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From: Bennitto1/16/2006 5:38:35 PM
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AT&T renames high-speed Internet service, slashes monthly price
Monday January 16, 5:05 pm ET

AT&T Inc. announced a new name for its high-speed Digital Subscriber Line service and cut the monthly price to boost its Internet customer base.
San Antonio-based AT&T (NYSE: T - News), already the nation's largest provider of DSL with 6.5 million subscribers, is offering new residential customers the ability to order the new AT&T Yahoo! High-Speed Internet for $14.99 a month. It was formerly called SBC Yahoo! DSL. SBC Communications Inc. and Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO - News) first launched SBC Yahoo! DSL in September 2002.

This is one of the lowest prices the company has ever offered for new customers. AT&T first introduced the service at $14.95 on June 1, 2005, when it was still SBC.

It is reintroducing the new promotional price in order to transition customers to the new AT&T brand, AT&T spokeswoman April Borlinghaus says. SBC and AT&T merged on Nov. 18, 2005, creating the nation's largest telecommunications firm.

The offer is only available to customers in AT&T's 13-state area who order through the company's Web site (www.TheNewATT.com). The price is good for six months.

AT&T is one of the world's leading providers of global networking, high-speed Internet, local- and long-distance, directory publishing and advertising services. It owns 60 percent of Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 wireless carrier in the United States.

Published January 16, 2006 by the San Antonio Business Journal

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From: Bennitto2/7/2006 9:19:41 PM
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Google, Skype in Startup to Link Hotspots
Sunday February 5, 10:07 pm ET
By Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer
Google and Skype Invest in Startup to Link Hotspots and Help Owners Charge for Wi-Fi Access

NEW YORK (AP) -- Google Inc. and eBay Inc.'s Skype are investing in a startup that plans to help hotspot owners charge for Wi-Fi access, a plan that could face significant opposition from Internet service providers.

The Internet heavyweights were joined by venture capital firms Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital in making a $22 million investment in FON, the Spanish startup. In its announcement Sunday, FON did not say how much each investor was contributing.

FON's idea, floated just three months ago in a Web posting by founder Martin Varsavsky, is to sign up people who have Wi-Fi hotspots in one of two ways.

"Linus" members, named after Linus Torvalds, who created the freely distributed Linux software, will share their hotspot with other Linus members for free.

"Bill" members, named after Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, will charge for access to their hotspot. FON will get some of that revenue, and share it with Internet service providers, or ISPs.

The network has gained 3,000 Linus members since going live in November. There is no software yet for Bill members, but Varsavsky expects it to be ready within four months. Linus software is so far only available for Wi-Fi routers from Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc.

FON faces a hurdle in that most ISPs prohibit subscribers from sharing internet access with people outside their household. Many broadband subscribers share their access now for free, though, and it's hard for Internet service providers to stop them.

Traffic from a FON-connected hotspot would be easy for an ISP to identify, said Glen Fleishman, editor of the Wi-Fi Networking News site, because users have to authenticate themselves at a FON server.

Varsavsky wants to partner with ISPs to get them to allow their subscribers to set up FON hotspots. It has signed up a Swedish ISP, Glocalnet, and is in discussions with U.S. companies.

To win over the ISPs, Varsavsky points out that Linus members need Internet service to be Linus members.

"So in fact, FON is an incentive to become a customer of an ISP," he said.

Mark Harrad, a spokesman at Time Warner Cable, said the company was not aware of FON's plans. Its terms of service prohibit its 4.8 million residential broadband subscribers from sharing their connection outside the household.

Representatives at Google did not return messages seeking comment on the search engine's investment in FON.

Skype's Internet telephone service works over wireless connections, and a cell-phone-like device is in the works to take advantage of that fact.

"FON has a great idea to help people share Wi-Fi with one another to build a global unified broadband network, and were happy to lend support," Skype Chief Executive Niklas Zennstrom said in a statement.

FON's idea is not entirely novel -- in fact, several companies and associations have tried to tie together free Wi-Fi hotspots into networks, but none has succeeded on a large scale.

"The problem with all these free projects is that they fail because everybody wants to be a freeloader and nobody wants to provide Wi-Fi," said Varsavsky. FON, on the other hand, demands reciprocal sharing from its Linus users.

There are also commercial Wi-Fi networks built by T-Mobile USA and Boingo Wireless Inc. with hotspots in more than 50,000 locations. Varsavsky hopes to have a much larger network by the end of the year because FON doesn't have to create the hotspots by itself.

Fleishman said FON has a chance to reach a critical mass of users, but it will be competing with free or low-cost municipal Wi-Fi networks in several cities. Google has itself offered to build a free Wi-Fi network to cover San Francisco.

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To: Bennitto who wrote (14)4/5/2006 12:04:02 PM
From: Joe Wagner
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High Speed Internet is really coming down in price. This could be very positive for the Internet Equipment Manufacturers & Google.

