Feds considering criminal charges involving AT&T subsidiary in offshoot of Madigan probe
Federal prosecutors investigating schemes to influence former House Speaker Michael Madigan are considering filing criminal charges against a subsidiary of AT&T involving a 2017 consulting contract.chicagotribune.com
EXPLAINER: Will burglar alarms still work after 3G shutdown?
As telecom companies rev up the newest generation of mobile service, called 5G, they’re shutting down old networks — a costly, years-in-the-works process that’s now prompting calls for a delay because a lot of products out there still rely on the old standard, 3G.
EXPLAINER: Why airlines fear 5G will upend travel this week
The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports.
Dems: Discovery, AT&T merger will hurt diversity, workers
House Democrats are raising concerns that the proposed merger of Discovery and AT&T’s WarnerMedia, a $43 billion effort to conquer the world of streaming, could affect diversity efforts in Hollywood and particularly hurt Latinos, who are already deeply underrepresented.
EXPLAINER: California's net neutrality law springs to life
In response, seven states and Puerto Rico enacted their own net neutrality policies. In response, seven states and Puerto Rico enacted their own net neutrality policies. Nine states have introduced net neutrality bills this session, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Ad___WHAT TELCOS WANTBig telecom companies hate the stricter regulation that comes with the net neutrality rules and have fought them fiercely in court. They say they prefer a national approach to a state-by-state one, but the industry has fought prior federal net neutrality rules.
SEC suing AT&T for telling analysts nonpublic information
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the AT&T logo is positioned above one of its retail stores in New York. The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing AT&T and three of its investor relations executives for telling Wall Street analysts about the telecom giant's sales data before it released quarterly results. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing AT&T and three of its investor relations executives for telling Wall Street analysts about the telecom giant's sales data before it released quarterly results. The early warning helped AT&T avoid having its results fall short of Wall Street expectations, according to the SEC's complaint filed in Manhattan federal court. Dallas-based AT&T said in a statement that it did not tell analysts “material nonpublic information" and that it will fight the lawsuit.
AT&T spinning off DirecTV after losing millions of customers
AT&T is spinning off its DirecTV into a new company at a fraction of the $48.5 billion it paid in 2015. The satellite TV service has lost millions of customers on AT&T's watch. (AP Photo/File)AT&T is spinning off its DirecTV into a new company for a fraction of the $48.5 billion it paid for the satellite TV service in 2015. DirecTV has lost millions of customers on AT&T’s watch, and is valued in the deal at just $16.25 billion, including debt. The new DirecTV company will include AT&T TV, a streaming version of cable TV, and U-verse, AT&T's older cable service.
Report: Companies donated $170M to GOP election objectors
Giving by such trade groups and corporate PACs has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the deadly insurrection by Trump supporters, who stormed the Capitol to stop the vote. Giving by corporate PACs and trade groups to individual candidates is limited to $5,000 per candidate each year, thus making up a small portion of each person's overall cash haul. Boeing said Wednesday that it is “not making political contributions at this time” and will “carefully evaluate” who receives future donations. Meanwhile, 46 of the PACs gave to at least half of the Republican objectors, the report found. Tanglis and other campaign finance experts say the big question about donations is whether companies and trade groups will stick by their pledges.
Nashville bombing spotlights vulnerable voice, data networks
The Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville led to communications outages over hundreds of miles in the southern U.S., raising concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. networks. The blast seriously damaged a key AT&T network facility, an important hub that provides local wireless, internet and video service and connects to regional networks. AT&T customers lost service — phones, internet or video — across large parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. At some hospitals, electronic medical records, internet service or phones stopped working. It's not as if the physical vulnerability of communications networks comes as a surprise.
The Latest: Driver charged after truck stopped in Tennessee
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has said a robot was sent to investigate the truck and no device was found. The company suffered widespread outages in Tennessee and other states after a bomb in a recreational vehicle exploded near one of its facilities in downtown Nashville. Sheriff’s officials said the truck had been playing the audio when it was parked at a convenience store around 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Market in Walter Hill. Sheriff's officials did not specify what the box truck was playing. ___1:15 p.m.Nashville Police say a Tennessee man named Anthony Quinn Warner is under investigation in connection with the Christmas Day bombing that rocked downtown Nashville.
US officials: Suspect in Nashville explosion died in blast
Federal officials now turn to exploring the monumental task of piecing together the motive behind the Christmas Day explosion that severely damaged dozens of buildings and injured three in downtown Nashville, Tenn. While officials have named 63-year-old Warner as the man behind the mysterious explosion in which he was killed, the motive has remained elusive. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man believed to be responsible for the Christmas Day bombing that tore through downtown Nashville blew himself up in the explosion, and appears to have acted alone, federal officials said Sunday. “Nashville is considered safe," said Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake. Officials said their identification of Warner relied on several key pieces of evidence, including DNA found at the explosion site.
