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Consumer Groups Urge FCC to Investigate Zero-Rating

Having recently won a landmark victory in upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s authority over establishing and enforcing Net Neutrality regulations, it really wouldn’t surprise me if FCC chairman Tom Wheeler was hesitant to continue pushing his luck, particularly when it comes to investigating the popular zero-rating trend. Show More Summary

When Morals Meet Machines: Should Self-Driving Cars Favour Passengers or Pedestrians in a Crash?

In the 2004 dystopian action movie “I, Robot,” the main character (played by Will Smith) harboured a great deal of resentment towards advanced robotic assistants because of their inability to make complex moral decisions. In fact, as you find out through the course of the film, a robot had made a choice to save his […]

Google plans on producing its own smartphone this year

For several years now Google has struggled with its role within the Android ecosystem, always tempted to wade into the waters with its own Google-branded hardware in an effort to compete directly with Apple, while equally always worried such efforts would upset the Android partners it depends on to actually make this crazy open source […]

Broadband Access still a Dream for Many

In today’s world you might think that the last people to be reached by broadband service would be those in remote or rural locations, particularly given the fact that many of us in North American urban centres likely consider broadband access and affordability to an inexorable and ubiquitous part of our very existence. In fact, […]

IoT Won’t Deliver Additional Revenues for the Telecom Industry

For more than a year now telcos and vendors have been championing the Internet of Things (IoT) as the greatest new vertical revenue stream for operators, arguing that the development of 5G network technology will open up a brave new world for ubiquitous, sustained connectivity of our entire digital existence. The sustained connection of ever-proliferating […]

Internet as a Public Utility: A Canadian Case Study

Even as Canadians attempt to sort out their own Net Neutrality regulations, repairing the debacle left by previous federal administrations, there is one Canadian city that is hoping to pave the way forward towards establishing high speed broadband service as a public utility, even if federal regulatory bodies are unwilling to define it as such. […]

Will Google Close the Android Ecosystem?

Over the years the one thing that as set Google’s Android operating system apart from Apple’s own iOS is that Android has always been open-sourced (sort of), available to all to tinker and modify…if they’re willing to live by Google’s rules of course. By contrast, Apple has always controlled its proprietary platform, not allowing anyone […]

Domino’s Abandons T-Mobile Promo Due to Huge Pizza Demand

I’m still now sure how the general public feels about T-Mobile’s recent promotional campaign to give out shares in the company, but the carrier’s accompanying free giveaways are clearly a hit, evidenced by the fact that the Domino’s pizza chain, a partner for the first two weeks of T-Mobile’s promotion, has abandoned it’s participation in […]

The Internet is a Public Utility. So has anything changed?

As we reported last week, a U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s legal authority to implement and enforce Net Neutrality regulations, a landmark victory for the open Internet movement. With it the FCC has had its reclassification of broadband service as a public utility affirmed, and we now officially live in an […]

Getting Practical about Customer Service

In the telecom world (heck, in every service industry) company CEOs love to talk about customer service. Oh my goodness they like talking about it! Nary has a quarterly conference call gone by without some talking head assuring investors that customers come first, that customer service is at the heart of everything they do, and […]

Telecom Industry Promises Net Neutrality Fight is Not Over

Earlier this week a U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial Net Neutrality regulations and as expected it has generated a far amount of commentary on both sides of the fight. On the one hand many proponents of an open Internet see this as a landmark victory in the fight against ISP […]

T-Mobile Tops Customer Satisfaction Survey

While T-Mobile may not have scored the highest marks in a new report from Market Force Information regarding network coverage, for data speeds, or even for most reliable service, its ongoing un-carrier campaign has demonstrated, without a doubt, that none of those things really matter in generating overall customer satisfaction. In fact, in the recent […]

FCC’s Net Neutrality Upheld in Appeals Court Decision

For the first time in history the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial Net Neutrality regulations have withstood an attack, as a panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday voted 2-1 in favour of upholding rules, maintaining the FCC’s legal oversight and regulation of both wired and wireless […]

Steve Jobs Did Not “Invent” the iPhone, the Feds Did, Pelosi claims

Last week House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that the iconic iPhone was not “invented” by Apple’s Steve Jobs, as many might think, but instead was the product of tireless research on the behalf of the Federal government. You heard that right, the Feds made your iPhone…if Pelosi is to be believed of course. “Anybody here […]

A Pointless Toll on Internet Traffic: The Truth about Data Caps

While data caps have long been part of the mobile scene, broadband providers have slowly and subtly been implementing them across the gamut of Internet connections, particularly for wired, home use. On the face of it providers are hoping the same explanation given for capping wireless use will be accepted by wired customers as well, […]

The Voice is Dead, Long Live the Voice!

There is an oft used (and often misunderstood) phrase I came across the other day, “The King is dead, long live the King!” At first glance it seems oxymoronic, wishing one a long life when one is already so clearly dead, but the phrase itself (originally in French) is meant to indicate the seamless transition […]

Cars offer significant growth market for mobile carriers

For the last six months connected car customers, that is, customers who sign on to contracts to activate in-vehicle mobile technology, are the leading growth sector in the wireless industry, accounting for more new customer activations than any other segment. In fact, over Q1 of 2016, 32% of new cellular customers were connected vehicles; meaning […]

AT&T confirms the Blackberry Priv has disappointed everyone

We all knew that a lot hinged on the success of Blackberry’s first Android smartphone, the Priv, unveiled last year amidst moderate hype, and with that in mind, it was nice to see several carriers commit to supporting the latest flagship device from the struggling Waterloo Company. In fact, even when a phone is doing poorly […]

T-Mobile Hopes Stock Ownership will Generate Long Term Customer Loyalty

Over the last several years T-Mobile’s revolutionary UnCarrier marketing campaign has turned the wireless industry on its head, attracting millions of customers to the nation’s third largest carrier in the process. But attracting customers...Show More Summary

Sprint Poaches Verizon Pitchman to Help Educate Consumers on Negligible Network Differences

Just after the turn of the millennia, as the world became more aware of the potential of wireless network technology, one particular phrase seemed to embody our entire mobile awakening. “Can you hear me now?” It was the pitch of Verizon’s enormously effective marketing campaign, which ran from 2002 to 2010, and featured the “Test […]

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