AT&T Slapped with $2M Fine Over Dobson Debacle
The Department of Justice has ordered AT&T to pay more than $2 million in fines over its mishandling of the Dobson Communications acquisition. As part of the acquisition, AT&T was required to divest some markets. During the process, AT&T failed to protect some customer data, and AT&T personnel obtained unauthorized access to the divested businesses' competitively sensitive customer information and in some situations used it to solicit and win away the divested businesses' customers. In some instances, AT&T representatives also waived some early termination fees to make it easier for divested users to switch back to AT&T. The DoJ's fine and settlement terms have yet to be finalized in court.
FCC Doles Out More Fines Over 911 Outage
The FCC today announced more fines being levied against telecommunications providers who failed to meet their emergency call obligations during the 911 outage of April 2014. CenturyLink settled for a record fine of $16 million and Intrado Communications settled for $1.4 million.
AT&T Agrees to Pay $25 Million Over Privacy Debacle
AT&T today agreed to pay the FCC a fine of $25 million in order to settle an investigation into consumer privacy violations at its call centers. The data breaches, which took place in early 2014, exposed the personal data of some 280,000 AT&T customers at call centers in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines.
Court Says FTC Can Go After AT&T for Data-Speed Slow-Downs
The FTC can gun for AT&T once again, according to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which says the agency has the purview to regulate large internet service providers.
Nokia Closes Sale of HERE Business to Car Companies
Nokia today said it has closed the sale of its HERE Maps business to a consortium of automobile manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, and Daimler. The sale leaves its telecommunications equipment unit as Nokia's core concern moving forward.
Opera to Sell Browser Business to Chinese Firms for $600M
Opera Software today scrapped plans to sell its entire business to a consortium of Chinese companies and will instead sell to them its consumer browser business. The original deal, valued at $1.2 billion, would have seen a handful of China-based investment firms take over all of Opera's businesses.
Lets keep in mind....
AT&T is losing more and more points
Stick it to the customer AT&T! Stick it to them!
It doesn't surprise me they did this. They are a money hungry company looking out for number one aka Steve Jobs.
Check out the movie "Conspiracy Theory." I think you'd like it.