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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GVTC Completes GigaRegion FTTH Expansion Project

Regional carrier GVTC has completed their initial GigaRegion FTTH expansion project, which brings gigabit capable services to over 20K homes. The city of Boerne was recently completed five months ahead of schedule, and added approximately 1,600 premises to the project. “With this accomplishment, our GVTC GigaRegion partners of Bulverde, Gonzales and Boerne are all-fiber cities,...Learn More

Comcast Wireless Plans Confirmed, Details to Come

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed that Comcast wireless plans are definitely in play, with a wireless service from the broadband and entertainment conglomerate expected sometime in 2017. Responding to questions at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference today, Comcast’s CEO offered more insight into Comcast wireless plans. “[T]he team of well over 150 people today are...Learn More

AT&T Touts New Transformative Broadband Experience with AirGig Technology

AT&T Labs introduced new AirGig technology today, that AT&T claims can bring wireless multi-gigabit speeds, using a hybrid powerline-wireless technology. The technology has both fixed and mobile applications, with potentially disruptive urban and rural applications. “Project AirGig has tremendous potential to transform internet access globally – well beyond our current broadband footprint and not just...Learn More

AT&T Says Goodbye to U-verse

AT&T is phasing out the U-verse brand in favor of a simpler approach to its products. AT&T Internet and AT&T Phone will replace U-verse Internet and phone. AT&T has already implemented a shift away from U-verse TV to its Directv brand for video, and there are rumors that Directv won’t survive over the long term...Learn More

New Blackfoot Brand Unifies Company Under Single Brand

A new Blackfoot brand from the Montana based regional carrier will unify multiple brands under one identity. Blackfoot has expanded through acquisition and other means into neighboring states, while also expanding its product portfolio beyond its incumbent local phone company focus. This move integrates acquired operating company Fremont Communications into the new Blackfoot brand, joining...Learn More

CenturyLink Strategy Begins with Largest North American Deployment to Date

A CenturyLink strategy began in Platteville, Wisconsin, where the broadband carrier has deployed what it claims to be the largest deployment in North America. That strategy will include deploying to MDUs, MTUs, and neighborhoods where fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) is present. In Platteville, CenturyLink will serve nearly 800 apartment units across 44 MDUs. CenturyLink...Learn More

AT&T Enhances DirecTV TV Everywhere App, Streams Video Free From Wireless Data Caps

AT&T is adding enhancements to its DirecTV TV Everywhere app, which now allows AT&T wireless customers to stream video from DirecTV without worrying about monthly data caps. Customers have to be both DirecTV and AT&T wireless customers to stream video to their wireless devices without impacting their monthly data allowance. The updated DirecTV TV Everywhere...Learn More

AT&T Slams Google/Alphabet over Google Fiber Slowdown Speculation

AT&T took to the blogosphere this week and expressed a bit of glee regarding speculation about a Google Fiber slowdown and other perceived missteps in broadband applications. Google Fiber is rumored to be in some trouble, and may be recalibrating their approach to the FTTP project. In a blog post, AT&T takes a somewhat paternal...Learn More

5G Race is On, Ericsson Says They Are First Out of the Gate

On your mark, set, go! The race for 5G is well underway, even though true widespread commercial availability isn’t expected until 2020 or beyond. That’s not stopping Ericsson from announcing what they claim to be is the first commercially available 5G radio. The next generation of wireless, 5G, aims to deliver significant improvement in wireless...Learn More

Verizon Accelerates 4G LTE Performance, Claims Peak Wireless Speeds of 200+ Mbps

Verizon has turned on their LTE Advanced network in 461 markets across the U.S., leading to peak wireless speeds of 200+ Mbps for mobile broadband, the company announced. LTE Advanced is the next generation of 4G LTE and it is being deployed across the globe. LTE Advanced uses carrier aggregation technology, which essentially utilizes multiple...Learn More

AT&T Obtains HBO OTT Rights for Upcoming Streaming Service

AT&T is preparing the launch of their DIRECTV Now streaming service and just secured HBO OTT rights, according to the company. The HBO OTT rights are a part of a broader multi-platform agreement that will bring HBO and Cinemax across all AT&T video service platforms. “Our agreement with HBO is groundbreaking in the pay TV...Learn More

California Gigabit Footprint Grows with Consolidated Expansion

California gigabit options will increase with the news that Consolidated Communications will bring the ultra-broadband service to their Roseville, California market. Roseville will join Kansas City and Houston as Consolidated gigabit markets. The California gigabit service from Consolidated will be available to 16,000 homes to begin with in their Roseville market, which is part of...Learn More