October 26, 1999 |
GTE Corp. accused cable operators AT&T Corp. and Comcast Corp. in an antitrust lawsuit of illegally forcing customers to buy Internet access from their affiliate, squelching competition from rivals such as GTE's Internetworking unit. GTE, a local telephone company and an Internet service provider, said AT&T and Comcast required cable customers to buy Excite@Home Corp.'s service as a condition for getting installation of Internet modems on their cable boxes.
June 9, 1998 |
EarthLink Network Inc. completed its purchase of Sprint Corp.'s consumer Internet business, catapulting the company into the biggest league of Internet service providers with 680,000 customers. The $24-million deal, announced in February, gave the Westwood, Kan.-based long-distance giant a 28% interest in the Pasadena company. Sprint will market a co-branded EarthLink Sprint Internet service to its long-distance customers and in 6,000 Radio Shack outlets, where Sprint sells PCS wireless service.
April 10, 2004 |
A court ruling that could have forced cable companies to offer customers a choice of Internet service providers was suspended Friday while regulators and cable companies appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Friday that it granted petitions from the Federal Communications Commission and cable companies for a stay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2000
Ending with a whimper a debate that opened with a bang more than a year ago, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to approve a policy of requiring cable companies with city franchises to allow Internet service providers to offer services over their cables. The final vote was 10-0, with one council member absent and four forced to recuse themselves because they own stocks in one of the many high-tech or communications companies affected by the issue.
March 30, 2001 |
After a last-ditch fund-raising effort fell apart, bankrupt NorthPoint Communications Inc. late Wednesday began shutting down its high-speed Internet network, cutting off service to tens of thousands of customers nationwide. Emeryville, Calif.-based NorthPoint and its bankers rejected an offer from a coalition of Internet service providers to fund NorthPoint's network operations until users could be shifted to other carriers. More than 100,000 U.S.
June 24, 1996 |
Netcom On-Line Communication Services Inc.'s network-wide outage last week serves as a warning sign of the difficulties even the largest Internet service providers face in meeting soaring growth rates. The San Jose-based Internet access provider said the outage--which lasted more than 13 hours, including the "prime time" for home usage on Tuesday evening--had ended by Wednesday morning, but acknowledged it was an embarrassment that could hurt its reputation.
March 15, 2002 |
In a bid to accelerate the roll-out of high-speed Internet service, federal regulators Thursday permanently exempted cable Internet companies from a federal law that requires telecommunications carriers to open their networks to rivals. The industry had been gripped with uncertainty about how high-speed cable Internet service, or broadband, might be regulated by the government after the Federal Trade Commission forced AOL Time Warner Inc.
April 21, 2014 |
Higher prices are the new black for Netflix. The Los Gatos, Calif., streaming video company plans to raise prices for new customers by $1 or $2 a month this quarter, the company said Monday in its quarterly earnings release. Existing customers will continue to pay the current prices for "a generous time period," the company said. Access to the company's streaming video library currently costs $7.99 a month for suscribers in the United States, and Netflix has been experimenting with pricing models as it spends to improve its selection of movies and television shows and builds out its slate of original content.
March 1, 2002
In 1996, members of Congress virtually wrapped themselves in the American flag while passing a telecommunications bill that they said would help the little guy. What a shock that the opposite happened. Consumers saw their phone, cable and high-speed Internet rates increase, and existing providers strengthened their monopolies. Now, the same ruse has returned.
March 26, 1997 |
More than 2.3 million California households are dialing into the Internet, and those connections account for 27% of all residential phone use in California, according to a study released Tuesday by Pacific Telesis Group in support of its request to charge fees for access to the global computer network.