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WNYC News

Reports: Comcast + Time Warner Cable = Not Happening

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One of the biggest proposed media mergers ever may be off. Bloomberg News is reporting that Comcast is preparing to drop its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable.

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The Takeaway

C.I.A. Pays AT&T for Big Data

Friday, November 08, 2013

The New York Times has reported that AT&T is selling personal customer information to the C.I.A. for more than $10 million a year. There are no subpoenas or court orders involved. The reason? To assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in is Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo Law School and the author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age."

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New Tech City

Alone in the Dark: Susan Crawford and the Telecom Industry

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A year after Sandy cut power to cellphone towers and flooded copper wire, land line telephones leaving thousands of people without service, what's changed?  "Nothing," says Susan Crawford, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.

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WNYC News

Fortune 500 Features 52 New York Companies

Monday, May 06, 2013

Fifty-two New York companies including JPMorgan Chase, McGraw-Hill and Estée Lauder are part of this year's Fortune 500.

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WNYC News

Waiting for the Phone to Ring, 6 Months After the Storm

Sunday, May 05, 2013

More than six months after Sandy, some New Yorkers are still waiting for their land line and internet service to come back.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Payphones Repurposed

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rachel Haot, chief digital officer for the City of New York, discusses the six designs for reinvented payphones and how you can vote for your favorite.

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WNYC News

After Sandy, A Bumpy Transition from Copper to Fiber Phone Lines

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Months after Sandy, fiber connectivity hasn’t reached everyone, and many businesses and residents are still without basic communications services.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Telecom Outages After Sandy

Friday, March 01, 2013

Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter, talks about his reporting on why some New Yorkers are still grappling with reduced telecom service after Sandy. Is your phone or internet line still down after Sandy knocked it out? Share your story with us (email newsroom@wnyc.org and put "outage" in the subject line) and post your location on the map below.

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WNYC News

Customers Quit Verizon Over Extended Phone and Internet Outages

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More than three months after Sandy, frustration continues to grow in parts of lower Manhattan where many residents and businesses are still without phone or internet service

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WNYC News

FCC Holds Hearings on Communication Failures During Sandy

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission held its first hearings into telecommunication failures during Sandy in Lower Manhattan Tuesday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Telecommunications and Competition

Monday, December 03, 2012

David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University, and author of the forthcoming book The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind, talks about his New York Times column on telecom companies, and explains their role during Sandy and in other emergencies.

 

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WNYC News

Payphones Enjoy A Resurgence of Relevance, Post-Sandy

Friday, November 23, 2012

The payphone, which seemed to turn into a bit of a relic in the cell-phone age, is getting a modern day make-over.

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WNYC News

A Journey to the Internet through Telecom’s Past

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The vocabulary of the internet includes words like “digital universe,” “cyberspace” and, now, the “cloud.” Most people think of the internet as nebulous, but — in New York City, at least — the internet’s infrastructure is a lot closer than it sounds. It's hiding in plain sight in the city’s old telecommunications buildings.

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WNYC News

New Yorkers Bilked By Long Distance Phone Cards: Study

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

New Yorkers who use prepaid calling cards often get fewer minutes on the phone than they expected, according to a new study by Consumer Reports. They can also be hit with unexplained fees.

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WNYC News

Verizon, Striking Workers Accuse Each Other of Not Bargaining in Good Faith

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Verizon and picketing workers are accusing each other of not bargaining in good faith, as a strike enters its second week.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: AT&T Inks Deal to Acquire T-Mobile

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wall Street loves a merger. But it's not always good news for consumers. We'll talk about what AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile could mean for all of us.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cognitive Surplus

Friday, July 30, 2010

Clay Shirky, faculty member at the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU and the author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, discusses how the internet is changing how we think and collaborate.

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The Takeaway

Dangers of 'Car Phones' Known Early

Monday, December 07, 2009

We've talked a lot about research on the dangers of texting and even talking on the phone while driving.  But a new report out by our partner The New York Times shows evidence of a cell phone industry that was aware of those risks decades before most people had ever seen seen the devices initially marketed as "car phones."  It's part of the Times' Driven to Distraction series; we're joined by the series' editor, Adam Bryant, deputy business editor for The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

The FCC Takes On Wireless Carriers

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Earlier this week, President Obama’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission may have picked his first big fight. And it wasn’t over a Janet Jackson-eque nipple-slip or a fleeting expletive: It was over your cell phone. We talk with Tim Wu, professor of law at Columbia University and co-author of the book "Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World." We also speak to freelance tech journalist Eric Krangel.

Now that the FCC may change how cell phone providers offer service, we're looking for your cell phone horror stories. When have you been frustrated with your phone plan? Leave a comment or call 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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The Takeaway

[Web Special] Why Phone Rates Are So High

Thursday, September 03, 2009

For approximately eight years, I financed my multi-threaded geek-powered, politico-comedy lifestyle by working as a strategy consultant to the communications and media industries. I worked for a small firm out of Boston called Altman Vilandrie & Company. While it wasn't the long term life for me, I've yet to work at a place with smarter people, and I have some great memories like going to Barcelona to learn about the convergence of landlines and mobile phones or to Washington D.C for a conference dedicated to hashing out bilateral international termination rates. ...(continue reading)

"The D.C. conference I attended was literally a bunch of people in little rooms with binders negotiating what the rate from country A to country B should be."

 

 

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