Posts by Bernie Arnason

Bernie is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Telecompetitor. Bernie follows the telecom industry closely and conducts and authors industry research and whitepapers, provides strategic consulting for clients, and develops compelling telecom mindshare.

Bernie is also the managing partner of Pivot Media LLC and a principal with Pivot Group LLC.

Bernie can be reached at bernie@pivot-media.com



Will New AT&T Business Fiber Push Help Clarify Google Fiber Business Services Plans?

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AT&T announced today a renewed focus on business class services with AT&T Business Fiber, which will use fiber-to-the-building technology to offer symmetrical broadband speeds of 25 Mbps to 300 Mbps. Eventually, AT&T Business Fiber will offer speeds of up to 1 Gbps. AT&T Business Fiber is under the umbrella of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, which...Learn More

Innovative Systems Enters Growing Broadband TV Market with Streaming TV Platform

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Broadband TV is on the rise and a growing number of vendors are now taking notice. South Dakota based software developer Innovative Systems (IS) is the latest example, with the launch of their Streaming TV platform. Broadband TV is broadband Internet delivered TV channels that can be viewed on an IP set-top-box (STB), like a...Learn More

Offering Broadband? Welcome to the Entertainment Business

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The intersection of broadband and entertainment has never been more evident. Yet while evident, the business case and implications for carriers are somewhat cloudy. There used to be very distinct lines. Service providers were traditional video providers through IPTV, or cable, or maybe even satellite partnerships. Most were also ISPs. Now the lines are blurring....Learn More

Hello GreatLand Connections, Cable’s Newest Competitor, Maybe

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To get ahead of regulator’s anti-trust concerns regarding the planned merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, a framework for a new cable MSO, made up from divested Comcast and Time Warner Cable properties, was formed. The new “SpinCo” is a complex transaction, including the divestment of Comcast and TWC properties, as well as swaps...Learn More

WOW! Business Services Growth Illustrates Growing Competitive Dynamic

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Like other cable MSOs, WOW! sees the business sector as a huge opportunity for growth. The Denver based service provider with operations in the Midwest and Southeast (through their Knology acquisition) has doubled their Huntsville, Alabama based business services customer service team to 60 employees. WOW! now serves enterprise, SMB, and wholesale customers in 19...Learn More

AT&T GigaPower Austin Gets the Gigabit Jump on Google Fiber

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AT&T announced that current Austin, Texas based subscribers to their 300 Mbps GigaPower Internet service will soon see upgrades that deliver 1 Gbps, fulfilling GigaPower’s initial launch promise. Existing customers will not need to do anything to receive the 1 Gbps upgrade. AT&T reacted quickly to Google’s announcement to bring Google Fiber to Austin, issuing...Learn More

Parks: Cloud DVR Sees Growing Interest, Legal Clarity

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The recent Aereo Supreme Court case, while not exactly positive for Aereo, may help drive cloud DVR adoption, according to Parks Associates’ Research Analyst Glenn Hower. And with growing interest in the application, video service providers “…can experiment with these cloud services as strategies to build subscriber loyalty and increase revenues.” Recent Parks’ research reveals...Learn More

A Gigabit Broadband Land Grab is Underway: Is it for Publicity or Subscribers?

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Blink and you might miss it. On Tuesday, we published a post outlining two gigabit broadband network announcements had occurred, and it was only the second day of the week. Almost as we hit publish on our blog, another gigabit announcement from AT&T occurred, putting San Antonio in their Gigapower sights. Now you can add...Learn More

Windstream REIT Spin-Off May Ignite Structural Separation Debate

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Windstream announced today their intention to spin off many of their network assets into a separate publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). The separate company will own Windstream’s existing fiber and copper networks, as well as other real estate assets. The transaction will allow Windstream to lower their debt by about $3.2 billion and...Learn More

BroadbandVision: It’s All About Broadband ROI and Perspective

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So much to learn, so little time. If you work in the broadband industry, I’m sure you can relate. There is no shortage of opportunities (which also have corresponding challenges), but the marketplace moves quickly, so you have to too. Picking and choosing the right opportunities is critical because there is much at risk. Building...Learn More

Consortium Launches New Home Networking Standard, Thread

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The growing momentum of home networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) trend has led to the development of a new wireless mesh networking standard for the home, called Thread. A consortium of companies, including Samsung, Nest Labs, ARM, Silicon Labs, and Big Ass Fans, announced the new initiative today. Thread is a low power,...Learn More

Parks: By 2016, 25% of Homes Will Have Streaming Media Player, Roku Market Share at 46%

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A new report from Parks Associates sheds light on the growing streaming media player market. By Parks estimates, 1 in 4 homes (25%) will have a streaming media player, sometimes referred to as an OTT set-top-box (STB) by 2016. These include players from Roku, Apple TV, and the latest from Amazon, Amazon Fire TV, among...Learn More