Netflix Vs. Verizon Vs. Consumer: Who Wins?

shutterstock_147888416 Today’s consumer is streaming more video than ever before. Netflix alone has increased its subscribers by more than 20 million in the past two years, totaling 50 million subscribers as of Q2 2014. It’s no wonder, then, that the increase in video consumption is not without consequences for streaming services and Internet service providers (ISPs). Read More

Verizon Confirms It Will Reconnect Data Plans For Chromebook Pixel Owners

chromebook-pixel You’ve probably been following the news that some owners of the Google Chromebook Pixel who bought a two-year data plan with their devices had been stiffed. According to a number of complaints, users were greeted with a cancelled account screen when they tried to connect via Verizon’s data network and no one was quite certain what was going on. Read More

The FCC Is Investigating The Netflix-Verizon Scrap

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 9.49.13 AM The FCC is investigating the fight between content companies and ISPs, which has seen Netflix warn its customers that Verizon’s network is “crowded” at certain times, Verizon fire back that the fault is Netflix’s, and the content company respond by making a Chris Christie-esque pronouncement that the ISP is closing lanes during rush hour. Read More

House Republican Efforts To Curb FCC Authority Mirror Cable Industry Lobbying

house of representatives A bill introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening by Rep. Bob Latta would “limit” the FCC’s ability to regulate the telecom industry by prohibiting it from classifying broadband as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act.
Latta’s argument against regulating broadband as a public utility is that it would create… Read More

Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition Headed To Verizon Soon

Glam_Galaxy-S5_Black_01 Samsung has a Developer Edition of the Galaxy S5, just as it did for the Galaxy S4 and SIII before it, and as usual it’ll have its unlocked bootloader and come at the full, unsubsidized price of around $650 or so. Thus far, the dev edition S5 is listed as a Verizon device only, in Charcoal black with “coming soon” as the only release date. The Developer edition makes it possible… Read More

U.S. Senator Issues Letter To Top 5 Wireless Carriers Urging Kill Switch Adoption

Amy-KlobucharU.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has today taken up the battle cry of numerous legislators before her, calling for wireless carriers to enable new anti-theft technology on handsets.

According to the Senator, one-third of robberies involve cell phone theft, resulting in an estimated $30 billion in lost or stolen phones.

That said, Klobuchar has written a letter to the heads of the major wireless carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.