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

Parks: Cloud DVR Sees Growing Interest, Legal Clarity

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?

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

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

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

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%

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

Bell Labs Claims New Speed Record with 10 Gbps Over Copper

The research and development arm of Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs, announced a new speed record for the transmission of data over copper lines of 10 Gbps (10,000 Mbps). The experiment was in a lab setting, using prototype technology called XG-FAST, which is a prototype extension of G.Fast, the next generation copper broadband technology. G.Fast is being...Learn More

Recent Viacom Programming Dispute Leads to 60 Rural Cable Companies Ditching Channels

The recent dispute between Viacom and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a programming buying consortium for small cable operators, has resulted in sixty rural cable companies saying goodbye to Viacom programming, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The moves illustrate the contentious environment between small cable operators and media programming conglomerates. Viacom channels...Learn More

GVTC GigaRegion is Latest Example of Google Fiber’s Impact in Texas and Beyond

Google Fiber is having a significant impact on broadband infrastructure in Texas. But of course, that’s always been the plan. The arrival of Google Fiber in Austin and the potential of their move into San Antonio is causing other carriers to react and many of them are introducing (or planning to) next generation broadband services...Learn More

Charter 100 Mbps Broadband Replaces 30 Mbps at No Additional Cost

The broadband speed wars continue as Charter has notified its St. Louis based broadband customers of a 100 Mbps speed upgrade at no additional cost. This according to a post. According to the report, a notice went out on June 10th stating that existing broadband customers will “…receive an automatic increase to their Internet...Learn More

Portland Google Fiber May Soon be Reality

Portland may soon join the exclusive, but growing list of Gigabit cities. The Portland Business Journal is reporting that the Portland City Council voted 5 – 0 in favor of bringing Google Fiber to the Oregon hub. Portland is one of the nine new metro markets that Google identified for the expansion of their 1...Learn More

Sony Enters OTT Streaming Set-top-Box Arena with a Gaming Twist

The number of streaming OTT streaming set-top-box (STB) options continues to multiply. Amazon recently released their Fire TV STB, and now Sony announced plans for PlayStation TV (PS TV), which will retail this Fall for the familiar $99 price point. The Sony effort has an interesting twist, with more of an emphasis on gaming than...Learn More