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News Story
12/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — One wireless phone plan allows customers to upgrade to a new phone in less than two years. Another allows a pool of data to be shared across multiple devices. Yet another offers unlimited data, but only at slower Internet speeds. All these perks are there for the taking, yet the average wireless phone bill continues with its...
News Story
11/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Nov 20 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday. State officials said it marked the first enforcement action in...
News Story
8/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
CUPERTINO -- This city is about to get a GigaPower boost to speed up Internet service. AT&T is set to announce Wednesday it will bring super-fast broadband service, dubbed GigaPower, to Apple's hometown. It promises download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is fast enough to download a high-definition movie in half a minute and...
News Release
7/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates list protections needed in AT&T's planned location-based service to prevent credit-card fraud AT&T's plans for a location-based service that would track a mobile phone user to prevent credit-card fraud has raised concerns among privacy advocates who want strict rules on the use of the data. [Location-tracking...
Video
5/1/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
AT&T has approached DirecTV the largest satellite TV provider in the United States about an acquisition. Will this mean bad deals and less choice for the customer? KABC Los Angeles asks what could happen, if another monopoly is allowed to go through.
News Release
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google spent $3.82 million lobbying the USA's federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014 making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week, Comcast,...
News Story
4/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Business and residential customers affected by outages such as the one that hit AT&T U-verse broadband users this week may feel helpless, but they do have options, consumer and industry watchdogs say. Customers who lose Internet service, cable channels or phone service should request consideration in the form of refunds, discounts or add-ons...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on U.S. government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports released this week. Comcast ranked fifth among all organizations in U.S. government lobbying spending through the...