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Analyst Craig Moffett predicts Dish Network could face bankruptcy within six months

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Craig Moffett, a senior managing director at MoffettNathanson, has issued a stark forecast for Dish Network, predicting potential bankruptcy within the next four to six months. This marks his first specific timeline following three years of warnings about the company’s financial health. The prediction followed EchoStar’s first-quarter earnings announcement on May 8, where the financial strain on Dish Network, despite …

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Forget the filters: In earnings call Viavi CEO Khaykin delivers a dose of harsh reality about infrastructure builds

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In a refreshing twist from the typical earnings call script, Viavi Solutions Inc.’s President and CEO, Oleg Khaykin, left analysts and investors buzzing with straightforward commentary during Thursday’s Q3 FY24 earnings discussion. Departing from the usually reserved tone of such calls, Khaykin’s blunt assertion, “Money talks and bullshit walks,” underscored his frustration with the prevailing cautious spending behaviors among Tier …

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Maui Files lawsuit against Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Spectrum Mobile over failed alerts during deadly fires

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Maui County has launched a lawsuit against several major wireless service providers, accusing them of failing to notify emergency management officials of network outages during the devastating wildfires on August 8, 2023, which resulted in the deaths of at least 101 people. The lawsuit was filed in Maui Circuit Court and details how the alleged communication failures hindered evacuation efforts …

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FCC targets AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon for illegal data sharing, fining them $200 million

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed fines totaling nearly $200 million on leading U.S. wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon for unlawfully sharing customer location data without proper consent and adequately protecting this sensitive information. The fines stem from the carriers’ practices of selling access to this data to aggregators, who subsequently resold it to third-party service providers, …

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Following Good Friday was AT&T’s bad Saturday: The dark web could have 73 million of their customers’ information

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On Saturday, while over 80% of Americans were preparing for their Easter celebration of light, almost eight million people received an unwelcome email from AT&T that their personal information may be on the dark web. AT&T has initiated an in-depth investigation into a significant data breach that resulted in the personal information of millions of its customers being leaked on …

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T-Mobile gets green light to appeal antitrust standing in Sprint class action lawsuit

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This week, Illinois U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin has given T-Mobile the green light to appeal a potentially costly class-action lawsuit stemming from its $26 billion merger with Sprint, completed in 2020. The suit, brought forward by subscribers of AT&T and Verizon, alleges that the merger significantly reduced competition in the wireless market, compelling AT&T and Verizon to hike their …

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New ADA lawsuit tells American Tower, T-Mobile and AT&T to relocate their tower or reconfigure their network with beamforming antennas

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After American Tower, AT&T, and T-Mobile did not respond by February 1, 2024, to Duluth, Minnesota resident Marcia Haller’s request to mitigate RF levels that continued to make her ill at her home (as detailed on February 29, 2024, by Wireless Estimator), and caused 51 strokes, her attorneys, being paid by the Children’s Health Defense’s Electromagnetic Radiator & Wireless program, filed …

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Deputies bust dad on his bring your son to work day at tower site; multi-site copper thief gets probation

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Two North Carolina men, a father and son team, are facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing transmission lines from a cell site tower in eastern Richmond County for their copper value. According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) press statement released on March 4, 2024, deputies responded to a call about the cutting and theft of copper …

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Having to sleep in a Faraday cage, Minnesota couple threatens ATC, T-Mobile and AT&T with a lawsuit

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In 2008, Marcia and Jason Haller moved into their newly constructed home with an oversized free-standing garage in a peaceful setting in a rural area just north of Duluth, Minnesota. Within months, Minnesota Tower, Inc. erected a 295-foot guyed tower on leased land approximately 1,300 feet from Haller’s home, which was approved for construction by the FCC in 2007. Although …

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North Carolina copper theft suspect’s spree against AT&T ended in December but charges keep coming in

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A 36-year-old Balsam Grove, North Carolina man facing 47 charges in Henderson County, North Carolina, also faces eight more charges in Buncombe County as investigators look into incidents of coaxial cable theft from cell towers. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office announced last week that Vincent DePaul was accused of stealing transmission lines from cell phone towers. After a month-long investigation, …

