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The Next Great Frontier in Our Mobile Future

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 09.09.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

While record investment and innovation has positioned the U.S. atop the global mobile leaderboard, we will soon be catapulted into a completely new and groundbreaking frontier in wireless: 5G.

Should AT&T Refund Mom's Phone?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Christopher Elliott

This is one of those situations where the company is both right and wrong. It correctly charged your parents for their service, but it also failed to adequately disclose all the terms of the contract to two octogenarians.

The FCC and AT&T Don't Care About Rural Areas and They Can Just Make Crap Up

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

One would think that the FCC would care about a failure to upgrade whole parts of multiple states.

MobTel: Some of America's Most Hated ISPs, Cable TV and Wireless Companies Have Their Associations Suing the FCC Over Net Neutrality

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

So, just on the surface, when the most hated companies in America all work together to sue the FCC, we should at least know something just ain't right, and that's putting it mildly.

I Do It For My Aunt Ethel

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc).

See What Life Is Like In A Town With No Cell Phones

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology

We often talk about ways to escape the bombardment of push notifications, text messages and other digital distractions in our lives. But ver...

Stream Your Favorite Tunes to Every Room

Michael L. Berman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

Bach in the bathroom. Beethoven in the basement. The Beatles in the bedroom. Imagine being able to stream music to all of these rooms, from different sources, at the same time.

Verizon & AT&T's Wireless Broadband: $1,125.00 for One Month of Cable TV; $375.00 to Watch Netflix -- and that's Not Even 'HD'.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

America is getting a big, fat downgrade, but don't bother to tell the FCC or the media. How, exactly is this the "best technology available"?

Verizon and the NY State Public Service ('Captured') Commission

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Regulatory Capture" is when an industry takes over the regulatory agency that is supposed to be doing oversight of the companies' business practices and is supposed to be protecting the Public Interest.

Building the A Team - Advice for Start-ups

Diane Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Diane Smith

Because we believe that every entrepreneur is a mobile entrepreneur, I am hosting a series of webinars for entrepreneurs with Mobile Future where you can learn more about building the A team - not just top-shelf skills, but also how to attract, compensate and retain great talent.

SUMMARY: Verizon PA's Broadband Scandal -- A Quadruple Bait-and-Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

100% of phone customers paid for networks most will never get.

Did AT&T, Verizon, Et al., Garner Over $17 Billion in 'Very Small Business' Spectrum Licenses?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

How did the largest phone companies end up saving billions from discounts on wireless spectrum licenses that were supposed to be reserved for 'very small companies'?

Telecom Sleaze: ALEC and Its Communication's Funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

But it is ALEC that should cease operations and everyone reading this must ask -- why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) not investigating ALEC and its corporate communications members and funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast & Time Warner Cable?

Six Lawsuits Against the FCC Over Net Neutrality -- and Counting

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I would argue that it is time for more lawsuits, but right now they are going in the wrong direction. The FCC should be taking the companies to court and starting the process of separating the companies from their control over critical infrastructure -- that we paid extra for, over and over.

Where To Place Your Router To Get The Absolute Best WiFi Connection

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.27.2015 | Technology

Your WiFi router is almost certainly in the wrong spot in your home.

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

What a Google Wireless Plan Might Look Like

Michael Flores | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Michael Flores

Google Wireless is going to disrupt the high end of the market with better plans and data options, and use that to sell phones directly to consumers that run an Android experience that, for the first time, Google can update and control easily.

Internet of Things: Ready for Lift Off

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 04.14.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

With 25 billion "things" already connected, the fast-emerging Internet of Things ecosystem is a new hub for mobile innovation and economic growth. But what exactly are all of these gadgets connecting to the web?

The Role of User Experience in a 'Workplace Unplugged'

Sarah Deane | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Sarah Deane

Welcome 2015. I remember when 2015 seemed so far away, yet here it is. Do you remember when you would wake up and you didn't have a phone to check? You would arrive at the office and sit at your desk to work on your daily tasks.

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.

Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the last article about broadband I supplied a list of the "video dialtone" deployments that were filed at the FCC by what are now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink to upgrade the utility copper networks and replace these wires with fiber optics wires -- which never happened.

The Plot for Tech to Drive You Crazy

Robin Raskin | Posted 02.15.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

I bought my eighty-something-year-old mom her own iPad this year thinking about how much joy it would give her. First task was to get some music. Do you have any idea how many passwords it takes to get a song off the web?

Update: Verizon's CFO Sticks His Foot in His Mouth Over Title II and Investment -- Where's the Investigations?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On Dec. 9, 2014, Verizon's CFO Francis Shammo was speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference for investors and made a comment -- even if the networks were to be reclassified as "Title II" in the Net Neutrality proceedings, it would not harm or influence investment.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

What Do a Keyboard, Range Extender and 'Free' TV Have in Common? Absolutely Nothing!

Michael L. Berman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We in Jocgeekland have been playing with a few items that have absolutely nothing in common, other than their appeal to those of us that salivate over...