AT&T $15 Unlimited for School Kids

AT&T will make good money on every schoolkid who signs up for the $15 “unlimited” wireless. The school will pay, saving collection costs. AT%T doesn’t need to offer phone discounts or spend much on acquisition. It requires additional advertising spend. The only apparent gotcha is a modest slowdown for some homes in the (surprisingly few)… Continue reading AT&T $15 Unlimited for School Kids

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Net Neutrality is Coming Back. So What Will That Change?

Bringing back Net Neutrality is a high priority for Biden, which is great. However, it will make little practical difference for the next few years. There have been no abuses of Net Neutrality with a big impact, although AT&T should never have favored HBO in its wireless plans. Legendary AT&T lobbyist Jim Cicconi years ago… Continue reading Net Neutrality is Coming Back. So What Will That Change?

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Goodbye Marilyn Cade

Marilyn Cade was an exceptionally hardworking, always gracious leader in ICANN and IGF. She was a strong supporter of U.S. interests at ITU and a member of the US delegation at the WCIT. Dozens have spoken of her at a memorial site, including Vint Cerf:  “Marilyn was an elemental force in the ICANN, IGF and policy… Continue reading Goodbye Marilyn Cade

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China’s security rules protecting TikTok

Trump isn’t the only one who can use bogus security claims in a trade war. The Chinese have now declared TikTok’s software essential for protecting national security. All governments lie, I.F. Stone taught my generation. Every Chinese schoolchild learns about the “unequal treaties” imposed after the Opium Wars, including the American role. They have resolved… Continue reading China’s security rules protecting TikTok

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Chicago connects 100,000 kids for free, paying $10/month to Comcast

~100,000 kids in Chicago don’t have decent Internet for remote learning, a horror of the Digital Divide. Chicago Connected, working with Comcast and RCN, looks to connect all of them for free for the next 4 years. Comcast is offering a reasonable wholesale price, apparently ~$10, somewhat above the marginal cost of delivering the service.… Continue reading Chicago connects 100,000 kids for free, paying $10/month to Comcast

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Canada raises broadband prices, disincentivizing rural coverage

The Government of Canada just gave Darren Entwhistle of Telus enormous incentive not to serve rural and remote areas. It is raising wholesale prices across the country to enhance “the phone companies’ ability to invest in building high-quality networks, particularly in rural and remote areas.” Entwhistle is one of the sharpest CEOs in telecom. He’d be a fool… Continue reading Canada raises broadband prices, disincentivizing rural coverage

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Alternative facts behind German CDU attack on Huawei

Possible Chancellor acts as if Ericsson and Infineon don’t exist “Norbert Röttgen, CDU politician with aspirations for the party chairmanship and the chancellorship,” writes Achim Sawall says, “European companies were not allowed to roll out 5G in China … Beijing would never even think of opening its 5G network to foreign providers.” China Mobile and China… Continue reading Alternative facts behind German CDU attack on Huawei

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