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AT&T Enters CenturyLink Market with Competitive AT&T Broadband …

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ATT revealed today that it is trialing a 100 Mbps competitive fixed wireless broadband service to “multiple” apartment complexes in Minneapolis, a CenturyLink market.

The ATT broadband wireless offering is particularly noteworthy in that it is being offered outside the company’s traditional local service territory in competition with other providers for fixed broadband – and according to a press release, the company hopes to expand the offering to other out-of-footprint markets.

The ATT broadband wireless offering initially will support speeds up to 100 Mbps per customer using millimeter wave spectrum in a point-to-point configuration.  But the company said it plans to make faster speeds available – “likely a speed tier of 500 Mbps” – in the trial properties.

Additional out-of-footprint broadband wireless service plans will depend on the success of the Minneapolis trial, ATT said. Other markets under consideration for possible expansion

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Can AT&T Inc. Project AirGig Bring High-Speed Internet to Millions …

ATT (NYSE:T) recently released details regarding its Project AirGig. While technical details are sparse, the crux of this opportunity lies in small, inexpensive radio stations that attach to electrical lines. These devices could allow the company to deliver fast, wireless internet connections to underserved parts of the country, including many rural regions, and also any markets that simply lack competition among broadband providers.

In this episode of Industry Focus: Consumer Goods, Motley Fool analysts Vincent Shen and Daniel Kline dive into the details from ATT, what AirGig could mean for consumers, and the challenges the company will likely encounter before this technology can contribute significantly to its top and bottom lines.

The pair also provide listeners with another update on the latest news coming out of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) (NASDAQ:VIAB), including fresh management changes and continued pain at Paramount.

A full transcript follows the video.

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How Verizon and AT&T Expectations Differ From 2015 to 2019

ATT Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are often compared by investors as the same sort of companies. They both dominate communications in mobile and terrestrial phones and data plans. But after that, there has been a clear difference in how Verizon and ATT are moving their businesses.

Both companies had already gotten into content delivery to compete against cable. ATT then went out and acquired DirecTV and has been expanding in Latin America. Verizon acquired AOL and is in the process of acquiring Yahoo. These are different paths with a common goal: finding the next leg of growth.

It goes without saying that equity analysts and credit ratings analysts often look through entirely differently sets of eyes. 24/7 Wall St. took a look at a credit

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Trump Would Block AT&T-Time Warner Deal in Media Crackdown

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday.
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday. Credit: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

Donald Trump said he would block the proposed ATT Inc.-Time Warner Inc. tie-up if he becomes U.S. president, arguing that such media combinations leave too much power concentrated among too few companies, including ones he says are hostile to his presidential bid and rigging the election for Hillary Clinton.

The Republican commented during a speech in Gettysburg, Penn., on Saturday billed as an unveiling of Trump’s “contract with the voter” but heavy on themes and policies outlined earlier in the campaign. They included building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico

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Dak Prescott becomes No. 1 pick in Mel Kiper’s Big Board redo of 2016 draft class; Zeke in at No. 4

Earlier this week, SportsDay’s Jon Machota was asked a very similar question about re-drafting rookie quarterbacks, and which one would go first…

“I’ll say [Dak Prescott]’s second behind [Carson] Wentz, for now,” Machota said. “Like several teams, the Cowboys had Wentz No. 1 on their board. Prescott’s numbers are better but he also has more to work with. It would be close, but I think most teams would go Wentz No. 1 and Dak No. 2.”

It’s tough to argue with Jon Machota, but one of the football minds that is most synonymous with the NFL draft disagrees.

ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper’s latest Big Board for the past draft class has moved Prescott ahead of Wentz for the No. 1 overall ranking.

Kiper on Prescott: “How can Prescott not move up to No. 1? The fourth-round pick is No. 2 in the league in Total QBR, he just set the record for passes

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FCC lowers clearing cost for 600MHz auction to $54.6 billion

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After the first stage of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction finished back in June at a cost of $86.4 billion, the FCC has now ended the second stage with a lower price.

This week, the FCC finished the second round of its 600MHz auction with a clearing cost of $54.6 million for 114MHz of spectrum, which is considerably less than the original cost of $86.4 billion for 126MHz. The bidders in the auction have to meet this price in order for the auction to move forward.

Now that this second stage

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Horror Stories From the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Flight Ban

On Saturday the federal flight ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones went into effect in the United States. We asked our readers how this was working out around the globe and from the replies we’ve received, it’s safe to say that, so far, this sucks.

The Transportation Department’s decision to ban the Note 7 from all flights came just days after Samsung announced that it was killing the phone for good. That short window left little time for the manufacturer, wireless carriers, and airlines to present a plan for consumers—and it’s unclear if anyone even has one. So far, it seems that Samsung wants you to return the phone in this fireproof box, airlines say to leave it the fuck at home, and according to one

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The last Time Warner deal was the worst deal in history. What is AT&T thinking?

More than 16 years ago, AOL bought Time Warner for $160 billion, in a deal that is now commonly cited as the worst merger in history.

Now ATT wants to buy Time Warner.

What the hell is it thinking?

The Wall Street Journal thinks the deal could close within days, so we may hear a rationale from ATT CEO Randall Stephenson shortly. In the meantime, here are some educated guesses about why he thinks the deal is worth doing:

  • ATT doesn’t want to be a dumb pipe — or at least, not just a dumb pipe. This one’s as basic as it gets. ATT already owns tens of millions of Internet connections, via its wireless business and its much smaller U-verse broadband business. That’s a pretty good business to own, since most U.S. customers only have a handful of wireless choices, and little to no choice when

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AT&T bumps its unlimited data throttling limit up to 22GB

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ATT has today announced a slight revision to the way that it handles data throttling for customers still on one of its unlimited data plans. Don’t plan your switch just yet though, the change is actually really beneficial to customers.

Rather than the old 5GB limit before throttling would take place in congested areas, ATT has increased the limited to 22GB, giving customers four times the monthly amount of high speed data. This limit applies in each billing period. Should anyone surpass the new 22GB limit, their connection will only be throttled down to lower speeds in congested areas, such as larger cities.

“We recently revised our practices such that Unlimited Data Plan smartphone customers can now use 22GB of high-speed data during a billing period before becoming subject to network management practices that might result

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AT&T: Google is an evil empire that must be stopped

Following up on the Federal Communications Commission’s continuing investigation into the legality and regulatory positioning of Google Voice, telecommunications giant ATT addressed the FCC with a document entitled, “The Truth About Google Voice and the Open Internet Principles.” (PDF available here, hosted by the Washington Post.) It reads quite like any other publication with a title like “The Truth About…” complete with all the shock and vitriol of a propaganda pamphlet.

ATT claims that Google needs to stop blocking certain outbound Google Voice calls. Google claims that it blocks certain connections which are too expensive for a free service to connect to; and furthermore, as an Internet-based service, the issue is out of the FCC’s jurisdiction anyway.

ATT’s problem with Google Voice is that it, as well as the other national telephone companies, cannot block these access numbers, and have to pay the high fees that Google Voice has been

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