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



With New Google Fiber 100 Mbps Tier, Google Hedges on Gigabit

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A new Google Fiber 100 Mbps tier may shed some light on the competitive realities of the gigabit marketplace. Google is introducing this cheaper 100 Mbps offer for $50 in their forthcoming Atlanta market. This is the first sub-gigabit tier offered by Google Fiber, besides the “free” basic tier of 5 Mbps package they’ve offered...Learn More

Vyve Gigabit is Latest Rural Gigabit Push

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Cable MSO Vyve Broadband is launching rural gigabit service in select markets, using DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Vyve is a rural cable consolidator, formerly known as BCI Broadband  and operates cable and broadband networks in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado and Wyoming. Their rural gigabit offer is initially launching in select Oklahoma markets....Learn More

Evolution Digital Serves Up IP VOD, Hoping Small Video Providers Will Take the IP Leap

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Evolution Digital hopes to bridge the divide for smaller video operators who want to offer IP VOD, but have legacy network limitations. Video distribution is clearly moving towards IP, but the transition is expensive and difficult, particularly if you lack scale. Add this IP transition hurdle to a video business model that is challenging at...Learn More

Windstream IPTV Footprint Expands to Texas

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The Windstream IPTV footprint will soon expand to its third state, with news that Texas will join Nebraska and Kentucky. Windstream’s IPTV service Kinetic will launch in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Kinetic is an IPTV service powered by Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, which also powers AT&T’s U-verse IPTV service. Both Windstream and AT&T...Learn More

Google Fiber to Provide Free Gigabit Broadband to Public Housing

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Google announced a plan to provide free gigabit broadband to public housing, starting in its Kansas City market. The initiative is a part of the broader ConnectHome project, launched by the White House and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development back in July 2015. The pilot program aims to bring affordable or free broadband to...Learn More

With Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 Roadmap Announced, The Gigabit Wars are About to Heat Up

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An announced Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 roadmap will add competitive gigabit services to many markets. Gigabit broadband capability via DOCSIS 3.1 technology is coming to Atlanta and Nashville in early 2016, with Chicago, Detroit, and Miami coming later in the year Comcast announced today. “We’re constantly working to ensure that our customers get the fastest speeds...Learn More

Google Testing Home Phone Service Called Google Fiber Phone

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When Google launched Google Fiber several years ago, phone service was noticeably absent from their double play offer of broadband and video. That may change, with testing of Google Fiber Phone. The Washington Post managed to get a copy of a notice Google sent out to its Fiber Trusted Tester program, announcing the home phone...Learn More

Gigabit Wireless Start-Up is Newest Disruptive Attempt for Aereo Founder

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Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia tried to disrupt the video business with Aereo, but ultimately failed. He now has his disruptive sights on a new traditional business, the broadband ISP business, with Starry, a new gigabit wireless start-up. Starry wants to deliver Gigabit wireless services nationwide, using new wireless technology and leveraging the 3.8 GHz spectrum band...Learn More

Total Netflix Download Traffic Exceeds YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, and Facebook Combined

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In its recent report to shareholders, Netflix revealed total Netflix download traffic equates to 37% of peak Internet download traffic,  exceeding all other major Internet video sources combined, by a longshot. The data was provided to Netflix by Sandvine. Netflix says it streamed a total of 42.5 billion hours of video in 2015, up from...Learn More

New Midco Logo Highlights Midcontinent Brand Refresh

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A Midcontinent brand refresh is highlighted by a new logo and shortened name to Midco. The midwestern cable MSO formerly known as Midcontinent Communications, serving 330K customers in North and South Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will now be known as Midco. Midco joins a growing number of communications companies with long histories, cable and telco...Learn More

Cable Gigabit Service Gets Boost from CableLabs DOCSIS 3.1 Certifications

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The cable industry is on the broadband move and cable gigabit service is closer to reality with the news that CableLabs just certified five cable modems for DOCSIS 3.1. Cable modems from Askey, Castlenet, Netgear, Technicolor and Ubee Interactive have received the next generation broadband certification for cable modems that can deliver cable gigabit service....Learn More

New Frontier Logo Debuts

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A new Frontier logo debuts today just as Frontier is transforming itself into a national broadband player, thanks to acquisitions of former Verizon and AT&T territories. So why not reboot their look entirely? “The evolved look reflects a transformed typeface, a brighter color palette, and a re-imagining of the arc to represent the transfer of...Learn More