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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DISH Sinclair Retransmission Battle Results in 129 Stations Going Dark on DISH

Updated at 9:40p ET 8/26/15 with Restoration Announcement Updated at 1:55p ET 8/26/15 with FCC Response The retransmission wars hit a new high this week, resulting in the “largest local channel blackout in the history of television,” according to a DISH press release. Sinclair, one of the largest broadcasters in the country, blacked out 129...Learn More

Vonage Continues Push into Hosted UC with iCore Acquisition

VoIP pioneer Vonage is continuing their transition from a low cost residential VoIP provider to a unified communications platform targeting the business sector. Their latest move is the purchase of iCore Networks for $92 million. iCore specializes in serving larger business customers with a Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) offer. “iCore is an excellent strategic fit and...Learn More

Large Telco Broadband Losses – Giving up on Broadband?

If you read analysis from Leichtman Research Group, you may come to the conclusion that large tier one telcos, namely Verizon and AT&T, have all but given up on the residential broadband business – at least in non-FiOS and U-verse markets. According to LRG’s latest broadband analysis, both AT&T and Verizon lost 161K broadband subscribers...Learn More

FCC Proposes Retransmission Reform, Looks at ‘Distant Signals’

One of the most contentious issues in the video industry today is retransmission consent. FCC Chairman Wheeler just jumped into the middle of it. The practice, where video service providers (VSPs) and local broadcasters negotiate a per-subscriber fee for the delivery of local stations to VSP subscribers, is broken, to put it mildly. VSPs, especially...Learn More

TDS: Fiberville is Helping FTTH Meet or Exceed Company Objectives

With over 1.2 million connections of broadband, phone, and IPTV services in 150 communities across the U.S, TDS is the seventh largest traditional telco in the country. Like many of their telco brethren, TDS has embarked on a FTTH overbuild, including a gigabit offer, which will eventually reach 25% of their footprint. In an attempt...Learn More

Shentel Will Acquire NTELOS in $640M Regional Wireless Tie Up

Two mid-Atlantic regional wireless providers are coming together, with news that Shentel will acquire NTELOS for approximately $640 Million, including net debt. The two providers are geographically positioned next to each other and were both affiliates of Sprint in one form or another. The deal had been rumored  for some months. When completed, the transaction...Learn More

Among Gigabit Broadband Noise, There is Deafening Silence

Gigabit broadband has captured the imagination of the broadband industry. There is at least one weekly announcement of a new gigabit deployment, sometimes more. We know many service providers, large and small, are launching gigabit services. The number is in excess of 100 deployments, most of which are small towns. But what we don’t know...Learn More

San Antonio is Now on Deck for Google Fiber

Google announced yesterday that San Antonio is their next Google Fiber market. With its 1.4 million residents, San Antonio is the largest city to date for Google’s growing FTTH footprint. San Antonio joins a growing number of cities, including Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Salt Lake City, that have been selected as next up for...Learn More

INS and Skitter Partner for IPTV and Broadband TV

Iowa Network Services (INS), a regional network provider owned by Iowa telcos and an early pioneer in IPTV, has selected an additional platform to provide both IPTV and broadband TV services to its member companies (and beyond). INS will partner with Skitter for both platforms. The IPTV platform allows for a traditional pay-TV service, while...Learn More

Verizon Goes OTT with HBO Now

Verizon just became the largest broadband provider to offer HBO’s OTT channel HBO NOW. Verizon’s broadband subscribers can access the OTT channel immediately, and some version of it will soon be made available to Verizon’s 100 million wireless subscribers. The move illustrates the rapidly evolving digital media space and the ascension of direct access to...Learn More

OTT: A Net Neutrality Can of Worms?

As OTT distribution of video continues to multiply, video and broadband service providers must navigate shifting net neutrality regulations, which are subject to multiple interpretations. Operational strategies like caching, peering, and content delivery networks (CDNs) complicate the net neutrality and open Internet debate, leaving service providers guessing. Jimmy Todd, CEO of Kansas based regional provider...Learn More

TIS: All Paths Lead to OTT, IP Video

Independent cable operators met this week in Boston at NCTC’s annual The Independent Show (TIS), and a growing sense of urgency was on display. That urgency involves correctly positioning a small cable company in a fast changing market, where the historical core service of video delivery is in flux. Both the technology and business rules...Learn More