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$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

Verizon may sign new deal with NFL to expand game streaming rights

Verizon will have rights to deliver the NFL’s Thursday night games, “among others.” The NFL has divided up broadcasting rights among several companies, including Verizon and DIRECTV. Amazon.com outbid Twitter for the rights to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games for the 2017 season, but only Prime members can watch them online. – Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2mKvH4Z

Verizon will stop throttling video on unlimited plans if you pay an extra $10 per month

If you’re willing to pay that $10 charge, you can stream video at the maximum quality supported by any device you’ve got connected to Verizon, whether it’s 1080p, 1440p, or even 4K. But keep in mind that the extra fee is applied per line for anyone on a family plan who wants to lift the limits. Even on a single-line plan, it adds up. Tacking $10 onto Verizon’s Beyond Unlimited ratchets up the monthly price to $95. – Chris Welch, The Verge http://ift.tt/2i4jMcL

Consumer Groups Want Inquiry Into Verizon’s Netflix Throttling

And while being stuck at 10 Mbps isn’t the end of the world, most weren’t particularly happy with Verizon’s failure to be transparent about what it was doing. Consumer groups like Free Press have called on the FCC to investigate Verizon’s throttling practices and whether they violate the existing net neutrality rules (however long those last). – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2uD6qtX

Verizon Wireless disconnects some heavy data users in rural areas

The change affects a mix of customers on limited and unlimited data plans. The common thread is that these customers are supported by Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, which relies on a partnership between Verizon and small rural carriers who lease Verizon spectrum in order to build their own networks. Verizon may be losing money on customers using unusually large amounts of data because Verizon pays the rural networks for roaming. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2svofZf

NFL looking to up Verizon’s $1B streaming deal

“The [NFL] wants to tie [Thursday streaming rights] to an extension of Verizon’s NFL sponsorship and its $1 billion exclusive lock on mobile,” said a source close to talks, adding that Verizon wants to renew the deal but has been pushing back on price. Part of the deal would include a renewal of its NFL sponsorship, too. It is not known how much more Commissioner Roger Goodell wants from Verizon coffers, but CBS and NBC recently agreed to pay $45 million per game, an increase for CBS of $7.5 million to share the broadcast TV rights to Thursday games. CBS had them exclusively this past season. – Claire Atkinson, New York Post

Why Verizon’s Free Go90 Net Neutrality Argument Is Weak

Verizon was exempting its own go90 video service from data caps for Verizon users understandably raised immediate red flags among net neutrality advocates. […] “Go90 has decided to take advantage of Verizon’s FreeBee Data 360 service, which allows them to pay for customer’s data usage associated with watching videos on the Go90 app,” a Verizon representative told Re/code. “FreeBee Data 360 is an open, non-exclusive service available to other content providers on a non-discriminatory basis. Any interested content provider can use FreeBee Data 360 to expand their audiences by giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy their content without incurring data charges.” But here’s the problem with that. Verizon runs the network. – Ina Fried, Re/code
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