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Sam Gustin

Correspondent, Motherboard — Vice

Business, tech, policy @VICE @Motherboard @BKCHarvard

What Went Wrong With Google Fiber? — Google Fiber, we hardly knew ya'. Google parent Alphabet's decision to put the brakes on its superfast fiber-based internet service represents a disappointing setback for one of the Silicon Valley titan's most ambitious "moonshots."

AT&T Set to Rack Up Massive Debt as Time Warner CEO Hits the Jackpot — AT&T's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner may or may not be approved by federal regulators. Already, public interest groups and politicians alike are sounding the alarm about potential harms to consumers.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Are Both Against the AT&T-Time Warner Deal — Leading US politicians from both parties suggested on Sunday that AT&T's blockbuster $85 billion plan to buy Time Warner could face a daunting road toward regulatory approval, as public interest advocates ramped up warnings of higher pay-TV prices for consumers if the merger goes through.

AT&T’s $85 Billion Time Warner Buyout Faces Tough Federal Scrutiny — AT&T, the giant wireless and pay-TV provider, on Saturday announced a plan to buy entertainment titan Time Warner in a massive $85 billion deal that would dramatically reshape the US media landscape. The merger would combine AT&T's vast communications network and recently acquired DirecTV satellite business with Time Warner's rich stable of entertainment properties, including HBO, CNN, and the famed Hollywood studio Warner Bros.

Public Interest Groups Sound the Alarm Over Possible AT&T-Time Warner Merger — Image: Mike Mozart/Flickr It's no secret why telecom titan AT&T wants to buy Time Warner, the giant content factory that owns HBO, CNN, and the legendary Hollywood studio Warner Bros. After all, content is king.

Time’s Running Out for the FCC on Set-Top Reform, Privacy and Zero-Rating — Dozens of leading public interest groups on Monday urged the Federal Communications Commission to swiftly approve new consumer protection policies aimed at promoting competition in the video marketplace, increasing online privacy, and ensuring internet openness.

Times Editor Alarmed By Prospect of WikiLeaks Prosecution — NEW YORK - New York Times executive editor Bill Keller may not regard Julian Assange as a journalistic peer, but he made clear Thursday that he doesn't think the WikiLeaks founder should face criminal prosecution in the United States. Keller joined his counterpart from Britain's Guardian newspaper and a prominent Harvard Law School professor on...

Big Cable Isn’t Happy About the FCC’s Plan to Protect Consumer Privacy — Federal regulators are moving ahead with an ambitious plan to give consumers more power over how internet service providers use their personal data, despite stiff resistance from industry groups representing the nation's largest cable and phone companies.

US to Transfer Internet DNS Oversight After GOP Sabotage Effort Fails — The United States government moved to relinquish stewardship of key internet technical functions on Saturday, paving the way for a private, international non-profit group to assume oversight of the internet's core naming directory. Tech policy experts say the historic transfer of US stewardship over the Domain Name System (DNS) to an independent group of global stakeholders will help ensure internet openness and freedom.

FCC Postpones Vote on Set-Top Box Reform in a Blow to Chairman Wheeler — Well this was unexpected. The Federal Communications Commission will not hold a vote today on its "unlock the box" proposal that would have allowed consumers to access cable and satellite television programming on devices other than a set-top box rented directly from their provider.
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Oct 24, 2016

RT @carlfranzen: Why the AT&T-Time Warner merger means your phone bill is probably going up (debt, lots of it)  via…

Oct 24, 2016

I want to give @brianstelter a serious shoutout for doing great work under difficult circumstances. Always tough to cover your own company.

Oct 24, 2016

RT @motherboard: In an unlikely accordance, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are against the AT&T-Time Warner deal

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