T-Mobile hit with cell phone outage, voice and text down for thousands of users throughout U.S.

UPDATE, 6:50pm PT: AT&T tells Boing Boing, “We do not have an issue with our network,” and points us to this @ATTNEWS tweet: “Our network is operating normally, but it’s possible some customers are unable to reach people on other carriers’ networks.”

Cellular provider T-Mobile has been having a very large service outage today, Monday June 15. The service interruptions were reported by Verizon users starting around 10amPT/1pm ET. Read the rest

Democrats propose making it illegal for telcos to shut off internet service in a pandemic

Democrats also propose $50 monthly discounts with low-income broadband fund

Verizon, AT&T, Comcast promise not to cancel service through June for users impacted by coronavirus

On Monday, Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., the two largest U.S. wireless carriers, and US cable giant Comcast all said they have agreed that through June 30, they won't cancel service or charge late fees to customers who can't pay their bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the rest

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon face FCC fines after probe finds they failed to protect user location data

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are among the telecommunications carriers facing hundreds of millions of dollars in fines from the Federal Communications Commission after a federal investigation found the companies didn't do enough to protect the location data of users. Read the rest

T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint approved by federal judge

A federal judge has approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint.

Long opposed by consumer advocates, the mega-merger will combine America's 3rd and 4th-largest wireless carriers. Read the rest

Google and other tech giants want Hong Kong alternative after U.S. blocks undersea cable

• 'U.S. tech giants are considering alternatives to Hong Kong as a global data hub after national security officials upended plans for a trans-Pacific internet link to the territory, according to people familiar with the matter.' —- WSJ Read the rest

White House: Dell, Microsoft, AT&T, others working on open standard for 5G tech to counter China's Huawei

The Trump White House says it is working with U.S. technology companies to develop software for next-generation 5G telecommunications networks, in an effort to reduce reliance on China’s Huawei.

Companies involved in the effort include Dell, Microsoft and AT&T, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said. Read the rest

Robocalls: Finally, DOJ seeks court enforcement action against telecoms for phone spam

Automated phone spam is a growing plague for anyone with a telephone, landline or cell.

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that they're trying to get court approval to take enforcement action against various telecommunications companies for their alleged role in facilitating robocalls. Read the rest

AT&T employees took over $1 million in bribes to plant malware and unlock millions of smartphones: DOJ

”AT&T employees took bribes to unlock millions of smartphones.”

Phone companies get to block robocalls if this proposed FCC rule happens

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a new rule to allow carriers to block robocalls. “The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls,” he said. Read the rest