FBI at home of possible person of interest in Nashville bomb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Federal agents converged Saturday on the home of a possible person of interest in the explosion that rocked downtown Nashville as investigators scoured hundreds of tips and leads in the blast that damaged dozens of buildings on Christmas morning. Asked whether the AT&T building could have been a possible target, Korneski said, “We’re looking at every possible motive that could be involved." Mayor John Cooper has enforced a curfew in the downtown area until Sunday via executive order to limit public access to the area. “We have two portable cell sites operating in downtown Nashville with numerous additional portable sites being deployed in the Nashville area and in the region.”Ray Neville, president of technology at T-Mobile, said on Twitter that service disruptions affected Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham and Atlanta. The outages had even briefly grounded flights at the Nashville International Airport, but service was continuing normally as of Saturday.
Downtown Nashville explosion knocks communications offline
Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. The blast sent black smoke and flames billowing from the heart of downtown Nashville’s tourist scene, an area packed with honky-tonks, restaurants and shops. Buildings shook and windows shattered streets away from the explosion near a building owned by AT&T that lies one block from the company's office tower, a landmark in downtown. The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights out of Nashville International Airport because of telecommunications issues associated with the explosion. Buck McCoy, who lives near the area, posted videos on Facebook that show water pouring down the ceiling of his home.
Pandemic hurts AT&T in 3rd quarter; wireless unit stable
NEW YORK – The pandemic continued to hit AT&T through the third quarter as closed theaters, wary U.S. moviegoers and the Hollywood shutdown hurt its WarnerMedia movie and TV business. It added 131,000 prepaid phone customers and 645,000 postpaid phone customers, those who pay a regular monthly bill. It lost 590,000 “premium” video customers, which includes DirecTV, in the latest quarter, and also dropped 37,000 customers of its streaming service, AT&T TV Now. The new HBO Max streaming service had 8.6 million activations. AT&T shares rose $1.73, or 6.5%, to $28.44 Thursday, which Goldman Sachs analyst Brett Feldman attributed to improved subscriber trends.
Asian shares, US futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate
Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. “Meanwhile, discussion relevant to the post-election economic outlook was limited, particularly from President Trump." U.S. stock futures shifted from modest losses to less than 0.1% gains in the debate's aftermath. India's Sensex rose 0.3% and shares rose in Southeast Asia. Align Technology, which makes Invisalign teeth straighteners, surged 35% for the biggest gain in the S&P 500 after its earnings report blew past Wall Street’s expectations.
‘We lost a great man,' says friend of AT&T worker, father of 5, killed on the job
Phillip Harley, 37, was one of the two men shot Thursday at the tower off Firestone Road and Morse Avenue. Both victims were found just after 6 a.m. inside a small building at the base of the tower. Their work involves being subcontracted out by network providers, such as AT&T, to upgrade wireless network equipment across the Southeast. And he never imagined it would happen to his best friend, who’s a father of five. AT&T released a statement saying: “This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts go out their family, friends and colleagues.
'Jaws,' 'Black Panther' and more coming back to the drive-in
Jaws, Black Panther and Back to the Future are just a few of the modern popcorn classics coming to the drive-in this summer. Its in Tribecas DNA to bring people together in times of need, said Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and CEO. We dont want to lose going to the movies, Tribeca CCO Paula Weinstein added. Other forms of mass entertainment have been jumping on the drive-in bandwagon too: Live Nation on Monday announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July. The Tribeca Drive-In series is not exclusively for movies either.
Job losses continue, suburbs appealing to homebuyers
Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. Target is also giving out one-time bonuses of $200 to reward workers on the front lines of the coronavirus. TRAVEL: Shares of cruise operators are falling Wednesday as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced it's extending its suspension of global cruise voyages to include all trips embarking between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. The extension applies to all three cruise brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Time on market increased by 25% in rural areas, 30% in suburban areas and 35% in urban areas year-over-year.
FCC calls hours-long T-Mobile service outage 'unacceptable'
NEW YORK The head of the U.S. communications regulator said T-Mobile's nationwide, hours-long outage Monday was unacceptable and that the Federal Communications Commission will investigate. T-Mobile, one of the country's three largest cellphone service providers, said it had a voice and text wireless issue" that began around noon EDT Monday. The company blamed an internet-traffic issue that caused problems with its network for the outage. But calls between their customers and T-Mobile customers could have run into trouble because of T-Mobiles issues, creating the impression of a widespread communications failure. T-Mobile paid a $17.5 million fine for two nationwide service outages on the same day in August 2014, which together lasted three hours and prevented customers from being able to call 911.
Too much TV? Enter HBO Max, the latest streaming wannabe
(Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop via AP)Is a pandemic the perfect time to launch a new and relatively expensive streaming service? The phone company is investing billions in HBO Max, its first big entertainment venture since it spent $85 billion for Time Warner in 2018. HBO Max costs $15, same as the HBO Now streaming service it's supposed to replace, with discounts after the launch limited to some AT&T customers. Disney launched Disney Plus and the sports-focused ESPN Plus and took control of Hulu from an industry joint venture. It's easy to prompt HBO Now users to switch to Max if they signed up directly through HBO, and many big cable companies have agreed to promote HBO Max to their existing HBO customers.
