Courts in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware have granted Verizon Communications injunctions against striking union workers who are picketing outside of its corporate offices and retail locations. Specifically, the injunctions are against members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Last week, Verizon filed lawsuits against the Communications Workers of America in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Massachusetts and accused the union workers of sabotage and harassment. 45,000 Verizon Communications employees, about 25% of the company’s workforce, went on strike on August 7th after the company failed to reach an agreement with labor unions over health benefit premiums. Managers are currently filling in for the strikers until a deal is reached, although at this point it appears negotiations could take a while. More →
Sprint has received subpoenas from Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington regarding its opposition of AT&T’s planned $39 billion T-Mobile USA acquisition, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division also issued a subpoena. Sprint has been a staunch opponent of the deal and its CEO Dan Hesse has said the acquisition will “stifle innovation” in the U.S. wireless market. He also said that “clearly, purely, [Sprint wants] to win and block the merger,” when it was revealed that Hesse was working with 18 state regulators to block the acquisition. The deal is getting an in-depth investigation from both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. On June 22nd, AT&T’s General Counsel Wayne Watts said that the acquisition was on schedule for approval in March of next year. An AT&T spokesperson told Reuters that AT&T also received the same nine subpoenas. More →
Via Twitter, T-Mobile has announced the addition of three cities to its 21Mbps, HSPA+ portfolio. Fort Myers, FL; Pueblo, CO and Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA are the latest cities to be bestowed with the company’s high-speed data network. T-Mobile’s 21Mbps HSPA+ network is now available in 170 U.S. markets. More →
Verizon Wireless today announced the addition of a handful of new LTE markets coming online later this week: Columbia and Hilton Head, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Lehigh Valley Airport in Pennsylvania; along with Cleveland and Clarksville, Tennessee. The bushel of markets were foreshadowed by Verizon earlier today — the company tweeted that “a mess of new cities and towns” were being added to its LTE portfolio. If you are located in any of the aforementioned cities you’ll have access to Verizon’s 4G, LTE airwaves beginning this Thursday, April 21st. More →
Is this a screen shot of speeds achieved on Verizon’s 4G, LTE network? If you’re to believe a poster in the dslreport.com forums, then yes. The speeds, almost 13 Mbps down and 4.4 Mbps up, are reportedly from someone testing Verizon’s LTE network in Edinboro, PA. The list of initial Verizon LTE cities is still unknown — except for San Francisco and Philadelphia — but we do know general areas that should be getting LTE soon; thanks to a previously leaked map. Edinboro, which is fairly close to Erie, appears to be marked as an LTE city on the leaked document. Also, the part of the IP address that is visibile is: 198.226; 184.108.40.206 appears to be owned by Verizon Wireless. It’s all speculative at this point, but isn’t it speculation that makes the anticipation even greater?
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Today, Sprint announced that Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have been added to the company’s 4G city-portfolio. “Since 2008, Sprint has provided customers 4G service and we’re proud to extend our leadership to two more cities today,” said Sprint’s 4G president, Matt Carter. Sprint now has its 4G, WiMAX service deployed in 55 U.S. cities. If you are located in the Twin Cities or in The Steel City, let us know what kind of 4G speeds you’re seeing. More →
GigaOM is reporting that T-Mobile is testing a completely solar-powered cell phone tower here in the States. The single tower — located in Chalfont, PA — generates enough power to keep the site off the grid and, at times, feed power back into the country’s aging electrical system. Pike Research estimates that 4.5% of all cellular stations worldwide will use solar or wind energy by 2014. The report indicates that although the tower does cost 2 to 3 times more than the standard, grid-powered equivalent, savings in the long run — in electricity, tax benefits, and initial setup costs — could very well make up for the difference over the life of the tower. Hit the read link for the full report. More →