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



Lumos Networks Acquisition is Latest Regional Fiber Network Grab

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A Lumos Networks acquisition by investment firm EQT highlights an ongoing land grab of sorts for regional fiber networks. EQT will buy Lumos Networks for $950 million in an all cash deal. Lumos Networks operates an 8,985 route mile fiber network in 24 markets across the mid-Atlantic region. That network connects 1,636 total FTTC connections,...Learn More

Calix, Northpower Fibre Claim World’s First Live NG-PON2 Demo, Delivers Multi Wavelength 10 Gbps

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A live NG-PON2 demo is taking place in New Zealand, delivering 10 Gbps connectivity across Northpower Fibre’s network, reports broadband access gear provider Calix.  This represents the first live demonstration of the next-generation FTTP technology on a commercial network in the world, according to the companies. Northpower Fibre is an open access provider of broadband...Learn More

Verizon Relents, Introduces Verizon Unlimited Plan

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In what may well be the latest example of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them,’ Verizon will launch a Verizon unlimited data plan on Monday February 13th. Verizon joins T-Mobile and Sprint, who have used unlimited data plans very effectively as a clear differentiator between them and Verizon and AT&T. Verizon Unlimited Plan Details...Learn More

Will CenturyLink Ditch IPTV Too? OTT’s Appeal May Sink Prism TV

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CenturyLink executives had some blunt talk on their 4Q16 earnings call regarding their IPTV product Prism TV. Its days may be numbered. CenturyLink execs, including CEO Glen Post, expressed a preference for an OTT offer over Prism TV, due to OTT’s lower cost structure. If CenturyLink does ditch Prism TV, it won’t be an industry...Learn More

TDS Signs LOI for Municipal Broadband Acquisition, Adds Fuel to Debate

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TDS announced its intent for a municipal broadband acquisition from Sun Prairie Utilities of Sun Prairie, Wisc. A non-binding letter of intent gives TDS ownership and management of the fiber network constructed by Sun Prairie. “SPU has built a strong fiber broadband network and has worked hard to expand broadband capacity in Sun Prairie for...Learn More

Google Fiber Now Pushing Gigabit Fixed Wireless

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When Google fiber acquired wireless ISP Webpass, they gained gigabit fixed wireless capability in six markets across the country. Shortly after this transaction, Google fiber began pausing their ambitious FTTP overbuild plans in multiple previously announced Google fiber markets, and conventional wisdom suggests they are rethinking their FTTP overbuild plans in favor of fixed wireless....Learn More

Verizon Charter Merger Being Explored, Charter Stock Pops 10%

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A Verizon Charter merger has been the subject of rumors for a few weeks now, but news today from Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal is heating it up substantially. A developing story says Verizon is seriously considering the deal, although nothing is imminent and the deal could fall apart. The WSJ report says Verizon CEO Lowell...Learn More

T-Mobile Hulu Promotion Taunts AT&T DIRECTV NOW

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In true-to-form combative style, T-Mobile launched a new T-Mobile Hulu promotion that offers a free year of Hulu service to customers who took advantage of their previous AT&T DIRECTV NOW promotion. The initial promotion offered a monthly credit to pay for a year of AT&T’s new OTT video service, DIRECTV NOW, to customers who switched...Learn More

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

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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

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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

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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

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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