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07 Jun

Comcast® Signs Employer Support Of The Guard And Reserve (ESGR) Statement Of Support

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Reports from several reliable sources claim that the officials of Comcast Corporation® from the Freedom Region that serves northern Delaware, Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey recently signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support. The officials from the telecom company also hinted that Comcast® is currently making efforts to support and hire members from the National Guard and Reserve components.

In addition to that, a Military Hiring Fair and networking event was also organized by the telecom company to explore career opportunities at the company for the local Military community members. The NJ facility of the telecom giant, Comcast® Voorhees hosted both the events.

The U.S. Department of Defense program, ESGR promotes and develops supportive work environment for the service members by organizing programs to raise public awareness and to educate employers. The event featured remarks by Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, New Jersey Adj. Gen. Jim Samaha, Comcast® Freedom Region Senior Vice President, Will Baas, Comcast® Vice President of Talent Acquisition for the Northeast Division, and a few more people.

The Senior Leadership Team members of Comcast Corporation®, New Jersey senior military officers, Comcast® veteran employees, VETNET Employee Resource Group, and Veteran Affairs team were a few among the 100 attendees of the ceremony that featured a presentation of colors by the Sterling High School Color Guard, Jr. ROTC Navy Knights.

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Comcast’s Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs, Carol Eggert said, “Comcast NBCUniversal has a long tradition of hiring and supporting veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. Our company founder, Ralph Roberts, was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, and many of our current executive leaders, including CEO Neil Smit, also served in the military. We are proud to have thousands of members of the Military Community working across the country in all levels of the organization.”

One of the leading internet providers in the country, Comcast Corporation® had earlier announced a commitment for hiring 10,000 reservists, military spouses, and veterans through 2017. Reports indicate that Comcast® might fulfill the commitment very shortly.

Comcast® is the fastest internet provider in several parts of the country. So, if you are planning to get an internet subscription, make sure to compare the internet plans of Comcast® to acquire a better or cheap internet deal.

05 Jun

Comcast® Begins Gigabit Internet Service In Houston

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Comcast Corporation®, the fastest internet provider in the US, has recently started offering ultra high-speed gigabit internet service in Houston area and other cities. The move comes amidst of the increasing competition among other major internet providers in offering high-speed internet connectivity to all the regions of the country.

The company is using its latest residential service that provides lightning fast service up to 1 gigabit per second speeds through the DOCSIS 3.1 technology. Moreover, this high-speed internet connectivity is also owed to the already existing networking infrastructure deployed by Comcast® across the whole of the country.

For accessing this service, the residents in Houston and other major cities require the use of the latest cable modem that comes with DOCSIS 3.1 compatibility. This will be levied a fee of $159.99 exclusive of the contract. In addition, Comcast® has proclaimed that the service is made available in other cities that include Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Colorado, Portland, and Kansas City.

In the Houston region, the high-speed internet service is initially made available to the business customers. The company declared that is in the last phases of expanding the service to residential customers.

Comcast® is also testing a promotional pricing of $109.99 per month. For the existing Xfinity® customers, an additional $50 or $70 per month must be paid for adding the 1-gigabit service to their current subscription bundle. In a press release, Ralph Martinez, senior vice president of Comcast’s Houston region, said, “We realize technological innovations are occurring rapidly, and our customers need the speed to make the most of them.”

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The new service utilizes the latest networking technologies unlike the previous internet offering by the company and is transmitted through cables. With this new service, Comcast® has entered into the highly competitive market of internet providers across the country. In 2015, Comcast® launched its fiber connections to residential customers in The Groves, a master-planned community in the area. The company also expects to expand this fiber service into another newly planned community, Balmoral by Land Tejas Cos.

Besides Comcast®, AT&T® is the other major internet provider that is engaged in strict competition for claiming the internet connectivity business in the Houston region. In 2015, AT&T® launched its 1 Gbps internet offering in the area, and gradually expanded the connectivity among major suburbs. With the latest offering by Comcast®, users get to choose who the fastest internet provider in Houston is.

