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AT&T Cuts Cost of 2GB Mobile
Share Value Plan
announced that it has reduced the cost of its 2GB Mobile Share Value data plans from $55 to $40 per month for new users who sign up for a two-year service agreement. A new rate is also available to customers who purchased a device either at full price or through AT&T's Next installment plan,
for $25. AT&T's 1GB plan, which previously amounted to $45, is no longer available for new customers. Current subscribers must make a change to their plan in order to access the new rates, and will be converted automatically upon upgrading their device. The costs for adding additional lines
remain unchanged. A breakdown
of AT&T's Mobile Share Value costs is available via the
carrier's Web site.
Federal Communications Commission International Deputy Chief to Step Down
The US Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) announced that David Turetsky, the Deputy Chief of its International Bureau, will step down in April after two years of service. During his tenure with the FCC, Turetsky led the Commission's informal, internal task force on responding to natural disasters and telecommunications issues. He is also the former Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB). "David has been a tireless and effective leader at the FCC," noted Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. "Under his guidance, PSHSB worked to promote the availability and reliability of communications to make people safer and crafted the FCC's response to several significant natural disasters."
AT&T CEO Stephenson Discusses FTTH Expansion
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed in a recent statement at the Morgan Stanley Conference that the company plans to expand its FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) coverage into several new markets, notably Dallas. According to
FierceTelecom, Stephenson said that "the market adoption and performance of [AT&T's] U-Verse Gigapower technology has been very, very encouraging." Stephenson went on to elaborate that "What we're doing in cities and municipalities where we can get the terms and conditions we got in Austin we're redirecting VIP investment to fiber to the home deployment." The Chief Executive also specifically named Dallas as a second Texas-based landing point for FTTH after Austin, the site of AT&T's first deployment. FierceTelecom noted that revenues for AT&T U-verse, the company's brand of triple-play telecommunications services, were up 27.9% year to year, in the fourth quarter of 2013. In all, AT&T had more than 10.7 million subscribers and 78,000 new U-verse IPTV business customers. An audio file of the
full Webcast is now available.
Verizon Communications Names Global Cloud Practice Leader, Wholesale President
Communications announced the appointment of two new executives to oversee separate units within
Solutions. First, the company reported that Siki Giunta, a former executive with Novell, CA, and CSC, will lead Verizon's Global Cloud Practice. Giunta will direct the Verizon team responsible for rolling out the new Verizon Cloud service, and will also oversee its global cloud ecosystem, technology convergence, and other connected solutions through wireless and wireline networks. Most recently, she headed CSC's global cloud business. In addition, Verizon named Eric Cevis as President of Verizon Global Wholesale, a team that provides voice, data, Internet, Ethernet, Global IP, FiOS, and advanced cloud services for service providers, cable operators, and other telecom companies. Cevis has been with Verizon and its
preceding companies since joining Bell Atlantic in 1986, and is the former leader of Verizon's Global Wholesale sales organization for the Americas.
Motorola to Develop 4G LTE Public Safety Network in Los Angeles
Solutions was selected to develop a 4G LTE-based public safety network for the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority
(LA-RICS). This five-phase, $175 million contract calls for Motorola to design, construct, launch, and maintain a regional Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN). This network will cover a 4,000 square-mile area, and operate on the region's 1700MHz spectrum Public Safety LTE band, Class 14. In all, it will support over 34,000 law enforcement, fire safety, healthcare, and other emergency responders across 80 agencies. The PSBN project is largely funded by federal grants from the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)'s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
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