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News For VZ;T;DISH;VOD From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
12:30 EDTTAT&T may need to choose between dividend and credit rating, CTFN reports
AT&T, despite acquiring DirecTV, may have to choose between maintaining its credit rating and its dividend in a few years as web video displaces satellite, CTFN reports, citing two credit analysts and a senior executive. AT&T has reduced the pressure from high dividend payments after the DirecTV purchase, but "it could be back in the same situation within three years if DirecTV's cash flow isn't sustainable," according to Mark Stodden, VP and senior credit officer at Moody's. AT&T spokesperson said that any suggestion that it needs to reduce its dividend "ignores the facts," the report says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTVZGoogle fear Verizon, T-Mobile cell signs could crowd WiFi channels, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTVZVerizon confirms availability of hum to create connected driving experience
Verizon Telematics confirmed the commercial availability of hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider. First announced in January at the North American International Auto Show as Verizon Vehicle, hum provides subscribers with a self-installed solution that helps predict potential issues, prevents breakdowns and offers protection when problems do arise. At the simple press of a button, drivers receive diagnostic information, pinpoint roadside assistance and live consultation with ASE-certified mechanics and emergency personnel on-demand. Through GPS-based technology, hum helps accurately dispatch advanced roadside assistance, alerts emergency personnel of a car's location if a crash is detected, and assists authorities in locating a vehicle that has been reported stolen. Two year subscription plans start at $14.99 per month plus taxes, fees and equipment for the first vehicle with the option to add other vehicles for less.
06:02 EDTVZVerizon to announce Hum to connect older cars, The Verge reports
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05:30 EDTDISHDISH renews formal complaint with FCC against Sinclair Broadcast
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05:21 EDTVODQualcomm agrees to sell UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone, H3G
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05:17 EDTDISHDISH says Sinclair Broadcast chooses to initiate channel blackout
Despite reaching an agreement on rates and all other terms for the carriage of the Sinclair local stations, DISH (DISH) said that this afternoon Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) chose to begin the largest local channel blackout in the history of television, blocking DISH customers' access to 129 local channels in 79 markets across 36 states and the District of Columbia, and intentionally harming and exploiting millions of innocent consumers to gain negotiating leverage for carriage of an unrelated cable channel that it hopes to acquire but does not own today. Warren Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of programming, said, "Sinclair rejected our extension offer and has chosen to use innocent consumers as pawns to gain leverage for the economic benefit of Sinclair, while causing substantial harm and disruption to the lives of consumers." DISH and Sinclair had been making steady progress in their recent negotiations, and DISH was hopeful that they would come to a mutual agreement to renew carriage of the Sinclair local stations. In that spirit, DISH offered another short-term contract extension to Sinclair that would include a retroactive "true-up" when new rates were agreed upon, and would preserve the ability of DISH customers to access the Sinclair local stations while our negotiations continued. The "true-up" would ensure that Sinclair was made whole at the new rates for the period of any contract extension. Rather than accept DISH's good faith offer, Sinclair Broadcast Group chose to begin the largest local channel blackout in the history of television, blocking DISH customers' access to 129 local channels in 79 markets, and intentionally harming and exploiting millions of innocent consumers to gain negotiating leverage for carriage of an unrelated cable channel that it hopes to acquire but does not own today.
August 25, 2015
06:25 EDTTAT&T to rebrand services in Mexico, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTVZStocks with implied volatility movement; WMB VZ
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTVZ, TBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
08:02 EDTVZ, TFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTVZ, T, DISHBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTVZ, TSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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August 18, 2015
11:34 EDTVZ, TSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTDISHDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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06:11 EDTDISHFCC: Dish can't apply $3.3B in credits in airwaves auction, AP reports
The FCC said that Dish Network may not apply $3.3B in small-business credits towards buying airwaves it acquired in a government auction, the Associated Press reports. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
07:39 EDTVOD, VZTMC to hold a conference
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06:26 EDTTAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTAT&T aided NSA in web surveillance, NYT reports
The National Security Agency's, or NSA, ability to spy on great amounts of internet traffic has relied on a decades-long partnership with AT&T, the New York Times reports, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The company's cooperation with the NSA has involved a broad range of activities from 2003-2013, including giving the NSA access to billions of emails and providing technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all web communications at the UN headquarters, the report says. AT&T installed surveillance equipment in "at least" 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, the report says. Reference Link
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