29 May

Comcast® Threatens To Take Legal Action Against Proponents Of Net Neutrality

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Proponents of open and cheap internet who are fighting the rollback of net neutrality protections by the Trump Administration recently said that one of the best internet providers in the US, Comcast® is threatening to take legal action claiming that the website named Comcastroturf is infringing their trademark.

The website Comcastroturf is offering a tool for public to find if their names and details are among those stolen by the different anti net neutrality bots. The stolen details were used to share comments in support of the plan of FCC to revert Title II protections, as per which, their internet services are classified as public utility.

The cease and desist order which was issued previous week claimed that the domain name Comcastroturf is “confusingly similar to the [Comcast trademark] because it sounds the same, looks the same, and is spelled similarly to Comcast.” The letter, which was signed by a cyber threat analyst at LookingGlass Cyber Security Center, asked the owner of the domain, Fight for the Future, to “take all steps necessary to see that the domain name is assigned to Comcast.” The letter further said that if the order is not immediately complied with, then the cable giant will “pursue its claims for damages.”

“This is exactly why we need Title II net neutrality protections that ban blocking, throttling, and censorship,” said Evan Greer, who is the campaign director of Fight for the Future. He said that if the FCC Chairman’s plan “is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies.”

“It also makes you wonder what Comcast is so afraid of? Are their lobbying dollars funding the astroturfing effort flooding the FCC with fake comments that we are encouraging Internet users to investigate?” Greer asked. The fake comment scandals, together with the failure of FCC to process the comments that are in favor of net neutrality, lead to much criticism and raised concerns on the influence of the telecom behemoths on FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai.

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Lee Fang and Nick Surgey of The Intercept recently reported that an internal email message from the GOP leadership instructs the House Republicans on the best ways to defend the decision of FCC. They claimed that the email contained a “nifty toolkit,” as per the word of the sender, which the reporters claim to have come “directly from the cable industry.”

“The metadata of the document shows it was created by Kerry Landon, the assistant director of industry grassroots at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, a trade group that lobbies on behalf of Comcast, Cox Communications, Charter, and other cable industry companies,” Fang and Surgey reported. “The document was shared with House Republican leaders via ‘Broadband for America,’ a nonprofit largely funded by the NCTA.”

26 May

AT&T® Completes Nationwide Deployment Of Its LTE-M IoT Network

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AT&T® officials recently announced that they have completed the deployment of their nationwide LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network. The company, which is one of the major internet providers in the country, has declared that the works done for installing the network nationwide are completed ahead of schedule. The deployment of 4G LTE-M IoT network represents the carrier’s milestone growth in the introduction of advanced wireless connectivity for customers across the nation. Moreover, it will also pave the way for the future development of next generation 5G wireless cellular technology and deployment of IoT on a much wider scale than was previously possible.

AT&T’s 4G LTE-M network comes with the latest features and comes integrated with standardized 3GPP technology. This utilizes licensed spectrum that enables good reliability, carrier-grade security, and cheap internet connectivity. Previously, the company announced the introduction of LTE-M IoT networks before the stipulated schedule, which comes ahead of numerous successful trials using a pilot network in California as well as subsequent testing in Columbus, Ohio. Moreover, AT&T® has laid out elaborate plans for expanding the footprint of its LTE-M IoT networks across the entire regions of North America.

With the introduction of LTE-M IoT networks, customers are conferred with a range of benefits and access to more services. This includes improved coverage for the IoT devices, extended battery life, as well as the reduction in the size of the modules. In addition, AT&T® has also released a new set of rate plans for the LTE-M network services. The plans start with a lower rate of $1.50 per month per device along with extra discounts for yearly and multi-annual contracts.

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The networking modules of LTE-M are offered at a price of about $7.50 including a SIM card and they are available from AT&T’s suppliers. Furthermore, the currently functioning IoT networks available to the users will also undergo major upgrades according to the company. A firmware update process will also be initiated that will eventually upgrade the M14A2A IoT modules to LTE-M.

