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1. Verizon, AT&T to End Location Data Sales to Brokers
- Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Verizon and AT&T have pledged to stop providing information on phone owners' locations to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy.
The data has apparently allowed outside companies to pinpoint the location of wireless devices without their owners' knowledge or consent. Verizon said that about 75 companies have been obtaining its customer data from two little-known California-based brokers that Verizon supplies directly – LocationSmart and Zumigo
2. Your Internet Use Could Change as 'Net Neutrality' Ends
- Tuesday, June 12, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) – Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change – though not right away – following the official demise Monday of Obama-era internet protections.
3. Phone Data-Leak Company: No Record of Location-Data Abuse
- Monday, May 21, 2018
LocationSmart operates in a little-known business sector that provides data to companies for such uses as tracking employees and texting e-coupons to customers near relevant stores. Among the customers LocationSmart identifies on its website are the American Automobile Association, FedEx and the insurance carrier Allstate.
4. Senate Democrats Push to Reinstate 'Net Neutrality' Rules
- Thursday, May 17, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – Don't expect the House to go along with the Senate's expected passage of legislation that would revive an Obama-era rule requiring equal treatment for all web traffic by internet providers.
5. Sprint, T-Mobile Have to Sell $26.5B Deal to Antitrust Cops
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) – To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T.
6. Gov’t Argues AT&T-Time Warner Deal Would Hurt Consumers
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government pleaded its case Monday for blocking AT&T from absorbing Time Warner, saying it would hurt consumers as a big antitrust trial crept toward its end and a decision by a federal judge.
7. Ex-Yahoo Paying $35M to Settle SEC Charges Over 2014 Hack
- Wednesday, April 25, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – The company formerly known as Yahoo is paying a $35 million fine to resolve federal regulators' charges that the online pioneer deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history.
8. After Net Neutrality: Brace for Internet 'Fast Lanes'
- Monday, December 25, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet "fast lanes" and "slow lanes."
The net neutrality rules just voted down by the Federal Communications Commission prohibited such "paid prioritization," as it's technically known. That's when an internet provider such as Verizon or Comcast decides to charge services like YouTube or Amazon for faster access to users. Firms that decline to pay up could wind up in bumper-to-bumper slow lanes.
9. FCC Votes Along Party Lines to End 'Net Neutrality'
- Friday, December 15, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.
10. Net Neutrality Fans Speak Up as FCC Set to Strike Down Rules
- Monday, December 11, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.
This week, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on gutting Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.
11. FCC Chairman Sets Out to Repeal 'Net Neutrality' Rules
- Wednesday, November 22, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown with consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.
12. Is There Finally Some Relief From Annoying Robocalls?
- Thursday, August 3, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – For Michael Rizzo, answering the phone is too often a waste of time.
His Sports City Pizza Pub in Buffalo, New York, depends on customers calling to order wings, pizza and potato skins. But much of the time, it's an automated message pushing a scam . "It's getting to the point where it's blocking other callers from coming in," the 24-year-old bar owner said.
13. Women CEOs Earn Big Pay, But Few of Them Have the Top Job
- Thursday, May 25, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies.
The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent.
14. FCC Vote Kicks Off a Battle Over Regulation of the Internet
- Friday, May 19, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – A federal agency voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet.
15. FCC Chief Lays Out Attack on 'Net Neutrality' Rules
- Thursday, April 27, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a Wednesday speech that he wants to ditch the Obama-era rules, hated by telecoms, that prevent broadband and wireless companies from interfering with the sites and apps that consumers use. He wants to undo their legal basis and to eliminate the FCC's broad powers to monitor Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for bad behavior.
16. Amid Competition, Verizon Loses Key Customers for First Time
- Friday, April 21, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals.
17. Telecom Lobbying Muscle Kills Privacy Rules
- Tuesday, April 18, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – The telecom industry's lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress.
Republicans struck down Obama-era rules that would have imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers' personal data. Digital-rights and consumer-advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation supported keeping the rules. But they were outmatched by telecom trade groups and lobbyists.
18. $19.8 Billion Airwaves Auction May Mean Better Cell Service
- Friday, April 14, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Consumers could see more competition and better mobile service after the end of a big U.S. government auction transferring airwave rights from TV broadcasters to companies interested in wireless networks.
19. AP Explains: What the Death of Broadband Privacy Rules Means
- Thursday, March 30, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?
