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AT&T U-verse

AT&T U-verse called U-verse, was an AT&T brand of triple-play telecommunications services, although the brand is now only used in reference to the IPTV service. Launched on June 26, 2006, U-verse included broadband Internet, IP telephone, IPTV services in 48 states. In September 2016, AT&T announced that the "U-verse" brand would no longer apply to its broadband and phone services, renaming them "AT&T Internet" and "AT&T Phone", respectively. SBC announced its plans for a fiber-optic network and Internet Protocol television deployment in 2004 and unveiled the name "U-verse" for the suite of network services in 2005. SBC became AT&T in late 2005, the AT&T name was applied for the service. Beta testing began in San Antonio in 2005 and AT&T U-verse was commercially launched June 26, 2006, in San Antonio. A few months on November 30, 2006, the service was launched in Houston. In December 2006, the product launched in Chicago, San Francisco, Hartford and other cities in their vicinities. In February 2007, U-verse was launched in Milwaukee.

One month service was initiated in Dallas and Kansas City. In May 2007, U-verse launched in Detroit, Los Angeles, surrounding areas. Launch continued in Cleveland and San Diego in June 2007; the Oklahoma City and Sacramento launches occurred in August 2007. In November 2007, service was started in Austin. In December 2007, U-verse was launched in St. Louis. A controlled launch was initiated in Atlanta that month marking the first launch in the Southeastern United States. On December 22, 2008, the product debuted in Birmingham. On January 25, 2010, AT&T announced. AT&T Phone was added on January 22, 2008, was first available in Detroit. In 2008, U-verse availability approached 8 million households and over 225,000 customers had been enrolled, with new installations reaching 12,000 per week. By 2009, 1 million Phone customers and 2.1 million U-verse TV customers had been enrolled. At the end of 2011, U-verse was available to more than 30 million living units in 22 states and U-verse TV had 3.8 million customers.

By mid-2012, AT&T had 4.1 million U-Verse TV subscribers, 2.6 million Phone subscribers, 6.5 million Internet subscribers. By the third quarter of 2012, AT&T had 4.3 million TV subscribers, 2.7 million Phone subscribers and 7.1 million Internet. This represents 7% growth quarter on quarter; the actual number of customers is lower, as most customers subscribe to a bundle and so are counted in both categories. At an analyst meeting in August 2015, following AT&T's acquisition of satellite provider DirecTV, AT&T announced plans for a new "home entertainment gateway" platform that will converge DirecTV and U-verse around a common platform based upon DirecTV hardware with "very thin hardware profiles". AT&T Entertainment and Internet Services CEO John Stankey explained that the new platform would offer "single truck roll installation for multiple products, live local streaming, improved content portability, over-the-top integration for mobile broadband, user interface re-engineering."In February 2016, Bloomberg reported that AT&T was in the process of phasing out the U-verse IPTV service by encouraging new customers to purchase DirecTV satellite service instead, by ending the production of new set-top boxes for the service.

An AT&T spokesperson denied that U-verse was being shut down and explained that the company was "leading its video marketing approach with DirecTV" to "realize the many benefits" of the purchase, but would still recommend U-verse TV if it better-suited a customer's needs. AT&T CFO John Stephens had previously stated that DirecTV's larger subscriber base as a national service gave the service a higher degree of leverage in negotiating carriage deals, thus resulting in lower content costs. On March 29, 2016, AT&T announced that it would increase data caps on its Internet service on May 23, 2016. On May 16, 2016, AT&T acquired Quickplay Media, a cloud-based platform that powers over-the-top video services. On September 19, 2016, AT&T announced that the "U-verse" brand would no longer apply to its broadband and phone services, renaming them "AT&T Internet" and "AT&T Phone", respectively. AT&T adopted "AT&T Fiber" as the new brand name for its fiber-based internet service, with the "AT&T Internet" brand continuing to be used for its DSL internet service.

On April 25, 2017, AT&T reported that it had lost 233,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2017. In selected markets, AT&T began to replace AT&T U-verse TV with a new service based on its DirecTV Now platform, AT&T TV, in August 2019. AT&T delivers most U-verse service over a fiber-to-the-node or fiber-to-the-premises communications network. In the more common FTTN deployment, fiber-optic connections carry all data between the service provider and a distribution node; the remaining run from the node to the network interface device in the customer's home uses a copper-wire current loop, traditionally part of the PSTN. In more constructed housing developments, AT&T uses an FTTP deployment—they run fiber-optic cable from their DSLAM all the way to an optical network terminal in the customer's home. In areas where AT&T deploys U-verse through FTTN, they use High-speed digital subscriber lines with ADSL2+ or VDSL technology. Service offerings depend on the customer's distance to an available port in the distribution node, or the central office.

To qualify for U-verse TV service, the customer must be less than 3500 feet from a

Halfshire

Halfshire was one of the hundreds in the English county of Worcestershire. As three of the five hundreds in the county were jurisdictions exempt from the authority of the sheriff, the hundred was considered to be half what was subject to his jurisdiction, whence the name; the hundred seems to have been formed in the mid-12th century, by amalgamating the Domesday hundreds of Came, Clent and Esch, other than those parts where an ecclesiastical exempt jurisdiction existed, which were joined to the appropriate ecclesiastical hundreds about the same time. Anciently, it contained the following manors: Belbroughton, Bentley Pauncefoot, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, Church Lench, Cofton Hackett, Doverdale, Dudley, Elmley Lovett, Frankley, Hagley, Kingsford, Kings Norton, Lutley, Oldswinford, Over Mitton, Rushock, Stone, Upton Warren, Warley Wigorn. Of these and Church Lench were exclaves. Feckenham and Bentley Pauncefoot were nearly exclaves until Tardebigge was added, it contained the extra-parochial places of Crutch, Grafton Manor, Westwood Park.

By the late 17th century the hundred was administered in two divisions. The court for the lower division met at Churchill "under a great tree"; the following map and accompanying table is a breakdown of the exclaves and parishes incorporated into Halfshire hundred between 1844 and the creation of the district council structure in 1894. For clarity, the map and table includes Halfshire's own parishes that were enclaves of other Worcestershire hundreds, the location of Upper Arley's inclusion in 1895. Victoria County History, volume 3, 1-4

National Toy Hall of Fame

The National Toy Hall of Fame is an American hall of fame that recognizes the contributions of toys and games that have sustained their popularity for many years. Criteria for induction include: icon status. Established in 1998 under the direction of Ed Sobey, it was housed at A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village in Salem, United States, but was moved to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, in 2002 after it outgrew its original home. Seventy-two toys have been enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame: The following toys were added in 2008:The Stick: Curators praised the stick for its all-purpose, no-cost, recreational qualities, noting its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed in myriad ways by a child's creativity; the Baby Doll The Skateboard The following toys were added in 2009: The following toys were added in 2010: The following toys were added in 2011: The following toys were added in 2012: The following toys were added in 2013: The following toys were added in 2014: The following toys were added in 2015: The following toys were added in 2016: The following toys were added in 2017: The following toys were added in 2018: Toy Industry Hall of Fame, recognizing the contributions of toy-makers.

List of toys and children's media awards National Toy Hall of Fame at Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY Raggedy Ann Inducted in the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002