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Narrative BUSTED! AT&T just cracked egg ALL OVER Chuck Schumer and Dems’ faces; Updated

Just how evil is the GOP’s tax reform plan? This evil: NEW — AT&T announces it will "pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees" because of the tax reform passage and will also increase US capital spending by $1 billion — Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 20, 2017 JUST IN: AT&T announces it will "pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees" due to tax reform passage and will also increase US capital spending by $1 billion. https://t.co/jn8limUSe7 — CNBC Now (@CNBCnow)…

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US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

Decision, which critics warn will hand control of the web to big cable companies, a major victory for FCC chair and Trump appointee Ajit Pai The USs top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an open internet on Thursday, a move critics warn will hand control of the future of the web to cable and telecoms companies. At a packed meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, the watchdogs commissioners voted three to two to dismantle the net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from…

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The FCC Says Net Neutrality Cripples Investment. That’s Not True

Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai says the agency's net-neutrality rules are discouraging investment, leaving consumers with fewer, and less robust, choices for internet service, and potentially widening the digital divide. Broadband providers' own financial reports tell a different story. In its proposal to repeal the rules, which were enacted in 2015, the FCC cites industry-funded studies concluding that investment in internet infrastructure declined 3 percent in 2015 and another 2 percent in 2016. The proposal also claims that internet providers delayed new offerings, such as home-wireless plans or streaming…

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AT&Ts streaming service DirecTV Now is getting cloud DVR, parental controls, and other features

AT&Ts streaming TV service for cord cutters, DirecTV Now, is finally getting a cloud DVR, among other features, the company announced today. The addition is part of a larger platform upgrade for AT&Ts TV applications, which includes both the streaming service DirecTV Now and the app for current DirecTV pay TV subscribers. The cloud DVR is among the most anticipated, given that the streaming service launched without this now-common feature. No longer considered a nice to have add-on, the major live TV streaming services today including Sling TV, YouTube TV,…

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Update: As Yahoos partnership with AT&T unwinds, users need to switch email addresses

Update: Never do a hot take on a cold story. As part of the new corporate merger of Yahoo and Aol under the Oath brand, it looks like Yahoo accounts will no longer be accessible through AT&T email addresses (or those of any A&T subsidiaries). The move provoked some uproar among net neutrality advocates, but it seems to be less about creating walled gardens and more about cleaning up prior commitments and pre-existing partnerships. While there is a level of inconvenience for AT&T customers, this is less about net neutrality…

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