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.

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Add Salt Lake City to the Google Fiber Footprint, Takes on CenturyLink

Google announced Salt Lake City as their latest Google Fiber city today. Salt Lake City joins Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh as Google Fiber expansion cities. Google Fiber is already up and running in Austin, Kansas City, and Provo, Utah. “We’re looking forward to seeing Salt Lake residents use gigabit Internet to spark creative ideas,...Learn More

With New Skype for Business, Microsoft Set to Compete With Hosted PBX, UC

News from Microsoft illustrates a changing competitive environment. In this environment, a software company like Microsoft can more easily compete with a telecom carrier for hosted PBX or unified communications (UC) services. And that’s exactly what Microsoft intends to do with the new Skype for Business. Companies have had the ability to use Skype as...Learn More

Another Day, Another Streaming OTT Option – Today it’s PlayStation Vue

Sony took the wraps off its streaming OTT service today, PlayStation Vue, making it available in three markets, including Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. The latest OTT entrant will offer a streaming OTT channel line-up and VOD content for packages ranging from $50 to $70 per month. Sony joins Sling TV with an OTT streaming alternative...Learn More

While Sling TV Beefs up Streaming Content, Apple OTT Rumors Persist

By the end of 2015, we may have three OTT streaming services offering real alternatives to the traditional pay-TV model. Sling TV was first out of the gate and rumors about a looming Apple OTT streaming service persist, with the Wall Street Journal adding fuel to that rumor fire yesterday. Add the pending Sony OTT...Learn More

Rural Gigabit Certification is Next Chapter for Rural Smart Community Program

This week at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and Expo, NTCA previewed the latest chapter of their Smart Rural Community program. The initiative intends to add a Gigabit community certification program to this rural broadband program, which aims to foster economic and community development activity tied to the rural broadband networks built and maintained by...Learn More

Rapidly Changing OTT Video Keeps Traditional Service Providers Interested

Several recent developments in OTT video highlight the quickly changing nature of the TV business. These developments include more content for Sling TV, new news on the upcoming HBO OTT channel, and a new approach by NBCUniversal for OTT content. These and other developments have traditional video service providers and broadband carriers debating their role...Learn More

Frontier TiVo Deal Features OTT, Helps Blur the Lines Between Broadband and TV

Broadband service providers continue to look for ways to leverage TV and video services, blurring the traditional lines of what it means to be a TV provider. A combination of the growing availability of compelling content via OTT delivery and faster video enabling broadband services is redefining what it means to be a video service...Learn More

With the fring Alliance, Genband Hopes to Empower Carriers to Play in OTT World

Over-the-Top (OTT) services like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and others have long ridden communications service providers’ (CSPs) networks to reach end consumers with interactive communications applications. In so doing, they have cut into CSPs’ profits by lowering usage for text messaging, voice calls, conference calling, and other traditional CSP services. By one measure, OTT providers cost...Learn More

Windstream Targets E-Rate Funding for WiFi

The FCC recently revised the USF E-Rate program, which helps fund telecommunications services for schools, to focus more on broadband, and WiFi specifically. Windstream has taken notice and is targeting E-rate funding for WiFi, with a managed WiFi service. The new E-Rate focus makes about $1 billion available in funding for WiFi or other internal...Learn More

DSL: The New Dial-Up?

With the recent FCC definition of broadband changing to 25/3 Mbps, the impact on DSL based Internet services could be significant. Since potentially millions of DSL lines in the U.S. aren’t capable of 25/3 Mbps, by one definition, they are no longer broadband. Does that mean DSL should be considered the new dial-up Internet? The...Learn More

Add Nickelodeon OTT to the Growing List of Broadband Delivered OTT Channels

The list of mainstream traditional programming that will become available direct-to-consumer, without the need of a pay-TV subscription is growing. The popular children’s channel Nickelodeon is the latest to join this list, which also includes HBO, CBS, Showtime, Univison, and others. These moves illustrate a rapidly evolving pay-TV industry, creating more questions than answers regarding...Learn More

Google Fiber Expansion is Here, Four Additional Markets on Tap

Google will announce this week Google Fiber expansion plans to four additional markets, according to numerous reports, including the Wall Street Journal. The markets are all in the Southeast and include Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh. Google has not formally confirmed these reports, but has scheduled media events in all four cities. These four new...Learn More