Posts from June, 2011

Community Broadband Summits Happening Now in Oregon



Community Broadband Summits Happening Now in Oregon

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) and OneEconomy are hosting a series of Community Broadband Summits (CBS) to gather information about broadband adoption and technology in communities throughout Oregon. OneEconomy is a global non-profit organization that has been working closely with the OPUC, Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and other groups to develop the Oregon Broadband Mapping Project which we wrote about in February this year. The information collected throughout the CBS process and from… Full Post >>

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Posts from May, 2011

Consumer Protection Issues in the Mobile Marketplace



On May 19, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a press release summarizing its Prepared Statement on Consumer Protection Issues in the Mobile Marketplace to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.


The prepared statement from the FTC was given by David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The FTC press release states that, “while mobile technology, such as smart phones, is giving consumers a vast array of new products and services, it… Full Post >>

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Update on the AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA



Update on the AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA

Earlier today, The US House Judiciary Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee held a hearing “How Will the Proposed Merger Between AT&T and T-Mobile Affect Wireless Telecommunications Competition?” Following is a summary on what has happened since the merger was first announced.


On March 20, AT&T announced that it will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion.  Before this merger can be completed, it must be approved by both the Federal Communications Commission… Full Post >>

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CenturyLink Introduction Meeting



CenturyLink Introduction Meeting

On Wednesday, May 19th, 2011, the CUB Connects Team attended the presentation to the League of Oregon Cities by CenturyLink at the Salem Convention Center to discuss how the recently approved merger of CenturyTel and Qwest will affect Oregon cities and consumers.

The merger was approved on March 24, 2011, by the Oregon Public Utility Commission. This was the first meeting since the approval that we’ve been able to learn how the merger will affect Oregon customers of both CenturyTel and Qwest.

For now, the most noticeable… Full Post >>

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Keep an Eye on Your Phone, Internet and Cable Bills for Unwarranted Charges



Keep an Eye on Your Phone, Internet and Cable Bills for Unwarranted Charges

This week I received a bill from my cable and internet service provider, and noticed an extra charge that I didn’t think should have been there. I had recently upgraded my service, in order to save some money. The provider’s current promotion actually made it less expensive to sign up for both cable TV and broadband internet, than to just have internet (of course, only for the first six months; I need to remember to call after six months to… Full Post >>

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Study Shows Increase In Cell Phone-Only Households



Study Shows Increase In Cell Phone-Only Households

Does your home have a landline?

If you are like 30.6% of Oregon households that are “wireless only”, then the answer is no. Oregon is at the forefront of a national trend that has seen a transition away from residential landlines to an increasing number of households that exclusively use cell phones. According to a report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)  , “As of the first half of 2010, more than one in four American households (26.6%) had only wireless telephones— an… Full Post >>

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Posts from April, 2011

CUB featured on KOIN 6!



CUB featured on KOIN 6!

On Monday, April 25 KOIN TV’s Lisa Balick visited the CUB Connects office to find out more about our consumer education project. After a walkthrough of the website with Portlander Aaron Bannister and interviews with the CUB Connects staff, the news team headed back to their office to produce a Consumer Alert for the nightly news. Check out the fabulous news story telling Oregonians about CUB Connects!

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AT&T Preparing to Buy T-Mobile



Today, AT&T Inc. announced that they will be acquiring T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. The deal has been approved by both companies but has yet to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the regulatory body who will assess the acquisition contract, make necessary changes and provide conditions that the companies must follow before they approve the agreement. CUB Connects will make sure to stay up-to-date with the acquisition and inform consumers of any details or advances in the process that may affect current AT&T or T-Mobile… Full Post >>

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Posts from March, 2011

Analyzing the Comcast Letter Targeting Qwest Customers



Analyzing the Comcast Letter Targeting Qwest Customers

This week, many customers in areas served by both Comcast and Qwest received a letter from Comcast offering a special promotional deal to sign up for Comcast Xfinity TV with Internet Service for $19.95 for six months.


This letter specifically references the recently approved merger between Qwest and CenturyLink, enticing Qwest customers to “ask yourself, are you really satisfied with Qwest? And how much do you know about CenturyLink?”


If you’re a Qwest customer or have considered switching, you probably know very… Full Post >>

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Posts from February, 2011

What has CUB Connects been up to?



What has CUB Connects been up to?

On January 25th, 2011 the CUBConnects project team presented to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) in Salem at the commission’s monthly public meeting.  CUB’s Executive Director, Bob Jenks, opened the presentation with comments about the incredible number of telecom and internet plans available to Oregon consumers and the enormity of the project.  Although the website accurately provides consumers with details and comparisons of plans, Bob pondered that maybe CUB wouldn’t have taken on the project if he had known how much it entailed.  But, when… Full Post >>

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