward Snowden’s leaks are correct, the Redmond-based firm was involved in the programme; whether knowingly or not.

Now it’s the turn of Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, to help ease customer distrust in the company’s services by speaking of their shared concerns about government surveillance of the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.