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AT&T’s sudden move to oust maintenance contractors could threaten FirstNet’s resilience

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For the past decade and more, AT&T has cultivated strong relationships with some of the nation’s most skilled contractors. In return, these contractors have provided AT&T with on-call maintenance crews capable of handling nearly every aspect of their network needs, often with an almost intuitive understanding. They know that troubleshooting a sector is quite distinct from building one and America’s …

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Verizon shareholder’s startling discovery: Lead cable-based lawsuit features him as the star plaintiff

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The same law firm that helped bring shareholder derivative class actions against AT&T and Verizon executives and board members last July for allegedly covering up their knowledge of abandoned toxic lead-laden telecom cables filed another suit in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey earlier this month on behalf of Verizon shareholder Wade Sarver against Verizon’s current Board of …

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AT&T and Duke Energy bury the hatchet and settle their FCC pole rate row before the Fourth Circuit

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With oral arguments before a three-judge appeals court for the Fourth Circuit set to begin on January 24, 2024, Duke Energy and AT&T have agreed to settle their disagreements against the FCC over a pole rate decision that both were concerned about for different reasons.  On November 18, 2022, in a unanimous vote, the FCC stood by its 2021 decision …

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Valmont initiates legal action against Better Metal for patent infringement

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Nebraska-based Valmont Industries, Inc. has taken legal action against Tennessee’s Better Metal, LLC, filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee. The lawsuit alleges that Better Metal has violated four of Valmont’s patents through the manufacturing and sale of comparable products. Valmont seeks a jury trial to recover damages resulting from the patent infringements, requesting an …

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SpaceX says AT&T and RWA’s opposition to satellite direct to cell is a ‘desperate 11th hour campaign’

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AT&T and the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) have coordinated “a desperate, 11th-hour campaign” to prevent SpaceX from testing its mobile coverage from space in partnership with T-Mobile with “baseless procedural claims while offering no substantive reasons” for denying its special temporary authority (STA) approval, SpaceX said in a filing with the FCC.  Although Dish isn’t a voting carrier member of RWA …

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Ohio tower technician succumbs from injuries following a 250-foot fall during an AT&T installation

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Services have been announced for Darren Bishop, 28, of Proctorville, OH, who passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, after falling approximately 250 feet off a 300-foot guyed tower in Huntsburg Township, OH. According to individuals knowledgeable of the incident, Bishop, employed by Overland Contracting, had been working on an AT&T overlay project managed by Black & Veatch when he …

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AT&T CEO says not to worry, but new Verizon lead cable lawsuit tackles climbers’ future harm

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AT&T’s CEO John Stankey said yesterday at a technology conference that tests conducted at several sites where the carrier has abandoned lead-clad cables have shown no risks of a public health crisis. His statement comes shortly after AT&T  and Verizon investors filed similar securities fraud lawsuits after The Wall Street Journal published articles exposing that toxic cables  are still in …

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Lawsuit relies upon Wall Street Journal reporting about toxic lead-sheathed cable buried underground

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UPDATE – August 2, 2023 – On Tuesday, Verizon investors filed a similar lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court to AT&T’s securities fraud lawsuit, stating the carrier lied about the health and safety risks associated with its network of lead-sheathed cables, leading to a decline in Verizon stock after The Wall Street Journal’s articles exposed the toxic cables that are still in …

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750 field services workers to be terminated by Ericsson; unprofitable contracts cited

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On Thursday afternoon, Ericsson’s U.S. field services employees were informed via a live webcast that the company will be shuttering its self-performing installations group by September 29, 2023, since the current market demand will no longer allow the company to justify the cost of maintaining crews. A Friday memo from the company’s People Operations Team made it official. Approximately 750 …

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AT&T says Mississippi county is stiffing it for relocation costs after they were forced off private property

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AT&T is suing Rankin County, MS, in U.S. District Court for Southern Mississippi, for relocation expenses incurred when the county required the carrier to move its distribution and other equipment for a road expansion project from a leased easement from a private property owner that it had acquired in 1991. AT&T alleges that after Rankin County announced that it would widen …