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AT&T is doing exactly what it told Congress it wouldn’t do with Time Warner

AT&T’s decision to prevent Time Warner-owned shows from streaming on Netflix and other non-AT&T services reduced the company’s quarterly revenue by $1.2 billion, a sacrifice that AT&T is making to give its planned HBO Max service more exclusive content. AT&T took the $1.2-billion hit despite previously telling Congress that it would not restrict distribution of Time Warner content, claiming that would be “irrational business behavior.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2UnImdq [photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

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AT&T to Pay $60 Million Settlement Over Accusations of Data Throttling

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According to an FTC press release, the $60 million that AT&T is set to pay as part of the settlement will be used to issue partial refunds to victims of its alleged data-throttling scheme who signed up for unlimited plans before 2011. (The agency noted that those customers won’t need to file a formal claim to receive their partial refund.) Additionally, the company will be required to provide clear and prominent disclosures about its mobile data plans and any associated restrictions on those plans. – Catie Keck, Gizmodo » http://gizmo.do/iK6uxS5

AT&T Donates $500,000 to Locast Free Broadcast-TV Streaming Org

According to the telco, the donation “will support SFCNY’s mission to make free broadcast content available to consumers and offer them more choice.” AT&T added the Locast interactive app to internet-connected DirecTV and U-verse set-tops on May 30 — giving it a path to perhaps eventually avoid paying retransmission fees to broadcasters. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://ift.tt/31ZK06r

AT&T Prevails Against DOJ In Long-Running Legal Battle Over Time Warner Deal

In their 35-page ruling, Judges Judith W. Rogers, Robert L. Wilkins and David B. Sentelle affirmed Leon’s decision, saying that AT&T had provided “real-world” data to support its contention that the deal would not result in harm. “The government offered no comparable analysis of data,” the judges wrote. “Evidence also indicated that the industry had become dynamic in recent years with the emergence, for example, of Netflix and Hulu. In this evidentiary context, the government’s objections that the district court misunderstood and misapplied economic principles and clearly erred in rejecting the quantitative model are unpersuasive.” – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2SuWOM6

AT&T’s DirecTV Now is losing the cord cutters

AT&T’s live TV streaming service, DIRECTV NOW, is not doing so well. Along with AT&T’s fourth-quarter earnings released this morning, the company reported a sizable loss of 267,000 DirecTV Now subscribers. This left AT&T with fewer DirecTV Now customers at the end of the year (1.6 million), than it had in Q2 (1.8 million). – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2DIZmCg

$50 a month for 1Mbps: How AT&T and Verizon rip off DSL customers

The NDIA calls the practice of charging identical prices for wildly different speeds “tier flattening.” It affects both urban and rural customers who live in areas where AT&T and Verizon haven’t upgraded networks because they face no competition, because the upgrades wouldn’t result in higher profits, or both. These customers end up using “the oldest, slowest legacy infrastructure,” while paying much higher per-megabit prices than other Internet users. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2OHuyoW
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