big telecom

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
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
big telecom

Verizon Says It Won’t Increase Fees on Education App After All

The telecom company responded to criticism from teachers and parents saying it will waive the new text message fees for this specific use.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.17.19
Verizon

Verizon Is Making It Harder for Teachers to Contact Students Who Don’t Have Smartphones

Verizon’s new fees on app to phone long code messages was designed to counter robotexts, not stop teachers from assigning homework.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.14.19
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
big telecom

Charter and Tribune Are Beefing Over TV Channels Viewers Can Get For Free Over the Air

The cable company and Tribune Broadcasting are at a stalemate over their new contract, leading Tribune to black out channels for Charter subscribers.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.7.19
net neutrality

The New FCC Commissioner Helped the Agency Win a $48 Million Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Geoffrey Starks has been an assistant bureau chief at the FCC’s enforcement bureau since 2015.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.3.19
comcast

Comcast Forced to Refund $700,000 to Customers Over Misleading Fees

A new settlement with Massachusetts explains that Comcast advertised one rate, then charged customers more when the bill actually arrived.
Karl Bode
11.14.18
net neutrality

Researchers Believe Sprint Is Throttling Skype Without Telling Consumers

Sprint denies the claims but the researchers have run nearly 2,000 tests since the beginning of the year.
Karl Bode
11.9.18
2018 elections

Net Neutrality-Opposing, Big Telecom-Backed Marsha Blackburn Wins Senate Seat

Marsha Blackburn successfully made the leap from the House to the Senate, despite the popularity of her Democratic opponent.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.7.18
net neutrality

Supreme Court Judges Have Too Many Conflicts of Interest to Reconsider Net Neutrality

Three justices wanted to reconsider a lower court’s decision on net neutrality, but couldn’t get a majority because two other conservative justices had conflicts of interest and had to recuse themselves.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.5.18
net neutrality

This Map Shows You How Much Money Every Member of Congress Got from Big Telecom

Before you vote, take a look at this interactive map that lets you browse by house representatives or senators and find out all the details on your incumbents.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.2.18
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