In the short term, not so much. The rules, which would have put tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T can do with information such as your internet history, hadn't yet gone into effect. So if President Donald Trump signs the measure, as the White House has indicated he will , the status quo will remain.
20. House Sends Bill to Trump Blocking Online Privacy Regulation
- Thursday, March 30, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.
21. Senate Votes to Undo Privacy Rules That Protect User Data
- Friday, March 24, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.
22. Verizon Sought $925 Million Penalty for Yahoo's Lax Security
- Tuesday, March 14, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon initially thought the biggest data breaches in internet history merited a $925 million discount on its acquisition of Yahoo's online services, nearly three times more than the two companies finally agreed upon.
23. Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount
- Wednesday, February 22, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.
24. Yahoo Issues Another Warning in Fallout From Hacking Attacks
- Thursday, February 16, 2017
LONDON (AP) – Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago.
25. Yahoo's Big Breach Helps Usher In an Age of Hacker Anxiety
- Friday, December 16, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo has become the worst-case example of an unnerving but increasingly common phenomenon – massive hacks that steal secrets and other potentially revealing information from our personal digital accounts, or from big organizations that hold sensitive data on our behalf.
26. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet
- Monday, December 5, 2016
Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.
27. FCC Concerned About AT&T Exempting DirecTV From Data Caps
- Monday, November 14, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators say that they are concerned that AT&T's exempting its DirecTV unit from cellphone data caps could hurt competition.
AT&T lets customers watch video on DirecTV apps on their AT&T cellphones without eating into monthly data allotments. It's expected to do the same with an upcoming, $35-a-month TV streaming service called DirecTV Now.
28. Verizon Closing Call Centers in 5 States
- Friday, October 14, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Verizon plans to close call centers in five states, including its home state of New York, where the impending loss of hundreds of jobs prompted the governor's office to label the company's move as "corporate abuse."
29. Comcast Plans to Launch Wireless Service Next Year
- Wednesday, September 21, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of the country where it's a cable provider.
That could potentially offer real competition to carriers like Verizon and AT&T for a subset of the country. Comcast has just over 28 million customers.
30. And Now It's Comcast vs. The Wait for the Cable Guy
- Thursday, July 28, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Did you hear the one about the cable company that's actually improving customer service? The punchline: Comcast and its rivals say it's no joke.
These companies have poured hundreds of millions into new tools and staff to de-agonize the process of getting cable TV, Internet or phone service. It's part of a yearslong effort to assuage customers as the specter of "cord-cutting" – dumping cable for Netflix and the like – haunts the industry. More than 2 million customers have fled from cable and satellite over the past three years, according to research firm SNL Kagan, and the pace has been accelerating.
31. Cordova Students to Benefit From Backpack Giveaway
- Thursday, July 7, 2016
Deserving young students in Cordova will soon benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.
TCC, the largest authorized retailer for Verizon Communications Inc. in the U.S., announced that A Wireless is partnering with the company and its Culture of Good to donate 235,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.
32. Federal Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules
- Saturday, June 18, 2016
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.
The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a win for the Obama administration, consumer groups and content companies such as Netflix that want to prevent online content from being blocked or channeled into fast and slow lanes.
33. Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules on Equal Internet Access
- Wednesday, June 15, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a big win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.
34. Say Goodbye to Time Warner Cable: Sale Leads to Name Change
- Thursday, May 19, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Soon you'll have a new cable company to hate. It'll take some practice, but in time you'll get used to swearing at Spectrum.
Time Warner Cable, the largest cable provider in New York and Los Angeles, among other markets, was just bought by Charter Communications Inc., which has mostly operated in the Midwest. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company also bought Bright House Networks Wednesday. That makes Charter the second-largest home Internet provider and third-largest video provider in the U.S. Over the next year and a half, Charter will phase out the Time Warner Cable and Bright House names in favor of its own brand, Spectrum.
35. New Privacy Rules Expected For Internet Providers
- Friday, March 11, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – The federal government is proposing new privacy rules that would make Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies ask your permission in some instances before using and sharing your data.
36. Fight Over Net Neutrality Rules Returns to Appeals Court
- Monday, December 7, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – A key federal appeals court judge who thwarted the last push to make sure consumers get equal access to the Internet appeared open Friday to the government's revised plan.
37. You Still Use a Landline? FCC Voting on New Phone Rules
- Thursday, August 6, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds.
