Sunday, August 07, 2011

Verizon landlines strike said not to affect customers: wait and see

Major media outlets report a strike by Verizon Communications, which runs the landlines, cable and FIOS Internet services, but not the cellular services. Verizon says management employees and “retirees” will fill in (as “scabs”) and that customer service will not be significantly affected, but some landline installations could be delayed. 

The New York Times story by Steven Greenhouse is here

The service area affected runs from Massachusetts to Washington DC.

Wireless (and cellular wireless) will not be affected.

Last week, I suddenly had to replace a Blackberry battery after about a year (convenient for Verizon, just out of warranty, when it wouldn’t charge) for $40 and had to visit two stores to find one in stock. 

Monday, August 01, 2011

AT&T lowers access speeds to some heavy users; Fox charges for some Internet re-airing; Internet TV will cause cable rates to rise

Ceclia Kang and Hayley Tsukayama wrote in the Washington Post today that AT&T will lower access speeds to the top 5 percent of its users who stay on unlimited plans, that are no longer available to new subscribers. The link to the story is here

The story seems commensurate with recent decision by Verizon to no longer offer unlimited data to new customers.

All of this contradicts the rapid growth of the use of Internet TV and streaming, popular with younger customers, as reported in another story today in the “Metro” Post Express, p 12, which may cause cable rates to raise and for networks to charge for rewatching episodes of shows, which Fox already does within one week of broadcast for non subscribers of Hulu or Dish Network.