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

AT&T Says Total DIRECTV NOW Subscribers Push Video Net Adds to 200K

In an 8-K filing with the SEC, AT&T revealed total DIRECTV NOW subscribers drove 200K net adds to their video portfolio, as of the end of 2016. The filing highlights an expected quarterly loss of $1 billion for AT&T, driven primarily by pension and benefits costs, according to the company. AT&T put significant emphasis on...Learn More

Mediacom Gigabit Footprint Now Includes All Iowa Territories

Nearly one million households in Iowa are now a part of the Mediacom gigabit footprint, the company announced today. Mediacom’s gigabit footprint expansion, code named Gigasphere, also touches portions of western Illinois. “Since 1999, Mediacom has invested $3 billion of private capital in Iowa to ensure that hard-working families throughout the Hawkeye State receive the...Learn More

Consolidated Cloud Services Adds Managed Security Platform

Consolidated Communications is adding a managed security offering to their Consolidated cloud services portfolio. The new managed security offering, Cloud Secure, will guard against a growing number of security risks and intrusions to data networks of business customers. “We are very excited to add Cloud Secure to our suite of cloud services helping businesses of...Learn More

Maine WISP, Redzone Wireless, Brands Their Latest Wireless Broadband as 5G

A Maine based WISP, Redzone Wireless, is seizing on the marketing hype generated by the move to 5G, launching a fixed broadband wireless service and calling it 5Gx. The service uses a proprietary method for aggregating licensed 4G LTE spectrum and unlicensed 5.8 GHz spectrum on a single tower to improve broadband speeds and performance....Learn More

Verizon Goes on the Offensive with Cable, Launches 750 Mbps Symmetrical Service

With cable broadband service dominating virtually all broadband growth of late, Verizon is upping the ante with a new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, set to launch January 14th across several Fios markets. While not gigabit speeds, the new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, called Fios Instant Internet, hopes to leverage an advantage over a key cable...Learn More

BTC Broadband Targets Tulsa with Business Fiber Services

Regional broadband provider BTC Broadband is expanding their fiber network into metro Tulsa, Oklahoma, targeting business customers. The move into Tulsa for business customers is part of an ongoing expansion of BTC Broadband’s fiber network, which now spans 90 miles throughout northeast Oklahoma. This fiber expansion will allow BTC to initially reach 2K – 3K...Learn More

AT&T 5G Trials with Qualcomm, Ericsson Aim to Take Leadership with 5G Standards

Upcoming AT&T 5G trials with Qualcomm and Ericsson will focus on emerging 5G new radio (NR) specifications, with the goal of accelerating millimeter wave (mmWave) deployments. Emerging 5G NR specifications are a project of global standards group 3GPP. These AT&T 5G trials will focus on the 28 GHz and 39 GHz mmWave bands, with a...Learn More

Cord Cutter’s Dream? AirTV is Now on Sale, Integrates Locals, Sling, and Netflix

A new OTT set-top-box, the AirTV is now on sale, and it promises to introduce a compelling option for interested pay-TV cord cutters. The new DISH/Sling featured digital media player STB runs on Android and creates interesting competition for Roku, Apple TV, and other OTT focused media players. Perhaps the most compelling feature for the...Learn More

Integrated Local Channels on Sling AirTV Player May Entice Even More Cord Cutters

A new OTT platform that Sling TV will soon launch adds desirable features that may make cord cutting even more appealing. AirTV will put local channels on Sling TV through a separate OTA antenna, integrated with both Netflix and the Sling TV channel line-up on a single interface. This new method of adding local channels...Learn More

Sling TV Opens Cloud DVR Beta Trial

A cloud DVR beta trial is now underway for the OTT video service from Sling TV. Invitations to select participants are being issued today, according to a company blog post. The cloud DVR beta features Roku devices only for now, including Roku players and Roku TVs. Additional devices may be added later. The initial cloud...Learn More

T-Mobile Takes on AT&T with Free DIRECTV NOW Promotion

A free DIRECTV NOW promotion from T-Mobile aims to take some steam out of AT&T’s efforts to leverage the ‘mobile first’ OTT service, launched a couple of weeks ago. T-Mobile announced that not only are they adding DIRECTV NOW to their Binge On promotion (which zero rates it against monthly data allowances), but also offering...Learn More

First Amazon Drone Delivery is Highlight of Coming IoT, 5G Future

A commercial first happened in England last week, when the first Amazon drone delivery of a package took place. Amazon’s Prime Air is a new drone delivery service that the e-commerce giant hopes to expand dramatically in the coming years, allowing an online order to be delivered to customers within minutes of being placed. This...Learn More