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To: Joe Wagner who wrote (16)4/5/2006 3:16:21 PM
From: Bennitto
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And Yahoo!

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From: Lerandia5/30/2006 10:20:02 AM
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Just as a note of interest; in the earnings conference call the company was far more bullish than the media expected and discussed some new issues as well.

If anyone is interested, let me know & I will send you the link.

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To: Bennitto who wrote (15)6/1/2006 5:36:41 PM
From: joseffy
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BBC to take on Google and AOL
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dailymail.co.uk

31st May 2006

The BBC has outlined the scale of its global ambitions after the director-general said its aim was to rival internet giants Google and AOL.

Mark Thompson said the BBC was the only European brand with the clout to take on the American media giants.

Although he insisted that any international expansion would not be funded by the licence fee, critics claim it will inevitably rely indirectly on the tax on television sets.

His announcement will further alarm the BBC's domestic competitors such as Sky, BT and ITV who are already unhappy by what they say are the Corporation's expansionist tendencies.

The BBC has long had a strong global presence thanks to the BBC World Service, the radio service which is funded by the Foreign Office and broadcasts in 33 languages.

The authoritative reputation of the Corporation's TV and radio news has also helped with the growth of BBC News online - which is now the sixth most popular website in the world - while BBC America, its US television channel, reaches 45m homes via cable.

In a bid to beef up the BBC's international presence its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is set to launch a new advertising-funded website BBC.com - which will be accessible only outside the UK - later this year.

It is also looking to buy up existing businesses including video-on-demand services while the Corporation's technicians are currently working on their own internet search engine which would be a direct rival to Google.

Other avenues being explored include buying up foreign magazine publishers in a bid to replicate the success of the BBC's own UK titles such as Top Gear and the Radio Times, and increasing the number of overseas BBC channels - such as BBC America - so that the Corporation is better able to make money out of hit shows such as The Office and Strictly Come Dancing.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Thompson said: 'The BBC is the only European brand that could take on Google and AOL.'

But he insisted that the Corporation's plans was no different from any other media organisation in looking to explore new ways to growth.

'You won't find a single commercial organisation on the planet which is ruling out any distribution technology and the BBC's thinking in the same way that everyone else is really.

'There are some areas where we are quite cutting edge, such as on-demand over the web. Other areas, like mobile, we are in the pack.

'But we're doing no more than any other media organisation in the world is doing.'

But critics and competitors claim the BBC's global growth is founded on its guaranteed licence fee revenue - around £2.9bn last year.

The BBC is currently waiting to hear what its next licence fee settlement will be.

It has asked for the licence fee to grow at twice the rate of inflation over the next seven years - to £180 by 2013 - although rivals such as ITV claim its bid is based on 'back-of-a-fag packet' calculations.

Other British media companies have been frantically trying to adapt to sweeping technological changes such as the internet and digital television.

BT, for example, is moving away from being just a traditional telephone company and has started offering its customers TV and video-on-demand services too, while Sky has bought a broadband company to add to its main business as a satellite television broadcaster.

Google and AOL, part of Time Warner, are two of the biggest media companies in the world with stock market values of £60bn and £39bn respectively.

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To: Bennitto who wrote (17)6/2/2006 4:36:25 PM
From: joseffy
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Journalists union calls for Yahoo boycott

Technology News
Fri Jun 2, 2006
By Jeffrey Goldfarb

LONDON (Reuters) - The union representing journalists in the UK and Ireland called on its 40,000 members to boycott all Yahoo Inc. products and services to protest the Internet company's reported actions in China.

The National Union of Journalists said it sent a letter on Friday to Dominique Vidal, Yahoo Europe's vice president, denouncing the company for allegedly providing information to Chinese authorities about journalists. The union also said it would stop using all Yahoo-operated services.

Yahoo has been cited in court decisions as supplying China's government with information to help them identify, prosecute and jail writers advocating democracy.

"The NUJ regards Yahoo!'s actions as a completely unacceptable endorsement of the Chinese authorities," wrote Jemima Kiss, chairman of the NUJ new media council in the letter to Vidal.

A Yahoo spokeswoman in San Francisco could not immediately be reached.

Yahoo Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Semel said last month the company had no choice but to comply with local laws and did not have the power to change Chinese policy. He added that he was seeking help from the U.S. government to urge China to allow more media freedom.

The company has been accused by the NUJ and other journalism groups of providing records that led to an eight-year prison term for Li Zhi for discussing pro-democracy issues in a Web forum and of helping identify Shi Tao, who was sentenced to prison for 10 years for forwarding a government email to the foreign press.

Kiss said the NUJ was advising all members, who include reporters, editors, photographers and illustrators, to boycott Yahoo until the company "changes its irresponsible and unethical policy".

Other Internet companies also have come under fire lately for some actions in China, including Google Inc. for saying it would block politically sensitive terms on its Web site in the country and Microsoft's MSN for shutting down a blog under Chinese government orders.

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