Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Deal Wouldn't Impact Wireless
According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon and Google have reached a tentative agreement regarding the prioritization of internet traffic. The Journal reports that the agreement between Verizon and Google could be announced as soon as Friday, though details are scare. The Journal's sources did make it clear, however, that the net neutrality agreement would not apply to Verizon's wireless network. This means that Verizon Wireless will continue to manage its wireless network as it sees fit. Both Google and Verizon Wireless have publicly refuted the original story as reported by the New York Times, despite providing comments to the paper. The two companies say the Times overstated the intentions of their discussions. Neither company refuted the Journal's portrayal of events.
T-Mobile Hopes to Woo Sprint With a New Tune
T-Mobile has approached Sprint with a new proposal, reports the Wall Street Journal, in an attempt to keep the potential merger of the two companies alive. Talks failed earlier this week when Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint parent SoftBank, appeared to walk away from the deal over a disagreement concerning which company would own the other.
Google's Daydream VR Headset Ships Nov. 10
Google today said its Daydream virtual reality headset will go on sale November 10. The goggles will cost $79 and will be available at Best Buy and Verizon Wireless stores.
T-Mobile and Dish Discussing Possible Merger
T-Mobile and Dish Networks are negotiating a potential merger between the two companies, reports the Wall Street Journal. The companies have agreed to some of the broad strokes of combining, but not the details.
FCC Likely to Reject Dish's Auction Discounts
The FCC is prepared to reject Dish Network's $3.3 billion in auction discounts, reports the Wall Street Journal. Dish used three smaller companies to place bids on its behalf.
Montana Governor Seeks to Make Net Neutrality Compulsory
Montana Governor Steve Bullock today signed an executive order that would force internet service providers to comply with several basic tenets of net neutrality. Specifically, Bullock said any ISP that has a contract with the state government cannot block web sites or create for-pay fast lanes that would impact its other customers.