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A Stunning Map of AT&T's Phone Network from 1891

Today, AT&T is regularly listed as one of the most hated companies in the United States. But back in 1891, two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, the company was just taking its first steps. This map of its network from that year is just beautiful. Think of it as AT&T’s baby picture. » 7/15/15 8:00pm 7/15/15 8:00pm

AT&T Thinks Shitty Internet For Poor Families Will Help Its Merger 

AT&T is trying to acquire DirecTV, a deal worth some $67 billion that would create a soul-sucking leviathan telecoms company. The deed is all but done, and just awaiting FCC approval — something AT&T is hoping to help along by (temporarily) offering (shitty) internet to low-income families. » 7/07/15 10:25pm 7/07/15 10:25pm

Here's Another Way That AT&T Is Screwing Over Its Customers

I recently renewed my AT&T contract, and it was a big mistake. Sure, the company gave me a little discount on a new iPhone that I very much enjoy. However, we also know AT&T gives millions of customers a bullshit deal when it sells them “unlimited” data service but later throttles that data to an extreme degree.… » 6/17/15 5:45pm 6/17/15 5:45pm

This 1993 AT&T Concept Video Predicted Skype's New Translator App

You can keep your flying cars and jetpacks. The real sign that we’re living in the future? Easy: real-time language translation. Skype just put its version into wide release. But effortless translation is something we’ve been waiting on for quite some time, as you can see from this 1993 clip of an AT&T concept video… » 5/12/15 4:12pm 5/12/15 4:12pm

RadioShack Selling Customer Data In Bankruptcy Auction

RadioShack's recent bankruptcy filing means that it has to close nearly 2,000 stores and sell off many of its assets. Some of those assets are to be expected, like trademarks and store leases. But other assets might come as a shock to consumers — assets like personal customer information and email addresses. » 3/24/15 7:00pm 3/24/15 7:00pm

The Lamest Official Reactions Against Net Neutrality

Let's all agree on one thing: The Federal Communications Commission passing the strongest net neutrality rules in America's history is a step in the right direction. But that didn't stop an army of naysayers from crowing about an imaginary government takeover of the internet or how the new plan would slash their… » 2/27/15 10:00am 2/27/15 10:00am

Carriers Now Have to Agree to Unlock Your Phone Once the Contract's Paid

In the past, one of the most obnoxious things about buying a phone on contract was how carriers could allow or deny requests to unlock it, even after you paid it off. But starting today, once you've paid off your contract or owned a pre-paid phone for a year, all major US carriers have to unlock your phone for you if… » 2/11/15 12:53pm 2/11/15 12:53pm

Did the Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It's a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let's be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy. » 2/04/15 3:09pm 2/04/15 3:09pm

The mind-boggling manufacturing process of electronic phone switchers

The Hello Machine is a fascinating short film directed in 1974 by Carroll Ballard. It shows the mind-boggling process of making AT&T's Electronic Switch System mainframe by hand, a formidable machine was built after 20 years of research and spending 500 million dollars—2,4 billion in 2014 dollars! » 1/15/15 7:51am 1/15/15 7:51am