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FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

Right through December of last year, the FCC had ongoing investigations into telecom giants including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile over their use of zero-rated data services, viewing them anti-competitive and in violation of net neutrality rules. Unfortunately, these investigations were opened under outgoing FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, and part of President Trump's restaffing has been appointing Ajit Pai as the new head. In turn, the agency has also revealed that it's dropping the investigations.

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AT&T’s AirGig advances: telephone pole 5G antennas coming to USA

AT&T’s AirGig advances: telephone pole 5G antennas coming to USA

AT&T Labs-created AirGig telephone-pole-housed data access technology will be coming to the USA by the end of 2017. AT&T's first announcement of AirGig - or Project AirGig, as they call it - back in September of 2016. Back then it was suggested that first trials for this "broadband anywhere" system would likely start in the year 2017. Now is that time, and the places it'll come first are very vague - one inside the USA, one outside.

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AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

As of this upcoming Friday, AT&T will offer its subscribers an ‘International Day Pass’ that offers unlimited text and talking in more than 100 countries. The pass will last for the duration of 24 hours, with the idea being that you can pay for an entire day abroad rather than stressing over the exact number of minutes and texts you use (and subsequently pay for).

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AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

We knew it was coming, but now AT&T has made it official: the carrier's 2G network is no more. AT&T announced this week that it has shut down its 2G network, a move that's been years in the making. The kicker is that the shutdown happened without most people even realizing it, as AT&T said the network has been inactive since January 1.

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FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

Zero-rated services are becoming increasingly popular among carriers and companies, giving customers a way to consume certain content without using up their high-speed data allotment. Such arrangements have raised concerns about net neutrality in the past, and while the FCC isn't necessarily against zero-rated offerings, it has expressed concerns with some of them. Verizon and AT&T are, once again, the focus of that concern.

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AT&T raises price on grandfathered truely-unlimited data plans

AT&T raises price on grandfathered truely-unlimited data plans

AT&T subscribers clinging to their grandfathered unlimited data plans face yet another price increase, with the carrier slapping on an extra monthly charge. The plans, which offered legitimately unlimited data rather than the capped allowances currently offered, haven't been available for new AT&T customers for some years now. However, that hasn't stopped existing users from refusing to give them up.

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DirecTV NOW promotion end date confirmed: act fast

DirecTV NOW promotion end date confirmed: act fast

Back in November, AT&T revealed DirecTV NOW, a new service that allows subscribers to stream live TV over the internet. DirecTV NOW's "Go Big" package was given an introductory price of $35 per month, and it actually gave customers a significant amount of content for the price, with the package featuring around 100 channels. However, we knew from the start that the $35 price was too good to last, and now AT&T has announced when it will no longer be available.

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AT&T Call Protect filters out spam and fraud phone calls

AT&T Call Protect filters out spam and fraud phone calls

AT&T has announced the launch of a new feature called Call Protect. With this, the carrier’s wireless subscribers can filter out spammy and otherwise unwanted phone calls, cutting down on how many ‘free sweepstakes’ and similar calls you receive. The Call Protect feature comes in the form of a mobile app, and includes things like temporary call blocking and automatic fraud blocking.

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T-Mobile lures AT&T converts with DirecTV Now new customer perk

T-Mobile lures AT&T converts with DirecTV Now new customer perk

T-Mobile has thrown an amusing little jab at AT&T, and is now offering the latter carrier's customers free DirecTV Now service for switching to the Uncarrier. This is amusing, of course, because AT&T is the company behind DirecTV Now, the newly unveiled live streaming television service. AT&T mobile customers interested in switching to T-Mobile can claim the new perk starting tomorrow.

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This is when your US Note 7 will die

This is when your US Note 7 will die

Samsung's decision to not just ask nicely for Galaxy Note 7 recall hold-outs to return the phone but brick it altogether has left some wondering "when will my Note 7 die?" Tired of waiting for remaining owners to come in for a refund, Samsung has opted to take more drastic actions. However, with the news that Verizon doesn't plan to release the new firmware, which prevents the problematic phablet's battery from charging, attention has turned to the other major US carriers to confirm when - or indeed if - their customers will receive it.

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AT&T begins refunding 2.7 million customers over bill cramming

AT&T begins refunding 2.7 million customers over bill cramming

If you’re an AT&T mobile customer (or you used to be one), you may see a bill credit in the next couple months or find a check in the mail soon. According to the FTC, AT&T has mailed the first round of checks to former customers refunding some of the money they spent due to the carrier's alleged bill cramming issue. Current AT&T customers -- of which about 2.7 million are affected -- will see their refund in the form of a bill credit within the next 75 days.

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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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