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Friday Morning Links - - Fri, 16 Aug 2019

Apple will soon treat online web tracking the same as a security vulnerability
Cord-cutting set to spike as broadband users drop bundles
Is the Worst Over for US Pay-TV?
Will Charter Integrate Disney+ into Spectrum TV?
CBS All Access and Pluto TV to Be Complementary in New ViacomCBS Alignment
T-Mobile again wins a gold star from JD Power for its customer service
T-Mobile-Sprint and states looking to block the merger are "miles apart" after preliminary talks
CRTC lowers wholesale broadband rates, makes it cheaper for small internet companies to purchase broadband from big telcos in order to boost competition among providers
As Trump's FCC Chair tries to ram through Sprint/T-Mobile merger, expert says claims it will benefit consumers are 'approximately 0% true': "The deal will result in higher prices for all consumers, and worse phone service - especially for rural Americans."
How one broken cable caused a 20hr communications blackout affecting mobile phones, internet across Australia's north
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Thursday Morning Links - - Thu, 15 Aug 2019

5G startup launches 300 Mbps broadband for $49
Comcast Is Gouging People Who Watch Too Much Netflix
AT&T and T-Mobile have started rolling out cross-network call authentication services to protect against spam and spoofed robocalls
Charter and Disney Exploring a Disney+ OTT Streaming Bundle Distribution Deal
Pai Affirms T-Mobile-Sprint Merger; Cites 5G Value - Deal still faces scrutiny in 16 States; no FCC timetable set
Verizon creams Sprint in battle of 5G dataspeeds
T-Mobile Signals That Cheaper 5G Phones Are Coming
Broadband is too important for this many in the US to be disconnected
What s the economic impact of blocking Huawei in the US?
Can Major Internet Sites Create Successful Paid Services?
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Wednesday Morning Links - - Wed, 14 Aug 2019

CenturyLink, FCC reach settlement over 'cramming' fees on phone bills
Netflix s biggest bingers get hit with higher internet costs
Pete Buttigieg rolls out $80 billion plan to improve rural broadband
US Broadband Sub Gains Slow to 370K in Q2 2019
Verizon sues Rochester, NY to avoid paying fees the city levied over its 5G deployments, uses the FCC's controversial order limiting such fees to argue its case
Nokia Delays Sprint's 5G Rollout
CBS and Viacom to Combine
AT&T kicks off rebranding of DirecTV Now service to AT&T TV Now
Key driver for 10 Gbps broadband service will be a desire for instant gratification,
Spotify is discussing a plan with Apple to finally let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists, albums with voice commands, as anti-trust battle looms
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Tuesday Morning Links - - Tue, 13 Aug 2019

Frontier network outages get worse in NY, triggering state investigation
The Trump administration drafted an executive order to censor the internet
FCC OKs Another $121M For Rural Broadband
French regulators approve a plan by the country's heavyweight broadcasters to launch Salto, a joint streaming service expected in Q1 2020, to battle Netflix
Top US Pay-TV Providers Dump Record 1.53M Subs in Q2
CBS, Viacom Near Merger Price as Talks Continue
T-Mobile, Sprint lawsuit gains momentum
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies
Verizon Admits Your 5G Service Might Be More Like Good 4G
Verizon sells Tumblr to WordPress owner Automattic Inc
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Monday Morning Links - - Mon, 12 Aug 2019

Google Fiber will bring wireless gigabit internet to Austin
Comcast Internet Essentials Broadband Now Offered to Almost 7M Low-Income Households
U.S. Cellular's CTO gives a few more details about the operator's 5G plans ahead of the provider's 2020 launch
FCC: 5G is safe, does not cause health concerns like cancer, nor do transmissions in millimeter-wave spectrum
Microsoft brands Rural Divide 'National Crisis' as it pitches its Airband as solution
Cable One Margins Approach 50% as Residential Broadband Revenue Soars
AT&T TV NOW & DIRECTV NOW Are Still Blacking Out Many Local CBS Stations
Comcast Wireless Joins Verizon In Charging You More For HD Video
Verizon is charging a rural library $880 for accidentally using 440MB of data in Canada
India s top telco to offer free 4K TVs with its upcoming broadband service
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The Top Reasons Why UK Consumers Stay with their Broadband ISP - Sat, 17 Aug 2019

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A new survey of 1,000 broadband customers, conducted by Which?, has revealed that 40% had been with the same ISP for 10 years and only 15% had been with their provider for less than 2 years (likely to reflect recent switchers). The reasons for this tended to vary between users of BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk […]

Calls for Action to Tackle “Chronic” Rural Broadband and Mobile Problems - Fri, 16 Aug 2019

A new report from lesser known UK think tank Parliament Street has warned how a historic “lack of investment” and “chronic connectivity” problems mean that too many rural areas are still being “challenged” by issues such as “slow broadband, less bandwidth, and problematic mobile and TV reception,” among other things. At present around 96% of […]

ISP BT Launches New 9 Month Broadband Plans for UK Students - Fri, 16 Aug 2019

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BT‘s consumer division has today announced the start of their annual student broadband deals ahead of the new term, which as per usual feature shorter 9 month contract terms as an option alongside the usual 12 month ones. Sadly they only seem to be offering this on their slower 50Mbps and 67Mbps (FTTC) plans. Prices […]

7 tax scams to watch out for this year - Sun, 07 Apr 2019

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur - Thu, 02 Nov 2017

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurThe daughter's name is Nicarri.

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls - Wed, 13 Jan 2016

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

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