Anti-municipal broadband laws are like bubonic plague

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The bubonic plague (or Black Death) kept popping up in various European cities for hundreds of years. As soon as one city’s population would be decimated, the plague would die out only to reappear after a long hiatus. In the case of anti-municipal broadband bills, as soon as one would get defeated in a state […]

How will Verizon, AT&T and Sprint position 4G vs. iPhone 5?

Lost a little bit in the heated run-up to next week’s highly anticipated introduction of (maybe!) the next model iPhone from Apple is the big question: How exactly are the three major cellular carriers in the U.S., Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint, going to balance their “4G” network promotions with a phone that will probably be called […]

AT&T: still no speed guarantees or smartphones for LTE

As you may have heard, AT&T officially launched its first salvo of live Long Term Evolution (LTE) services Sunday, in five cities: Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Houston and Atlanta. Above is the new updated map that is serving as Ma Bell’s announcement platform for its clear-as-mud 4G rollout; if you are following this story closely you know that in […]

AT&T launches Wi-Fi hotzone on University Ave in Palo Alto, CA

AT&T has launched an AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zone in Silicon Valley to provide Wi-Fi coverage on Palo Alto’s University Avenue, the heart of the city’s retail, entertainment and restaurants near Stanford University. The new hotzone is very limited: only from the 300 block to the 500 block of University Avenue, which consistently sees high customer traffic and mobile data use. […]

Is WiFi a threat to mobile operators?

As more people buy iPhones and iPads, and become disenchanted with the decreasing quality of mobile networks (especially with speed) and the increasing cost of data plans (no more “unlimited” plans), more people are using WiFi networks in cafes, hotels, restaurants and other establishments. Paul Rasmussen of FierceWireless Europe asks: The threat to mobile operators […]

Don’t waste your money: 4G with data caps is worthless

Public Knowledge has published a white paper written by Michael Weinberg entitled 4G + Data Caps = Magic Beans (PDF format) which asserts that 4G data subscriptions from US carriers (except Sprint) are a complete waste of money: “Simply put, data caps make the advantages of 4G irrelevant. The caps prevent anyone from making habitual […]

AT&T rolls out 4G HSPA+ to 19 more locations including NYC and LA

The news that AT&T was finally getting serious about launching its late-to-the-game LTE service got us thinking about AT&T’s HSPA+ rollout map, the hunt-and-see game where you try to find active HSPA+ markets by rolling your cursor over a map (instead, of say, reading a list off a press release). If you remember in our first discovery the map […]

AT&T’s LTE: Fooling Some of the People, Some of the Time

According to an official press release AT&T says it will launch LTE services in five U.S. cities this summer, followed by another 10 before year’s end. Though there are no details yet on prices, plans or devices a recent charm offensive by Ma Bell seems to have convinced many in media-land that the introduction of Long Term […]

Monday 4G News: AT&T Bashed, Capped and Tested

Just a quick roundup of some stories bound to be of interest to Sidecut readers. First up is a fairly well thought out bashing of AT&T’s so-called 4G rollout, from Sascha Segan at PC Mag. (Gotta love the lede: “AT&T is lying about 4G. Shamelessly.”) While we wondered why AT&T was practically silent about its […]

How AT&T is using small antennas to fix big problems

If all goes according to AT&T’s wishes, the city of Palo Alto may soon become the premier testing spot for Ma Bell’s plan to boost its cellular network power by installing a large number of small cellular antennas around town. Ostensibly billed as a method for AT&T to overcome terrestrial and urban challenges in Palo Alto, the […]