The Federal Communications Commission has asked AT&T to provide details on how the telecom plans to proceed on its fiber-optic deployments as well as the program's profitability. In a letter sent to AT&T on Friday, officials also asked for information about its stated commitments related to the pending purchase of DIRECTV. The request came after AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said uncertainty about Open Internet rules could slow the company's fiber expansion investments.
The Public Utilities Commission yesterday began a probe into SBC Pacific Bell's planned job cuts to ascertain whether the downsizing would affect telephone service in the state negatively or positively. SBC said it planned to cut as many as 3,000 jobs from its California division.
Current incarnations of Wi-Fi may be vulnerable to hacking, but companies are working to shore up their networks. Industry group Wi-Fi Alliance says it is readying a new, secure system, called Wi-Fi Protected Access, which could be up and running by next year.
SBC Ameritech yesterday said it is withdrawing its request to charge rival companies higher fees to use its phone network. Separately, AT&T asked the FCC to eliminate fees levied by local phone companies for competitors to use their phone lines.