AT&T generated a lot of buzz over the weekend when it revealed its plans of acquiring media conglomerate Time Warner for a hefty sum of $85.4 billion. But various industry watchers are now saying that it may be challenging for such a megamerger deal to be approved by regulators. The reason is that a similar thing has happened before, especially with the Comcast-NBC Universal deal struck about half a decade ago, and it did not work out. The concern is that the same thing could happen again.
Recently this week, a United States appeals court has dismissed the Federal Trade Commission’s suit against AT&T that accused the latter of deceiving subscribers of the wireless carrier’s unlimited data plans when it throttled their data connection speeds. The FTC had claimed that the second biggest wireless carrier in the US was in violation of the FTC Act.
Because AT&T has recently secured a roaming and interconnection deal with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (ETECSA), a telecom service provider based in Cuba, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States could soon be able to connect its subscribers visiting the island nation.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in numerous states across America, saying that carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T are giving businesses discounts on 911 emergency call services, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
A week ago, Republican supporters consumed Super Bowl level loads at the Republican National Convention (RNC) held in the city of Cleveland in Ohio. This week, the same thing is likely to happen in the city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, where the Democratic National Convention will take place. Wireless carriers, however, are ready to handle all that mobile data.
The second biggest wireless carrier in the United States is debuting the first giveaway deal of its new AT&T Thanks rewards program. In this offer, the mobile service provider is offering one free movie ticket to customers when they pay for the first ticket at full price. It might be interesting to some that the offer is being made on a Tuesday this summer season and is called Ticket Twosdays (what say you, T-Mobile?) and at AMC or Regal cinemas.
Now that the United States Court of Appeals has upheld the net neutrality rules imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over a year ago, advocates of those rules are demanding that the agency take immediate action in addressing zero rating deals offered by various broadband and wireless companies.
Count this is another win for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its long time bid to make the information superhighway a fair and open place for every consumer and business entity. Just this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled to uphold the net neutrality rules established by the FCC more than a year ago.
Regulating bodies in the United States now want to gather more information about how phone makers and wireless carriers go about dealing with security issues in mobile devices. At the same time, the feds want to know why fixes for bugs and vulnerabilities take too darned long be deployed. Indeed, both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sent letters of inquiries to more than a dozen firms, collecting data about how mobile manufacturers and network operators handle security updates.