AT&T is giving unlimited data to U-Verse customers who purchase connections with 1 Gbps speeds. The company also is increasing its data caps to 1 TB a month for U-Verse customers.
Internet service providers will ask the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reconsider its recent decision approving the FCC's net neutrality rules. The CTIA, AT&T, USTelecom and others are expected to file papers this week.
Verizon, which recently said it will bring its fiber-optic broadband service to Boston, is now is talking about launching FiOS in new cities, CEO Lowell McAdam said during an earnings call. "We will create a single fiber optic platform that is capable of supporting wireless and wireline technologies and multiple products," McAdam reportedly said. "In particular, we believe the fiber deployment will create economic growth for Boston and we are talking to other cities about similar partnerships."
Videos streamed through Netflix will continue to count against Comcast's users' data after Netflix becomes available on Comcast's X1 set-top boxes, the Internet service provider says. "All data that flows over the public Internet (which includes Netflix) counts toward a customer’s monthly data usage," Comcast said recently, according to Ars Technica.
T-Mobile has added ABC, Apple Music, Disney, Dish Anywhere, Fox Now and Nat Geo TV to Binge On -- the aero-ratings service that exempts video streams from users' data allotments. T-Mobile says its customers now stream twice as much video as before Binge On launched, but critics say the offering likely violates net neutrality rules. "Binge On allows some providers to join easily and creates lasting barriers for others, especially small players, non-commercial providers, and start-ups," Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick wrote earlier this year.
Small analog cable companies won't have to comply with proposed set-top box rules that would require cable providers to make programs available to outside device manufacturers, like Google, according to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. The FCC Chairman also says the agency is seeking comment on whether to exempt cable companies that serve less than 1 million customers.
Amazon will now allow Android users to download videos available through Amazon Prime onto SD cards. The move will make it easier for people to watch video on phones and tablets, even when they don't have a broadband connection.
The FCC voted on rules that make it easier for telecoms to do away with copper lines. One result is that people who rely on DSL for broadband may be forced to purchase more expensive wireless broadband service.
Microsoft doesn't have to turn over a user's data that's stored in Ireland, a federal appellate court said today. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 43-page ruling that the federal Stored Communications Act, which allows law enforcement authorities to obtain data held in the U.S., doesn't apply when data is stored abroad.
Google Fiber has launched in the Highland Creek area of Charlotte, North Carolina. "It will take time, but we’re working hard to bring Fiber to as many neighborhoods as possible in Charlotte," the company said in a blog post. "We’ll be opening new neighborhoods for signups as we complete network construction in those areas."