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AT&T's 'Exciting' Experiment: Kill Town's Landline

What's happening in Carbon Hill, Ala., a sign of things to come nationwide

(Newser) - Some 40% of US households no longer use landline phones, and in an Alabama town, they could soon disappear entirely. In what the Wall Street Journal calls an "experiment," AT&T is looking to rid the town—as well as part of Delray Beach, Fla.—of landlines... More »

AOL Weighs Breakup, Yahoo Merger

Internet firm could split dial-up, advertising arms

(Newser) - As AOL shifts to focus on content, the Internet firm is considering breaking off its dial-up Internet service arm and then merging with Yahoo, insiders tell Reuters . Yahoo hasn’t been contacted about the plan, which echoes a move Time Warner considered in 2008 and 2009 before spinning off AOL.... More »

Hopes for Wifi Cities Fizzling Fast

Earthlink, other providers pull out amid rising costs

(Newser) - Hopes for wireless cities are flickering out one by one as Internet providers run up against mounting logistics and small profits, the New York Times reports. Ambitious plans to provide free or cheap high-speed service to poor residents of cities such as Philadelphia, Houston, and San Francisco have ground to... More »

Small Company Promises SF Free WiFi

New idea could help startup succeed where Google failed

(Newser) - A tiny startup has a plan to blanket San Francisco with free Internet access and revive the floundering municipal wireless concept. Meraki Networks hopes to enlist city residents to install free radio repeaters atop their homes, which would be simpler and cheaper than placing them on public property, as Google... More »

EarthLink Slashing Half Its Workforce

New CEO cuts 900 in push to 'rightsize' struggling business

(Newser) - EarthLink will slash half its workforce after months of losses, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Atlanta-based company will cut 900 jobs, closing offices in six cities. The massive downsizing comes just two months after Rolla P. Huff took over as chief executive of the internet pioneer, which has been overtaken... More »

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