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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Comcast Hedges Bet on Nationwide OTT Service, Secures OTT Rights

The field for nationwide OTT offers is getting quite crowded, and it may one day include Comcast. A report from Bloomberg Business cites recent negotiations by Comcast to secure nationwide OTT rights from several programmers. The move appears to be a hedge for now for the nation’s largest wireline provider of traditional pay-TV services. An...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Expansion Continues with 50 New Communities Across 17 Markets

The race is on to achieve 12.5 million locations across 67 markets by 2019, which are the stated goals for AT&T fiber expansion. AT&T announced that 50 additional communities now have access to their gigabit capable fiber service, expanding their reach in 17 existing metro markets. The new communities are located in markets including Chicago,...Learn More

TDS managedIP Footprint to Expand, Sees Great Opportunity in Acquired Cable Markets

An announced TDS managedIP footprint expansion will bring the hosted VoIP service to businesses in 80 new communities, which are served through cable properties acquired by TDS over the years. The properties are located in several states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Utah. TDS’s managedIP service is a hosted business communications...Learn More

FTTH Council Rebrands as the Fiber Broadband Association

Recognizing the broader application of fiber broadband, the FTTH Council has changed their name to the Fiber Broadband Association. It’s a smart move, given the relative limited focus of the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) descriptor. Indeed fiber broadband powers so much more than just home connections, including businesses, cell towers, small cells, MDUs, distribution points, and on...Learn More

Comcast Free Netflix Promotion Underlies Remarkable Co-opetition Evolution

A new Comcast free Netflix promotion highlights a partnership between these two heavyweights that just a few years ago would have been unthinkable. In many ways, it demonstrates the intersection of broadband and entertainment and the importance that intersection now plays for service providers. Netflix will join 50 other traditional cable networks, including Starz, for...Learn More

With Shareholder Approval, CenturyLink – Level 3 Deal on Track to Close by Sept. 30th

Shareholders of both companies approved the $34 billion CenturyLink – Level 3 deal yesterday, helping clear the way for closing of the transaction by the end of 3Q 2017, CenturyLink announced. Just over 96% of the casted CenturyLink votes approved the transaction, and close to 99% votes casted by Level 3 shareholders did the same....Learn More

TDG: Pay-TV Decline Pegged to Broadband Household Growth

New research from TDG highlights the relationship between broadband growth and pay-TV decline. Just over 1 in 5 broadband households (22%) have no legacy pay-TV subscription, representing roughly 22 million homes, according to TDG. TDG points to this pay-TV decline in the context of broadband household growth. According to their numbers, in 2011, there were...Learn More

IP Video Provider Layer 3 TV Partners with Muni Broadband Provider for Hosted Video

A Colorado municipal broadband provider will complete their triple play bundle with a hosted video offer from Layer 3 TV. Longmont Power & Communications, located outside of Denver, currently offers broadband and phone under the NextLight brand. Layer 3 TV, based in Denver, is a start-up IP video provider, offering a premium IP-based cable service...Learn More

Cloud DVR Becomes New Battleground in OTT Wars

OTT video is evolving, and emerging virtual pay-TV operators are in a pitched battle to grow their subscriber base. Increasingly, cloud DVR is seen as a necessary weapon. The virtual pay-TV landscape is getting quite crowded. There are at least four current virtual providers of traditional cable TV service delivered over-the-top, including Sling TV, DIRECTV...Learn More

Verizon Joins AT&T in Flexing Wireless Muscle: Fios TV Streaming is Now Wireless Data Free

Verizon announced that Fios TV streaming, which includes live TV, VoD, and DVR recordings, will no longer count against a Verizon wireless’ customers monthly data allowance. It’s the same tactic AT&T has allowed for some time now with DIRECTV, giving these carriers a unique position in the market as owners of both wireless and video...Learn More

Sprint Gigabit LTE is Born, First Commercial Launch in New Orleans

A new mobile broadband experience took place in New Orleans yesterday, with the unveiling of Sprint Gigabit LTE, the company reports. The new service, which is seen as an evolutionary step towards 5G, delivers much faster mobile broadband, with some caveats. Sprint and its technology partners, Qualcomm and Motorola, say this is the first commercial...Learn More

Hargray Communications Sold to Private Investment Group

Regional carrier Hargray Communications has agreed to be sold to an investment group led by the Tom Pritzker Family Business Interests. Redwood Capital Investments and Stephens Capital Partners are also participating in the all-cash transaction. Hargray Communications operates a regional network, headquartered in South Carolina, and serves Hilton Head Island, among other markets. They operate...Learn More