Karl Bode

Truth-In-Billing

New Bill Would Stop Internet Service Providers From Screwing You With Hidden Fees

Cable giants routinely advertise one rate then charge you another thanks to hidden fees a well-lobbied government refuses to do anything about.
Karl Bode
2 days ago
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
Zero-rating

Broadband 'Zero Rating' Actually Costs Customers More, Study Finds

ISPs shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose winners on the internet, study suggests.
Karl Bode
2.7.19
Revolving Door

Ex-FCC Commissioner and Net Neutrality Advocate Clyburn Now Lobbying for T-Mobile

The revolving door spins yet again as consumer ally quickly shifts to lobbying for big telecom.
Karl Bode
2.5.19
DirecTV

AT&T’s Mega Mergers Are Going Poorly, And You’re Footing the Bill

Massive merger debt forced company to raise rates, only driving users to cut the cord even faster.
Karl Bode
1.31.19
Gaming

Nintendo Makes It Clear that Piracy Is the Only Way to Preserve Video Game History

By shutting down the Wii Store Channel and not letting users download old games, Nintendo is once again showing that in the modern digital era, you don’t actually own the things you buy.
Karl Bode
Emanuel Maiberg
1.29.19
piracy

Online Piracy Can Be Good for Business, Researchers Find

Ham-fisted attacks on internet pirates may actually be counterproductive, researchers warn.
Karl Bode
1.28.19
FCC

It's Now Clear None of the Supposed Benefits of Killing Net Neutrality Are Real

Network investment is down, layoffs abound, and networks are falling apart. This isn’t the glorious future Ajit Pai promised.
Karl Bode
1.24.19
T-Mobile

Senator Wyden Hammers T-Mobile For Empty Promises on Sale of Cell Phone Location Data

The Senator expressed “disappointment” and “disbelief” at CEO John Legere’s unfulfilled promise to end the sale of geolocation data to “shady middlemen.”
Karl Bode
1.18.19
Frontier

American Phone Companies Are Literally Letting Their Networks Fall Apart

Limited oversight, no competition, and state corruption aren’t a recipe for broadband success.
Karl Bode
1.10.19
privacy

We Could Easily Stop Location Data Scandals, But We Cower to Lobbyists Instead

Your daily habits are collected, sold, and abused by a universe of shady middlemen—and the government couldn’t care less.
Karl Bode
1.10.19
AT&T

AT&T Preps for New Layoffs Despite Billions in Tax Breaks and Regulatory Favors

Internal documents obtained by Motherboard show that the company is preparing for layoffs—megamergers, deregulation, and tax breaks aren’t providing the public benefits AT&T promised.
Karl Bode
1.8.19
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