big telecom

Wireless

American Cell Phone Carriers Are Terrible and 5G Isn't Magically Going to Save Us

The US lost the race to fast, affordable 4G. The wireless industry now wants the public to believe that 5G will be a silver bullet.
Karl Bode
6.5.19
FCC

American ISPs Are Better Than Ever, FCC Proclaims in Study Based on Flawed Data

Ajit Pai's FCC says more Americans than ever have access to fast internet connections, but critics say the study is "fundamentally at odds with reality."
Karl Bode
5.30.19
big tech

FCC Ignores History, Plans to Rubber Stamp T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Experts say reducing the number of major wireless competitors will make phone plans more expensive for everyone.
Karl Bode
5.20.19
big telecom

The FCC Flubbed the Puerto Rico Hurricane Response and Won't Answer Questions About it

"The FCC has yet to conduct a vigorous investigation into the failure of the islands’ communications infrastructure, which was a major factor in the death toll."
Karl Bode
5.15.19
big telecom

In Letters To Senate, Wireless Carriers Downplay Their Latest Location Data Scandal

Carriers insist location data scams are rare and they do their best to police them. Government investigators may want to confirm that claim.
Karl Bode
4.18.19
big telecom

The Unpopular Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Looks Increasingly Doomed

Regulators aren’t sold on the companies’ claims that fewer competitors means more competition and lower prices.
Karl Bode
4.17.19
net neutrality

House Votes to Save Net Neutrality

The "Save the Internet Act" still faces long odds: It needs to get through a Republican-controlled Senate where it's been called 'dead on arrival,' and survive a veto threat from President Trump.
Karl Bode
4.10.19
5G

5G May Never Live up to the Hype

5G will provide faster speeds to urban users, but cost and widespread availability could remain stumbling blocks for many years to come.
Karl Bode
4.8.19
Right to Repair

A Cell Phone Carrier Breaks With Big Telecom, Announces Support for Right to Repair Legislation

Cell phone providers have actively lobbied against right to repair legislation, but Ting Mobile announced that it supports consumers' right to fix the things they own.
Matthew Gault
4.1.19
net neutrality

Bill That Would Restore Net Neutrality Moves Forward Despite Telecom’s Best Efforts to Kill it

Last minute attempts to weaken the proposal failed as bill now moves toward a showdown in the House and Senate.
Karl Bode
3.26.19
Broadband

No One Trusts Big Telecom to Build a Better Broadband Access Map

After years of opposing measures that would make broadband availability maps better, a telecom trade group says it is "leading the charge" on creating a better map.
Karl Bode
3.25.19
privacy

What A-GPS Data Is (and Why Wireless Carriers Most Definitely Shouldn’t Be Selling It)

A Motherboard investigation found that telecom companies are selling their customers' "assisted GPS" data, which is intended for first responders answering 911 calls.
Karl Bode
2.7.19
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