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Patent-holding company uses ex-Nokia patents to sue Apple, phone carriers

Nokia has spread its patents around widely, and they keep popping up in lawsuits.

As US prepares to gut net neutrality rules, Canada strengthens them

Canada cracks down on zero-rating while FCC allows paid data cap exemptions.

FCC helps AT&T and Verizon charge more by ending broadband price...

Business Internet price caps eliminated even when customers have only one choice.

Verizon lost 400,000 customers in the 6 weeks before it launched...

Verizon turned things around but still lost 289,000 phone subscribers.

Verizon CEO: We’d consider merger with almost anyone, including Comcast

No deal is imminent as Verizon CEO claims no one has the fiber to match Verizon.

Verizon spends $1B on fiber—but it’s for 5G wireless, not more...

Verizon buys fiber from Corning to speed up mobile and wireless home Internet.

Verizon’s Android Wear 2.0 watch costs $350 without a contract starting...

Customers can also opt for a $300 pricetag if signing up for a two-year contract.

One broadband choice counts as “competition” in new FCC proposal

Price caps would be eliminated when there’s one more ISP within half a mile.

FCC’s deregulation of business data lines could mean a price hike

If you operate a small or medium-size U.S. business, you can expect to pay more for broadband services in the near future because the U.S.

Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate providers of business data lines, critics of the proposal say.Users of ATMs, shoppers in stores that use credit card scanners, and mobile phone customers could also see prices go up after the FCC deregulates the so-called business data services (BDS) market.
Schools and hospitals also depend on BDS for their broadband service, and prices could rise as much as 25 percent in areas where the FCC removes price caps, critics warn.[ Read 'em and weep: 5 ways your ISP is screwing you. | 5 more ways your ISP is screwing you. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]The FCC is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal from Republican Chairman Ajit Pai that would deregulate large parts of the BDS market, which generates an estimated US$45 billion a year for AT&T, Verizon, and other telecom carriers.
Incumbent telecom carriers welcome the plan, saying there’s plenty of competition in the BDS market, sometimes called special access.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Boycott ISPs that abuse privacy, net neutrality

After Congress repealed the FCC’s broadband privacy rules two weeks ago, new Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai promised that the personal information they give to their ISPs would continue to be, well, private.
Indeed, Pai said that he planned to work with the Federal Trade Commission to police ISPs around privacy issues.However, many believe that this will not only fail to provide effective broadband privacy protections, but will also come at the cost of removing the FCC’s net neutrality rules.

As you may recall, net neutrality prohibits ISPs like Verizon and Comcast from picking winners and losers on the open internet.
Indeed, we could be heading for a day where the FTC actually won’t be able to regulate ISPs at all.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US

Dish, Comcast, and US Cellular also bought plenty of 600MHz spectrum.

Comcast Business offers direct connection to IBM Cloud network

Comcast Business announced Thursday it now offers direct, dedicated network links to the IBM Cloud global network.The move positions Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast, to compete against AT&T, Verizon, Bell Canada and telecom service providers...