AT&T, Cisco Systems, General Electric, IBM and Intel are coming together to form a new group to try to create standards for the sensors inside machines and sprouting up around cities as part of the Internet of Things.
Bright House Networks and DirecTV were the top two pay TV distributors in Temkin Group's annual customer service rankings, while Comcast and Charter Communications received the lowest ratings in the sector.
AT&T is enhancing its small to medium business (SMB) U-verse expansion efforts in the southern states it serves by offering qualifying companies in Alabama and Georgia up to 12 months of free 6 Mbps Internet service.
While much of the attention of the net neutrality debates between Netflix and major carriers like Comcast and AT&T have focused on having enough last mile bandwidth to the home, the real problem actually resides in the Internet peering backbone points. Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, examines this issue in her latest Editor's Corner. Read more
Affirmed Networks wasn't exactly flying below the radar before AT&T announced plans to include the vendor's virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) as the carrier develops its "user-defined network cloud," which is being enabled by the carrier's Domain 2.0 supplier program. After all, four-year-old Affirmed has some 30 technology trials underway and deployments with Tier 1 wireless operators in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Earlier this week, media outlets lit up with news that Apple might be negotiating a deal with Comcast to stream the cable giant's linear TV and on-demand video across its Apple TV device. A number of articles arose almost as quickly analyzing whether or not this would actually happen, and why. The rumors can't be completely dismissed, but the biggest traffic issues, and the deals put together to prevent them, may be taking place well before the last mile.
AT&T has been told by the Michigan Public Service Commission that it now has to file an IP service interconnection agreement with Sprint.
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega waded into the fraught debate over whether Netflix should be forced to pay to interconnect its video traffic to subscribers. Speaking at the Rutberg Global Summit, de la Vega said that video is driving exponential traffic growth. "We have to provide additional capacity," he said. "The only question is who pays for that addition?"
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his vision for how the commission will make the 3.5 GHz band open for wireless broadband use, hitting on the three-tier structure that has been at the center of debate around the band for months.
As the FCC works to finalize rules for next year's incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, the lobbyists who work for the Tier 1 wireless carriers are seeing a booming industry.