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



Google Fiber is Back….But How?

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After a high profile pause, Google fiber is back and its next target market is Louisville, Kentucky, according to Louisville mayor Greg Fischer. What’s not clear though, is how Google fiber intends to serve Louisville – through FTTP, fixed wireless, or some combination of both. Late last year, Google announced they were halting all announced...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless Service for Rural Markets Will be Capped and Start at $60/month

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AT&T fixed wireless services for rural markets launched in Georgia, the company announced today. The 10 Mbps fixed wireless service will serve 400K locations by the end of the year, and 1.1 million locations across 17 additional states by 2020. The fixed wireless service will help AT&T achieve their FCC Connect America Fund (CAF) commitment...Learn More

Verizon Makes Aggressive Gigabit Moves with Fios Gigabit Service

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Verizon has joined the gigabit trend today, with the launch Fios Gigabit Connection. The service will offer up to 940 Mbps downstream and 880 Mbps upstream to select Fios markets for $69.99/month. Verizon has resisted the gigabit trend for some time, with a 750 Mbps tier as their fastest offer recently, despite being the first...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Locations Approach 5 Million, Launches 8 New Markets

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AT&T fiber locations now reach 52 major metro markets, with the addition of 8 new markets, the company announced today. AT&T markets their gigabit service as AT&T Internet 1000 in these fiber fed locations, which began in Austin, Texas in 2013. The new markets include Dayton, Ohio; Macon, Georgia; Madison, Wisconsin; Monterey-Salinas, California; Savannah, Georgia;...Learn More

Huawei: Video is Broadband’s Dial Tone

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Video is now equivalent to ‘basic service’ according to Huawei, who outlined a growing vision for the video opportunity at their recent Global Industry Analyst Summit last week in Shenzhen, China. Huawei sees a carrier global video market opportunity of over $1 trillion (USD). That opportunity includes traditional entertainment video services as the biggest opportunity,...Learn More

Moffett: At the End of the Day, Cable Industry 5G May Prevail Over All Others

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Speaking at the WiFI Now Conference (Tysons Corner, Va) today, leading telecom industry analyst Craig Moffett had some pretty provocative statements regarding wireless, including suggesting that cable industry 5G efforts may ultimately win, even over wireless carriers. Moffett postulates this idea, while also criticizing the cable industry for not being more aggressive in the recent...Learn More

Verizon Preps for 5G with $1 Billion+ Next Generation Optical Fiber Purchase

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In prep for the next generation optical fiber backbone necessary for the deployment of 5G, Verizon has agreed to a minimum purchase agreement with Corning worth at least $1.05 billion. The purchase includes fiber optic cabling and associated hardware. The deal calls for Corning to provide up to 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) of...Learn More

Windstream Beefs Up Unified Communications Portfolio with Broadview Acquisition

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Just on the heels of closing its EarthLink acquisition, Windstream adds even more cloud and unified communications horsepower to its growing business services focus with an announced Broadview acquisition. Windstream has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Rye Brook, N.Y. based provider of unified communications in an all cash deal for $227.5 million. The...Learn More

YouTube TV Launches, Joins Growing Field of vMVPD Cord Cutting Options

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YouTube TV officially launched yesterday in several markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. More markets will come soon, according to a press release. YouTube TV is the latest of many OTT cord cutting options that closely resemble a traditional pay-TV service. These services have come to be known...Learn More

AT&T Free HBO Promotion Gives Premium Channel to Unlimited Wireless Customers

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A new announced AT&T free HBO promotion ups the ante for the ongoing unlimited wireless wars. AT&T will now give unlimited wireless plus plan subscribers a complimentary subscription to HBO Go, the streaming version of the popular premium channel. The AT&T free HBO promotion applies to AT&T wireless unlimited customers, whether or not they subscribe...Learn More

Liberty Interactive Buys GCI of Alaska

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Liberty Interactive will buy GCI of Alaska in a somewhat complex reorganization plan. GCI provides wireless and triple play services throughout the state of Alaska, with reach into the continental U.S. as well. Liberty Interactive is part of cable pioneer John Malone’s empire, which includes Liberty Broadband and Liberty Ventures. “This transaction with Liberty Interactive...Learn More

Comcast Expands Xfinity Prepaid Internet Offer, Partners with Boost Mobile

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Prepaid Internet options are on the rise, as Comcast announced footprint-wide availability of their Xfinity Prepaid Internet service, targeting poor credit and “unbanked” market segments. Verizon announced a Fios prepaid Internet offer earlier this month. The service offers Internet access without the need for a credit check and doesn’t require any contract. Customers are required...Learn More

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