The latest LTE-M IoT network is specifically designed for large-scale uses like asset tracking, smart metering, smart city services, supply chain management, etc. Chris Penrose, President of IoT Solutions at AT&T® said, “Our nationwide LTE-M deployment is another example of AT&T’s continued investment and leadership in IoT. We can now reach new places and connect new things at a price that’s more affordable than ever before. Our LTE-M starter kit will also spur developers to open the doors to IoT innovation.”

22 May

Comcast® Begins Enrollment For Xfinity Internet

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Xfinity Internet Enrollment

Comcast Corporation®, one of the major internet providers in the country, has begun the enrollment for its Xfinity Internet customers. This new announcement comes after the company has launched its Xfinity Mobile service last month. In this, the data options consist of an unlimited offer according to a per-gigabyte plan. Comcast® is also offering an unlimited data plan that provides unlimited data, talk time, and text for just $45. This will be available for speeds about 1.5 Mbps for downloads and 750 Kbps for uploads with a 20 GB usage cap in a billing period.

After the end of the promotional period, the rate of this plan’s will increase to $65 per month. However, customers that have initially signed up for the $45 monthly rate would be provided with connectivity at the same rate for a period of two years. Yet again, the maintaining of this starting rate is subjected to the users keeping up their accounts and the Xfinity Internet subscription.

There are other plans offered by Comcast® as well, which are suited for customers who do not require unlimited data offers. The “By the Gig” offer by Comcast® is available for customers at a rate of $12 per GB consumed. Moreover, customers can also share this data across all the lines of their account while also allowing them to use the Xfinity Mobile app for monitoring their data usage.

For accessing the wireless cheap internet service, customers must have an Xfinity Internet account with them. It also allows customers who wish to cancel their internet service to have access to the wireless service for extra fees. One of the bonuses of the service is the $10 per month access fee that is added to the accounts of unlimited and “By the Gig” customers.

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For accessing the new features, customers have to resort to the newer model of phones. The “Bring Your Own Device” option is not yet established by Comcast® and is only offering through newer smartphone models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 and Apple’s iPhone 6s, 7, and SE. Comcast’s latest launch of their mobile services comes ahead of the new partnership announced with Charter.

However, the unlimited plan offered by Comcast® is much cheaper when compared to the unlimited offering from Verizon that is priced at $80 per month. Verizon is the main backup offering for LTE coverage for Xfinity Mobile’s hybrid Wi-Fi and cellular service.

18 May

AT&T And DirecTV Might Have Overcharged Subscribers

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Complaints On Overcharging

It is truly frustrating when you are promised a rate by internet providers and charged another. When this happens to many users of the same service provider, it can be a leading to a systematic problem within the provider. A latest report now claims that many AT&T and DirecTV users have been complaining about this for years.

CBS News found that more than 4,000 complaints have been registered against DirecTV and AT&T in the previous two years regarding promotional pricing, deals, and overcharges. CBS News highlights the experience of two subscribers, where the first one signed up for a $99.99 promotional offer and got a bill for almost twice the amount. The other user, a Florida-based woman, said, “I keep getting bills for $79.49 and my contract says I was only going to pay $24.99 for two years.”

An AT&T customer representative replied, “There’s some specials on discounts that I’m thinking was actually being removed in error. Your bills are no longer combined. It wasn’t done on our end — it was done on your end.” Another representative said, “The pricing you were getting was because you were a new customer with the services, now you are an existing customer.”

The customer pointed out that she had signed up for a two-year agreement and that the rate change came before the expiry of the two-year agreement. It is not clear in both of the cases how much of the increase in the bill amount was due to an increase in the base rate of the package and how much was the change in add-on charges and fees.

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AT&T and DirecTV have agreed that the pricing process might have had an error and they promised to credit the difference to the affected customers. AT&T has made its own place as the fastest internet provider in the country and has gained about 150 million subscribers in the last two years.

“In my experience, when a large company has a lot of consumers coming forward and saying we feel like we were bait and switched. We were promised one thing and then we got something else. The company knows about it,” consumer advocate and attorney Paul Bland explained. “So it turns out to be a license to steal.”

