Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed
I live in an area that has a Time Warner Cable/AT&T duopoly. The fastest speed TWC offers is 50Mb for $100/month. AT&T offers 24Mb, if you're lucky (i.e. live next to one of their VRADs and have clean copper). AT&T saying they can offer 1Gb is laughable.
AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.
I use Straight Talk, which is part of Tracfone, who is owned by America Movil (their owner Carlos Slim is the richest person in the world). I bought their AT&T SIM, popped it into my iPhone 4S, set up the data APN and I was using AT&T's network without dealing with AT&T's customer service, bills or contracts.
I pay $45 a month, which gets me unlimited talk, text and data (some people say their data is capped at 2GB, but I haven't had a problem). It's cheaper if you buy it 3, 6 or 12 months at time.
If you own your phone outright, prepaid is the way to go.
Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone
Not to mention the enormous subsidies that the carriers pay Apple to get the iPhone and that Apple gets a cut of the monthly subscription charge. It's a double-edged sword. Verizon gets more customers, but they pay through the nose if the customer chooses an iPhone. Also, Verizon had to bulk up their EVDO coverage, which cost millions if not billions, for the iPhone as they saw what happened to AT&T when the iPhone was released.
Sprint CEO Defends Company's Decision To Bet It All On the iPhone
I recently canceled Sprint and paid the ETF to do so. That's after having Sprint for nearly 10 years. I got an iPhone 4S with Straight Talk ( MVNO that uses AT&T's network). Why? Because I wanted a data service that works. With Sprint, I was frequently on 1X. Even when I was on 3G, the speeds were crap.
Sprint bit off more than they can chew with the iPhone. WiMax was a bust. Nextel customers are leaving in droves and their Network Vision plan may well be the final nail in the coffin.
T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies
Here in the states, both Virgin Mobile and Straight Talk have unlimited data included in their plans.
T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies
Buy a prepaid phone. The up front cost of the phone is more expensive, but the service plans are cheaper. Also, no contract. There are even decent Android phone available on prepaid providers, for example, the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile or LG Optimus Q on Straight Talk.
NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law
I consider Internet access a utility like electricity or water service. If a community doesn't have broadband Internet access, they will be left behind. They will be unable to fully participate in society. If a private utility is unwilling or unable to provide a community with broadband Internet, the community should have to right to step up and do it themselves. If that scares the private utilities, good. It should. If a private utility wants to get and keep customers in an area where there is community broadband, then provide value for money and don't treat customers as cash machines.
If you look at communities where there is competition for broadband Internet access, prices go down and speeds go up. Look at Verizon FiOS vs. Comcast or Time Warner vs. AT&T U-Verse. When a utility knows they have a monopoly, they have no incentive to upgrade infrastructure and will just sit back and milk the consumers, because they can.
I can currently get 6Mb DSL for $40 or 10Mb Cable for $54.95. I chose DSL because it is less expensive. Some people don't have that choice or even an option for broadband. What are they supposed to do?
How the Free Market Rocked the Grid
The blame for California's energy "crisis" in 2000 lies with one company - Enron. There are recorded conversations between Enron and the power plants where Enron asks the power plants to shut down for "maintenance" to reduce supply, thus driving up the price. Enron traders were recorded laughing at California's misery and mocking them for having to pay high prices. Once price caps were instituted, the energy "crisis" ended.
California's deregulation was a joke to Enron who made billions at the expense of California residents.
Watch "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room".
Long Island Town Enacts Tough Cell Tower Limits
Did the local cable or phone company propose this bill?
"When you have no other choice in broadband or telephone service, you'll pay what we say."
Bluetooth 4.0 Spec Adopted
I'm using a stereo Bluetooth headset while on my laptop using 802.11g. I'm hearing the music clear as a bell and my internet surfing is going unimpeded.
HotelChatter's Annual Hotel Wi-Fi Report 2010
I recently stayed in a Marriott that charged $12.95 a day (noon-to-noon) for Internet and long distance calling. I took my Pre, fired up Mobile Hotspot and went 'FU' to the hotel.
In these days of free ubiquitous Internet, it is offensive that any place charges for Internet access, whether it be wired or wireless.
State Employee Skips Work On Friday For 17 Years
Hal was charged with embezzlement for allegedly bilking his company out of millions and placed under house arrest. Hal casually mentions to Malcolm that he has played hooky from work on Fridays for years. The evidence presented in court against him was that all the events occurred on Fridays. Once Malcolm realizes this, he has his father find all of his pictures and tickets of him playing hooky, which were time stamped on the Fridays that the embezzlement took place, thus showing that there was no way Hal could have been embezzling money.
Of course, Lois was furious that he had been skipping work on Fridays and now since he had admitted to skipping work, had lost his job.
Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina
I seem to remember from school that a historically significant event happened in South Carolina that started a war....oh, right. The Battle of Fort Sumter which started the American Civil War.
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