Fire sale: AT&T is selling its Latin American satellite business Vrio and its ad tech company Xandr, just months after offloading WarnerMedia. Though a bad look for AT&T, the sales give the child companies a chance to thrive under new parentage.
Thanks to hefty spending at the FCC’s C-band auction, AT&T believes it has enough spectrum to bring 5G coverage to 70–75 million people by 2022. But AT&T needs to continue forging partnerships to deploy that spectrum in ways that consumers will actually notice the benefit.
The company acquired a Facebook team of engineers and physicists to boost its satellite internet venture off the ground. The stealthy acquisition is a much-needed injection of resources and talent as Amazon rushes to enter a market quickly being swallowed up by SpaceX.
The telecom announced it will remove data throttling from its Unlimited Elite plan. AT&T’s move highlights the pressure telecoms are under to stay competitive in the rabid race for 5G supremacy.
The group’s report claims the current 25 Mbps download speed minimum is insufficient to meet rising bandwidth needs. At the same time, much of the country’s population still lacks access to speeds even under the current minimum.
The US’ Big 3 carriers set to combat robocalls: Carriers met the deadline for implementing the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID technology designed to show callers’ true phone numbers.
A federal judge sided with telecoms and temporarily blocked NY’s law requiring a low-cost $15 per month broadband service—a huge blow to NY’s law that could derail other state attempts to regulate broadband pricing.
New Pew data shows that while broadband subscriptions are increasing nationwide, certain demographics are lagging behind. Despite a recent emphasis on expanding rural connectivity, lack of affordable internet remains the number one driver of broadband inequality per the data.
The wireless provider’s partnership with DraftKings represents the latest in a series of new perks intended to entice subscribers away from competitors.
Telecoms vs New York: Organizations representing the US’ major telecoms have challenged a New York state law requiring ISPs to provide affordable broadband. The lawsuit could definitively determine whether states can regulate broadband pricing.
New York State passed a law to make broadband access more affordable for low-income households. The pricing tiers could serve as a model for other states, as well as for ongoing federal efforts to address the digital divide.