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



Iowa TV News Report Highlights Complexity, Risks of Rural Broadband Regulatory Framework

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Local Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI featured a story recently on ‘cord cutting’ of wireline telephone service that highlights the challenges of the current rural broadband regulatory framework for small, rural telcos. The report is somewhat misleading, in that it doesn’t provide a full explanation. An Ogden Telephone Company customer, Christina Janssen-Solheim, was featured because...Learn More

AT&T: Austin and Indianapolis Provide Glimpse into AT&T 5G Roadmap

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The AT&T 5G roadmap is well underway and one has to look no further than Austin and Indianapolis to see where AT&T is headed, according to Scott Mair, AT&T senior vice president for technology planning and engineering. Mair outlined this AT&T 5G roadmap this morning at the Wells Fargo Securities 5G Forum in New York....Learn More

C Spire LTE Now Supports Peak Mobile Download Speeds of up to 100 Mbps

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New enhancements to the C Spire LTE network have the regional wireless provider talking peak speed capabilities of up to 100 Mbps, up from the current 5 to 12 Mbps. C Spire, the nation’s sixth largest wireless carrier began the enhancements in March. The new C Spire LTE capability comes as a result of carrier...Learn More

Lake Connections Sale Highlights Municipal Decision to Get Out of the Broadband Business

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The Lake County board of supervisors recently unanimously voted for a Lake Connections sale, offering the municipal broadband network up to what they hope is the highest bidder. Lake Connections was formed seven years ago and obtained $66 million in funding to build the municipally owned broadband network serving Lake County in Minnesota. According to...Learn More

CenturyLink Fraud Accusation Sends Shares Down Sharply, Lawsuit Pending

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An accusation of wide spread CenturyLink fraud practices has both CenturyLink and merger partner Level 3 shares down sharply. A former CenturyLink employee claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on the alleged CenturyLink fraud scheme and is suing the company. According to a Bloomberg report, a former CenturyLink sales agent Heidi Heiser, accuses...Learn More

Verizon: We’re Doubling Down on Fiber Broadband, Just Don’t Call it Fios

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Verizon’s message at Fiber Connect, taking place here in Orlando this week, was music to the fiber broadband ecosystem’s ears. Fiber is back at Verizon, and in a big way, according to Kyle Malady, SVP and chief network officer of wireline for Verizon. “All the cards are lining up for us to double down on...Learn More

Calix: Telcos Need to Adopt Tactical Strategies for Strategic Broadband Goals

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Calix is holding its first ever Media and Analyst event this week in San Francisco and CEO Carl Russo, in his opening remarks, offered some advice to telcos who find themselves losing ground in broadband to cable and other competitors. In response to my question regarding how mid-tier telcos like Frontier and Windstream can reverse...Learn More

ABI: Maybe Telcos Should Steer Clear of the Cloud, Digital Transformation

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A new research report from ABI throws some water on the cloud, digital transformation, and IT opportunity fire for telcos. The research suggests that technology buyers continue to see connectivity as the principal value provided by telecom operators, with some vertical specific applications also of interest. Over half (55%) of technology implementers expect to use...Learn More

Google Fiber Video Rates Just Got Bumped by 33%

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Even almighty Google is not immune to the skyrocketing costs of video programming, with news last week that Google Fiber video rates will rise by about one third. New customers to Google’s double play of gigabit broadband and video will now pay $160 per month, up from $120. Existing customers will see their rates rise...Learn More

Frontier G.fast Powered Broadband Plans Unveiled

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Frontier is the latest U.S. carrier to unveil G.fast plans, as announced from vendor partner Nokia. The Frontier G.fast deployment will bring copper-based gigabit capable ultra-broadband service to Frontier’s Connecticut service territory. Frontier will use the next-generation broadband technology in apartment building environments to offer an ultra-broadband and IPTV bundled offer, according to a Nokia...Learn More

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion to 140K+ Homes in Four States

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Approximately 140K+ rural homes in across four states in the south have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier CAF investments, the company reported yesterday. Impacted states include West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. With 134K homes, West Virginia saw the bulk of these broadband improvements, according to Frontier.  The Connect America...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Introduces SDN Orchestration into the Cloud, Data Centers

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With Windstream SDNow, Windstream continues its push into wholesale and enterprise markets by targeting optical wave orchestration opportunities in the data center, and ultimately the cloud. SDN orchestration automates network functions, including provisioning, and removes human intervention with equipment to accomplish networking tasks, often involving multiple vendors. Windstream will use SDNow for optical wave services...Learn More

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