AT&T blames internet issues on damaged cable in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. An internet outage that plagued AT&T customers across Florida on Wednesday was blamed on a cable in Jacksonville damaged by a road construction crew. An AT&T representative told News4Jax Thursday, "Our technicians have been working around the clock to make repairs to cables damaged by a road crew in the Jacksonville area. UPDATE: Our technicians have been working around the clock to make repairs to cables damaged by a road crew in the Jacksonville area. DownDetector.com AT&T outage map (DownDetector.com)The station was told the outage affected about 50,000 customers, but thousands more -- including some News4Jax staff who are AT&T customers -- reported their internet speed was much slower than usual. We have requested more details about the outage as AT&T releases more information.
AT&T to drop misleading '5G' marketing for non-5G networks
AT&T says it will stop advertising its wireless network as 5G Evolution after an industry group determined it was misleading, as it is not, in fact, 5G. Now, a division of the Better Business Bureau that regulates the ad industry has recommended that AT&T stop using 5G Evolution and 5G Evolution, The First Step to 5G claims in its marketing. It's not clear what that means and how much AT&T uses the 5G Evolution branding today in its stores and ads today. "5G Evolution" is on the companys website, and AT&T phones carry a 5G E icon when you connect to the 4G network. AT&T spokeswoman Kate MacKinnon declined to comment on how AT&T uses the 5G Evolution branding today or what would change.
Keeping 'Friends' for itself at HBO Max dings AT&T profit
WarnerMedia's revenue fell 3.3% to $8.92 billion in the fourth quarter, and the profit measure dropped 7% to $2.6 billion. HBO Max is important to AT&T as an increasing number of people cut the cable cord. AT&T, one of the country's largest video providers, has been hemorrhaging video customers. For the year, AT&T lost 4.1 million video customers, ending at 20.3 million. Revenue fell 2.4% to $46.82 billion, short of the Street forecast of $46.9 billion.
BritBox: Britain's answer to Netflix is here
BritBox, a streaming service created by the BBC and ITV, launched in the United Kingdom on Thursday at a price of 5.99 ($7.70) per month. (CNN) - The United Kingdom's answer to Netflix has joined the streaming wars. BritBox, a streaming service created by the BBC and ITV, launched in the United Kingdom on Thursday at a price of 5.99 ($7.70) per month. BritBox will try to stand out from the crowd with UK series such as "Gavin & Stacey" and "Victoria," as well as older series such as "Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Poirot." "BritBox features the biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service, and brand new commissions for British production companies specifically created for BritBox," the companies said in a statement.
AT&T to pay $60M over claims about misleading 'unlimited' data plans
AT&T, which is CNN's parent company, allegedly started throttling, or slowing speeds, for customers with unlimited data plans in 2011, according to the FTC. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission fined AT&T $100 million for similar allegations about misleading "unlimited" plans. The FCC found AT&T subjected unlimited data plan customers to slower speeds after they used more than a certain amount of data per billing cycle. "AT&T promised unlimited data without qualification and failed to deliver on that promise," FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith said in a press release. In July 2014, Verizon faced criticism from the FCC over plans to throttle the connections of unlimited data plan customers.
HBO Max goes 'all in' on its big genre-driven streaming bet
Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for WarnerMedia(CNN) - With spotlights shining on soon-to-debut streaming services from Apple and Disney, WarnerMedia sought Tuesday to offer audiences a reminder: Set aside a few bucks for us. Not surprisingly, Warner Bros. stressed animation and programs like "Sesame Street" as a means of reaching kids a key component of the streaming business. Similarly, HBO Max will pad that portfolio of established fare for young adults via deals to stream "South Park" and "Doctor Who." That's a particularly good way of expressing what is, despite the meticulous planning by all these media companies, a great big gamble. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Sony shutting down PlayStation Vue live TV service
(CNN) - Rising content costs and fewer customers are forcing Sony to eliminate its live TV service. The live TV service was available as an internet-connected app for a number of devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Sony's own PlayStation consoles. Sony launched Vue in 2015 along with a wave of other cord-cutter bundles offering live tv service as customers searched for cheaper alternatives to cable or satellite. For example, Dish Network's Sling, Hulu with live TV, Google's YouTube TV and AT&T's formerly named DirecTV Now (now known as AT&T TV Now) all began within two years of each other. The most popular service with live TV is Sling, with 2.4 million subscribers.
AT&T to launching new streaming service
The launch of a new subscription video streaming service was a keystone in AT&T's $85 billion deal for Time Warner. The launch of a new subscription video streaming service was a keystone in AT&T's $85 billion deal for Time Warner, CNN's parent company. The media company previously had three divisions -- HBO, Warner Bros and Turner -- with relatively little synergy between them. AT&T said Monday that it intends to spend about $2 billion on HBO Max in the next two years. HBO already offers a streaming subscription option for its programming, known as HBO Now.