18 May

AT&T CEO Speaks About Social Concerns

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Usually, the CEOs of the Fortune 500 businesses do not make any political or cultural statements, but the Chairman and CEO of AT&T, one of the best internet providers in the US, is different. Randall Stephenson turned many heads last year when he urged his employees to take part in conversations about race to understand each other in a better way as human beings. The 12-minute speech of Stephenson went viral as an AT&T employee uploaded the same to YouTube.

Stephenson was recently honored by the UJA-Federation with their Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award for those words and the many other actions that AT&T has taken to make a social connection with its employees. The award ceremony that was conducted at Cipriani 25 Broadway brought in about 2.5 million dollars for the many charitable activities of the organization.

The presence of many media CEOs was the proof and testament that AT&T is growing in prominence as the best internet service in the telecom industry, as they are awaiting approval for the 85.4 billion dollars merger with Time Warner. Conan O’Brien was the host of the ceremony, and it included a four-song set by the Zac Brown Band.

Peter Chernin, whose business has a joint venture with the AT&T, said that Stephenson is “one of the most caring, honest and decent men I have ever met.” He also said, taking into consideration the gentle background of Stephenson, that “not since Menachem Begin shook hands with Anwar Sadat have Jews reached so far into a different culture to embrace the greater good.”

In a 20-minute question and answer session with the Time Warner chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes, Stephenson explained his statement that “tolerance is for cowards.” He made the statement because of the incidents of racially charged police shootings. “I’m not suggesting we have fixed racial tension,” Stephenson said. “But within our circle at AT&T it is wide open — and not just about race. There are folks in the LGBT community, Latino groups — we’re having those conversations and it’s amazing what’s been transpiring.” Stephenson also spoke about broader social concerns and explained on “what’s good for AT&T is good for America.”

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“What is in the interest of AT&T is a good, healthy, prosperous, growing economy. What a company like AT&T really needs is a good, prosperous, growing middle class,” Stephenson said. “What are the things that are fundamental for having that kind of environment? It starts with things like a good, civil, peaceful environment (and) the rule of law. When you think about racial tension, it’s hard for people to feel secure and wanting to engage in commerce when they’re very insecure about things such as race and racial tension. Those are issues that I think we CEOs should speak out about. If there are remedies, things that can make them better, we ought to press for those things.”

17 May

Verizon Beats AT&T In The Bidding War For Straight Path Communications

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AT&T – Verizon Bidding War

One of the fastest internet providers in the US, AT&T, had earlier announced their plans to buy Straight Path Communications (SPC) in a proposed $1.6 billion deal. However, reports from several reliable sources indicate that AT&T has recently decided to pull out of the deal after SPC accepted the $3.1 billion counteroffer by Verizon.

AT&T had earlier signed a similar agreement in the month of January for acquiring the spectrum assets of FiberTower. The proposed purchase of SPC by AT&T was to bolster the long-term ambition of the telecom giant, which was to offer 5G network services to their customers with the help of highly coveted millimeter wave channels in spectrum bands above the frequency of 24 GHZ.

FiberTower offers backhaul service to wireless carriers in the country through their stable of millimeter wave licenses in the frequency range of 24 MHz and 39 GHz bands. The millimeter wave spectrum assets of SPC represent approximately 95% of the commercially available 39 GHz spectrum capacity in the entire nation.

The agreement between AT&T and SPC contained a provision, which allowed the telecom company to pull out of the deal if SPC received a “superior offer.” Just a few days after the announcement of AT&T-SPC deal, the officials from Straight Path Communications admitted that a “multi-national telecommunications company” has submitted a counteroffer, but they refused to reveal the name of the bidder.

AT&T went on to revise their previous offer within a five-day window, but the third-party bidder once again responded with an improved offer, which initially raised the proposed price to $2.3 billion and then finally to $3.1 billion.

