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March 31, 2009 by

Voda/Hutch merger rattles ACCC

Australia's competition watchdog tonight issued a strongly worded statement of concern that the proposed merger of mobile carriers Hutchison and Vodafone could lead to increased retail prices on mobile telephony and broadband services.

May 30, 2002 by

United Online expands Juno broadband

United Online on Thursday announced the launch of its Juno Broadband service in Indianapolis and in Nashville, Tenn., as part of its deal to use cable systems from Comcast. United Online, which provides low-priced Internet access through its NetZero and Juno services teamed up with Comcast in February to provide broadband access. Thursday's announcement marks the first implementation of the deal. The services will run over the cable systems of Comcast, which also provides its own broadband services, and which is seeking regulatory approval for a merger with AT&T Broadband, the telecom giant's cable assets. Two pricing plans will be available: Juno Basic Broadband, at $39.95 per month, and Juno Platinum Broadband, at $44.90 per month. Cable companies have been shifting toward tiered pricing plans to help lure more dial-up customers to the higher-margin broadband services. --Tiffany Kary, Special to ZDNet News

March 1, 2002 by

Lights out forever at Excite@Home

Stacks of disassembled office furniture, rows of boxed computers and a bright yellow moving truck idling in front of the company's headquarters marked the final chapter of high-speed Internet provider Excite@Home, which ceased operations at midnight Thursday. Few employees or customers could have imagined that Excite@Home would come to this. Venture capitalists and executives created Excite@Home in January 1999, when Web portal completed a $6.7 billion merger with @Home--the largest deal between Internet companies. The company provided the optical backbone for its cable partners, and it eventually amassed 4.1 million subscribers--45 percent of Americans with home broadband access. --Alorie Gilbert and Rachel Konrad, Special to ZDNet News

February 7, 2002 by

AT&T Broadband phones St. Paul

AT&T Broadband announced Wednesday that it now provides local and long-distance phone service to customers in St.Paul, Minn.--a move that puts the cable TV and Internet access provider in direct competition with local phone companies like Qwest Communications International. AT&T Broadband now offers customers a single telephone line for $14.75 a month, which includes free installation, two months of free voice mail and a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Cable TV provider Comcast and AT&T Broadband are seeking government approval for their merger, a deal that would give the united company more than 21 million customers and access to 38 million households. AT&T Broadband ended the year with 1.01 million broadband telephony customers, compared to 544,000 at the same time a year ago. --Sam Ames, Special to ZDNet News

September 10, 2001 by

AOL-AT&T combo has politics on its side

A few votes in Florida last year may have cleared the way for a potential blockbuster deal between AOL Time Warner and AT&T Broadband. As rumors escalate about a possible merger or major investment involving Internet and media giant AOL Time Warner and Ma Bell's cable TV unit, AT&T Broadband, recent shifts in the political landscape in Washington, D.


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