38. As It Closes AOL Deal, Verizon Teases New Video Services
- Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is launching a mobile video service this summer that would show sports, concerts and other types of content.
The country's largest wireless provider teased a few details of its upcoming offerings Tuesday while announcing it had completed its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL Inc. The deal is designed to help Verizon Communications Inc. expand in mobile video and advertising as more hours are spent watching video, reading and shopping on phones and tablets.
39. FCC to Phone Companies: You Can Stop Unwanted Robocalls
- Friday, June 19, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching you a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them.
40. AT&T Hit With $100 Million Fine for 'Unlimited' Data Plans
- Thursday, June 18, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount.
41. Q&A: Net Neutrality Rules Go Into Effect
- Monday, June 15, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – New rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prohibit blocking, slowing and creating paid fast lanes for online traffic took effect Friday.
Cable and telecom industry groups have sued to have the rules thrown out, arguing they are too onerous. But on Thursday, a federal appeals court declined to block the rules from taking effect as the industry litigation against them proceeds. A court could still eventually overturn the rules.
42. Verizon Wireless, Sprint Settle Allegations of Bogus Charges
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday.
43. Job Losses Reflect Risks of Economic Development
- Monday, May 11, 2015
Tennessee officials say they are watching the fallout from Conduit Global’s sudden mass layoffs at its Memphis-area call center and that the state could eventually move to reclaim grant funds the company was awarded.
44. ESPN Suing Verizon Over Unbundling of Its Sports Channel
- Tuesday, April 28, 2015
ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.
The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon's FiOS TV.
45. Verizon Slices Up the Bundle, Lets Customers Choose
- Monday, April 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.
46. USTelecom Files Suit Against Government's New Internet Rules
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun.
The rules were approved in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality – that online content be allowed to load at the same speed. They forbid paid fast lanes favoring some content and say broadband providers can't slow Web traffic or block content.
47. Regulators Approve Tougher Rules for Internet Providers
- Friday, February 27, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.
The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on the Internet.
48. Senators Call for Investigation Into Verizon 'Supercookies'
- Monday, February 9, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.
49. Net Neutrality and What It Could Mean to You
- Friday, February 6, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.
50. FCC Chairman Proposes Regulating Internet Like Phone Service
- Thursday, February 5, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Declaring that the Internet must not be taken over by big business interests, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed dramatically expanding the government's power to oversee Internet service providers and establishing new rules that would prohibit companies from blocking or slowing data.
51. Google Fiber Expanding to 4 Southeastern Metro Areas
- Wednesday, January 28, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average.
52. Reports: Google Planning to Sell Wireless Phone Service
- Friday, January 23, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.
If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing customers to a powerful rival.
53. Obama Steps Into Divisive Debate on Net Neutrality
- Wednesday, November 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.
54. Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.
55. Businesses With Name 'Isis' Fight Bad Brand Image
- Monday, October 6, 2014
Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store's name or snapping pictures of the sign outside.
Unfortunately, that's life for a small-business owner whose shop – Isis Bridal and Formal – shares a name with ISIS, the acronym of a notorious Islamic militant group that the United States is fighting in Iraq and Syria.
56. Verizon Launches Rewards Program With Tracking
- Tuesday, July 22, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.
57. Tech Giants Seek to Halt Overseas Snooping by US
- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.
58. Antitrust Experts: 2 Big Deals Better Than 1
- Wednesday, May 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger – the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable – makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.
59. FCC Votes to Go Forward With Net Neutrality Rules
- Friday, May 16, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.
60. US Proposes Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards
- Friday, April 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes.
61. Netflix's Comcast Deal Improves Quality of Video
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to tolls Netflix pays Comcast for a more direct connection to its network.
62. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many
- Thursday, March 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.
The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.
63. Comcast to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion
- Friday, February 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies and create a dominant force in creating and delivering entertainment.
64. AT&T Says It Will Publish Reports on Data Requests
- Monday, December 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T Inc. says it will publish reports on the number of requests for customer information that it receives from law enforcement agencies, the latest move in the telecommunications industry toward fuller disclosure amid debate over government surveillance programs.
65. Is Big Data Turning Government Into 'Big Brother'?
- Monday, June 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.
66. Obama Pushes Plan for Fast Internet in US Schools
- Friday, June 7, 2013
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Touting the need to give every child the tools for success, President Barack Obama on Thursday toured a North Carolina school where every student has a laptop and called for 99 percent of American students to be connected to super-fast Internet within five years.
67. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records
- Friday, June 7, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.
68. Suits Dismissed Against Corps Over Nashville Flood
- Friday, March 1, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for flood damage in 2010 to the Grand Ole Opry, Gibson Guitar and other Nashville-area businesses.
69. New Breed Expands Memphis Footprint
- Friday, February 1, 2013
New Breed Logistics recently announced plans to expand its Memphis operations with an investment of $23 million that will create 468 warehouse and distribution jobs.
The privately held 3PL company helps businesses design and operate efficient supply chains. Its newest facility will consist of 404,000 square feet at 4585 Quality Drive, and the company will also significantly expand operations inside its facility at 4895 Citation Drive.
70. Verizon Says Sandy Effects Could be ‘Significant'
- Monday, November 5, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon says the effects of Superstorm Sandy on its fourth-quarter earnings could be "significant."
Verizon Communications Inc., whose downtown Manhattan facilities were flooded and are still without power, said Friday it is working to restore communications services to customers affected by the storm.
71. T-Mobile USA to Buy, Swap Spectrum With Verizon
- Tuesday, June 26, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless on Monday said that it has agreed to sell some wireless spectrum rights to T-Mobile USA and swap others, in a continuing quest to get regulators to approve a bigger spectrum deal it has worked out with a consortium of cable companies and another wireless carrier.
72. US Phone Subscribers Hang Up on Contracts
- Friday, May 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – U.S. consumers have had their fill of expensive, contract-based phone plans.
Figures from T-Mobile USA on Thursday, added to earlier reports from other companies, indicate that the U.S. wireless industry lost subscribers from contract-based plans for the first time in the first quarter. Contract-based plans are the most lucrative ones for phone companies. The industry default over the past several decades, they account for the vast majority of revenue at the big phone companies.
73. AT&T Barges Into Home Security
- Tuesday, May 8, 2012
AT&T Inc. will start selling home automation and security services nationwide, taking on incumbents led by Tyco International Ltd.’s ADT.
74. Apple's Next Hot Release: The Dividend Check
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Apple made computers sexy. Can it do the same for the musty old dividend?
Issuing a regular payment to your stockholders after years of just amassing cash used to be an admission that your company has run out of creative ideas to grow profits.
75. Apple to Pay Dividend, Start Stock Buybacks
- Tuesday, March 20, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Apple is finally acknowledging that it has more money than it needs. But don't expect it to cut prices on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the company said on Monday that it will reward its shareholders with a dividend and a share buyback program.
76. T-Mobile Asks FCC to Block Verizon-Cable Deal
- Thursday, February 23, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – T-Mobile USA, which just had its acquisition by AT&T blocked by regulators, is urging the federal government to block another deal in the wireless world: Verizon's planned purchase of spectrum from cable companies for $3.9 billion.
77. Verizon to Set Up Streaming Service With Redbox
- Tuesday, February 7, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.
78. Verizon Reverses on $2 Fee for One-Time Payments
- Monday, January 2, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless on Friday dropped a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit or debit cards.
79. Verizon Wireless Nixes Google Wallet in New Phone
- Wednesday, December 7, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is blocking Google's new flagship phone from supporting Google's attempt to make the smartphone the credit card of the future.
In blocking the Google Wallet software from running on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it was waiting to provide a wallet application until it can offer "the best security and user experience." Verizon and rivals AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA are part of a consortium called ISIS that is planning its own payment system.
80. Cable Companies to Resell Verizon Wireless Service
- Monday, December 5, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Cable companies Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks are giving up on their dreams of creating their own wireless network, opting instead to resell Verizon Wireless service.
81. FCC Chairman Opposes AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile
- Thursday, November 24, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has come out against the merger of cellphone giant AT&T and T-Mobile USA.
Julius Genachowski made his position known in a document he circulated to fellow commissioners Tuesday.
82. MacAdvantage Changes Hands, Moves to Erin Way Center
- Monday, October 24, 2011
MacAdvantage Inc. is one of Tennessee’s only two Apple Specialist stores – a name that carries a certain amount of pride to an independent Apple dealer because of the hard work it takes to reach that goal.
83. Cellphone Cos. to Warn as Plans Approach Limit
- Tuesday, October 18, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Cellphone companies pledged Monday to warn subscribers before they go over their monthly limits for calling minutes, text messages and data use.