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The officials from SPC recently issued an official statement, in which they confirmed that the third party bidder was Verizon. The press release from the company also added that their board of directors had “determined, in good faith, after consultation with its financial advisors and outside legal advisors, that the transaction with Verizon constituted a superior proposal under the AT&T merger agreement.”

The telecom giant, AT&T then notified SPC that they have decided “not to make any new bids or proposals or to propose any amendments to the AT&T merger agreement.” AT&T has been trying to lure in more customers to their internet service by offering a few attractive packages to their customers, and the proposed deal was an initiative to offer the best internet deal all around the country.

17 May

Hillsdale City Council Approves Site Plan For An AT&T Tower

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In a recent unanimous voting, the Hillsdale City Council approved a site plan for a new AT&T tower at the Fayette Street, even though the Planning Commission of the city and public shared mixed feelings about the decision. City Manager David Mackie said, “We have received letters of support and opposition to this.”

John Debacker, who serves the zoning board of appeals of the city, was the first person to speak about this issue. “I’m concerned with the location of the tower along the bike path and river,” he said. “It’s a bit of an eyesore.” On a similar note, a local resident said, “We live in a dead-zone. Speaking on eyesores, we have rail cars with graffiti in the immediate area. I don’t see where there would be an eyesore.”

However, some of the candidates for the Council this fall also spoke in favor of the location of the tower. One among them, Dennis Wainscott, said, “I am for the tower. I think it is well needed.” Another candidate from the Council, Ted Jansen, also stated that he is happy with the decision. Jansen even suggested the AT&T to build a small parking near the new tower for the individuals, who wants to use the nearby bike trails. “Perhaps put in a parking lot for maybe three cars so people could use the bike path instead of parking across the street in the grass,” he said.

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On the other hand, Laura Smith who serves the planning commission of the city expressed her disappointment against the proposed location of new AT&T tower. However, she admitted that she is actually in favor of the tower but she is worried that the allotted location might not follow the master plan of the city. “The Planning Commission’s job is the master plan and to make sure the city is following the master plan. This is not the only location for this development,” Smith said. “Pausing for another month or two to reinvestigate for something that is going to be there for 100-years doesn’t seem like it’s that long of a time.”

However, reports indicate that the unanimously voted decision will bring several benefits to the city. Compare the internet plans of AT&T and other internet providers in your location, as it will help you to acquire the best internet deal.

16 May

Comcast Is Also Planning To Offer Internet TV Service

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Internet TV packages and skinny bundles are now trending in the telecom business sector. More and more players are now starting to offer internet based television services. As the competition in the field of internet television is rising, Comcast is also planning to offer their own online video streaming service, and experts say that Comcast’s offering might be more appealing than what is already available in the market.

The internet based streaming TV service from Comcast is expected to be named Xfinity Instant TV, and it will include local channels, an unnamed premium channel offering, and DVR capabilities just for fifteen dollars per month. Matt Strauss who is the head of cable service of Comcast, said that the offer would be for the users of Comcast Home Internet service. He added that additional cable TV channels packages would be offered for extra charges.

“If you want to add on top of that, skinny packages like a sports and news pack or kids and family pack or a TV and entertainment pack, you’ll have the ability to do that,” Strauss said. The latest offering from Comcast is much like the Sling TV offering from Dish Network, or the DirecTV Now service of AT&T, and PlayStation Vue from Sony, although with a low starting price. However, the service will not be available across the entire country and not for those people who are not subscribers of the best internet service from Comcast.

“We are not focused on delivering a national over-the-top service,” Strauss said. “We’re very focused on delivering products and services within the markets that we serve today, like Chicago.” This move from Comcast is due to the result of many people dropping their cable services for other TV watching alternatives.

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Comcast and the other internet providers believe that internet TV services can help them attract the cord cutters and cord nevers as these services do not require a cable set top box or wired installation. Statistics shows that streaming television services has been filling the gap for those users who prefer to use services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.

Comcast said that they have not suffered much from the cord-cutting trend, at least not yet. In fact, they said that they have managed to add 98,000 new cable TV customers in the last year. At the same time, they have also managed to add about 1.2 million residential internet users to their subscriber base.

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