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Mobile, media giants submit record bids as 5G spectrum auction tops $78 billion

Jan 8, 2021
Mid-band frequencies are often described as the Goldilocks range of the spectrum, where 5G signals fly fast and far.
Most media and wireless behemoths — including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Dish Network and Comcast — are betting on 5G to deliver next-generation phones, apps, entertainment and driverless vehicles.
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The days of free, unlimited data may be coming to an end for some internet users

Jul 6, 2020
During the pandemic, some internet providers have been offering service for free and waiving late fees.
During the pandemic, the internet has provided a vital service for people to file for unemployment, or take online classes or order deliveries.
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Speed and range are key variables in the 5G race

Jan 13, 2020
There's a trade off between how fast people can download things … and whether coverage can reach people in remote areas.
A crew for Verizon works on a cell tower to update it to handle the new 5G network in Orem, Utah on December 10, 2019.
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CBS pulls its programming from AT&T households

Jul 22, 2019
What we’re seeing is basically a game of chicken over how much AT&T owes CBS. The question is who’s going to blink first.
The CBS headquarters seen in 2013 in New York City.
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Corporate debt may pose risks if economy goes south

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Apr 24, 2019
AT&T has $169 billion in debt on its balance sheet. That’s high, even for a telecom company, and until it whittles that debt down AT&T won’t be able to focus on priorities like expanding HBO or developing a 5G network. Part of the reason the company wound up with this massive debt — the biggest of […]
The AT&T logo.
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AT& T to resume advertising on YouTube

Jan 21, 2019
AT&T has announced it’s putting ads back on YouTube. A couple of years ago, the telecom giant pulled their ads off the platform because of concerns that its messages were running alongside videos containing hate speech or touting terrorism. AT&T says it’s satisfied that the Google-owned platform has improved screening of video content. So what’s […]

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5G promises an interconnected world, but at what cost?

Dec 18, 2018
Fifth-generation technology is designed to be faster and to connect more devices at once. The hope is that it may spur new ways of communicating person to person, but also between devices, enabling things like autonomous vehicles. AT&T says it is starting its 5G rollout with a dozen cities where it has a strong client […]

Your landline might not be there for you when the power goes out

Dec 5, 2018
Are IP phone lines as reliable as the old tech in emergencies?
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AT&T aims to bring more targeted ads to your TV screen

Sep 28, 2018
"It's absolutely about competing with Google and Facebook," an Ad Age reporter says.
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