The pledge comes in response to a threat of regulation by the Federal Communications Commission, which wants to curb nasty surprises in the monthly bills of wireless subscribers.
84. White House Explains Efforts to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Deal
- Tuesday, September 6, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration has explained its effort to block AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile USA by saying it will fight mergers that would reduce competition and hurt consumers.
85. Government Sues to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger
- Thursday, September 1, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers.
The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and that would lead to price increases.
86. archer>malmo Named Ninth Best Place to Work
- Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Advertising industry publication Advertising Age has named archer>malmo No. 9 on its Best Places to Work in Marketing & Media 2011 poll.
The list featured 30 firms nationwide. Any agency, media owner or marketer with more than 50 full-time employees was eligible.
87. Survey: CEOs Expect Hiring, Spending to Grow
- Wednesday, June 15, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – More than half of the chief executives of large U.S. companies said they expect to spend and hire more over the next six months despite slower economic growth.
The Business Roundtable said Tuesday that 51 percent of CEOs polled expect to increase hiring. Last quarter's level of 52 percent had been the highest since the trade group began surveying its members in 2002.
88. FCC Move to Close Program Access Loophole Upheld
- Monday, June 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal court upheld a recent decision by government regulators to close a loophole that had allowed cable TV operators to withhold sporting events and other popular programming from satellite TV providers and other rivals.
89. New Rules Offer Big Cash Awards to Whistleblowers
- Thursday, May 26, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Whistleblowers who report corporate fraud or other misconduct to the government could receive sizable cash awards under new rules adopted Wednesday by federal regulators.
90. Verizon Pays $93.5M to Settle Whistleblower Suit
- Wednesday, April 6, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon Communications Inc. has paid $93.5 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal government, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
91. AT&T to Buy T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion
- Tuesday, March 22, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T Inc. said Sunday it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion that would make it the largest cellphone company in the U.S.
92. Agency of Record
- Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Although the venerable marketing and communications agency archer>malmo may operate in a fiscally conservative manner, its forward-thinking concepts have kept the firm flourishing for almost 60 years.
93. Obama Says He Shares Mission With Business Leaders
- Thursday, December 16, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama, trying to boost anemic job creation and improve testy relations with the corporate community, said Wednesday he wants ideas from business leaders on how to “seize the promise of this moment.”
94. Survey: CEOs Expect to Hire More as Sales Grow
- Wednesday, December 15, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – More top corporate executives expect to hire workers and boost spending on their companies over the next six months.
A survey released Tuesday by Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of big U.S. companies, shows 45 percent of executives say they expect their companies to add more workers.
95. Survey: CEOs More Cautious About Sales, Hiring
- Wednesday, September 29, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Top corporate executives aren't quite as optimistic about sales growth now as they were in June, suggesting that some are putting plans to hire more workers on hold.
Two-thirds of the chief executives that Business Roundtable surveyed in September expected sales to grow over the next six months. That is down from 79 percent who said they expected sales growth in June.
96. Verizon Taps Wireless Chief as COO
- Tuesday, September 21, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Communications Inc. has named the head of its wireless division, Lowell C. McAdam, as its chief operating officer, setting him up as a successor to the CEO.
97. Hiring Plans of US CEOs at 3-Year High
- Thursday, June 24, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – The number of CEOs planning to ramp up hiring is at the highest level since mid-2007, according to a survey that suggests big U.S. companies are growing more confident about the recovery.
The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of big U.S. companies, said Wednesday its survey shows 39 percent of chief executives expect to boost their payrolls in the second half of 2010. Only 17 percent say jobs will drop, while 43 percent expect no change in their current work force.
98. FCC Set to Reconsider Broadband Regulations
- Friday, June 18, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are reconsidering the rules that govern high-speed Internet connections - wading into a bitter policy dispute that could be tied up in court for years.
The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday to begin taking public comments on three different paths for regulating broadband. That includes a proposal by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, to define broadband access as a telecommunications service subject to "common carrier" obligations to treat all traffic equally.
99. More CEOs See Job Increases Than Losses
- Thursday, April 8, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in two years, more CEOs expect to be adding jobs than cutting jobs.
A survey by Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of big U.S. companies, says 29 percent of chief executives expect to increase corporate payrolls over the next six months, while 21 percent predict that their work forces will shrink. Half see no change in jobs.
100. FCC Loses Key Ruling on Internet 'Neutrality'
- Wednesday, April 7, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.