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



AT&T Expands NFL Game Streaming Through DirecTV

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AT&T announced an expansion of NFL game streaming through its NFL Sunday Ticket feature for DirecTV. The expansion allows all NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers to stream all out-of-market NFL games. Previously, the streaming feature was reserved for NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers, who incurred additional fees. “Streaming of NFL SUNDAY TICKET exploded last year— up...Learn More

Comcast Modifies Data Usage Cap Policy, Now Allows 1 Terabyte of Data

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Instituting a data usage cap policy that limits a broadband subscriber’s monthly data usage is a contentious topic. A variety of wireline broadband ISPs including AT&T, Comcast, Suddenlink and others have done so (some on a market by market basis), while others like Verizon and Google Fiber have resisted. As a result, there isn’t a...Learn More

Lumos Gigabit FTTH Reach Now Covers Full RLEC Footprint

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A Lumos Gigabit announcement details the expansion of gigabit FTTH services for the Mid-Atlantic based regional carrier to include their entire RLEC footprint. Branded as Gigabit Fast, the service was first launched in limited Lumos Networks markets back in 2015. It now reaches over 20,000 premises. “I am very proud of the fact that not...Learn More

FTTH Market Penetration on the Rise, Overtakes Cable Broadband Globally

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From a global perspective, rising FTTH market penetration has positioned the technology as the fastest growing broadband access method, overtaking cable broadband reports Point Topic. Total global broadband subscribers reached 751 million as of Q4 2015, according to Point Topic’s research. FTTx and FTTH market penetration is on the rise, and legacy copper based broadband...Learn More

Consolidated Buys Champaign Telephone, Expands Business Services Footprint

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In its latest acquisition move, Mattoon, Illinois based Consolidated buys Champaign Telephone of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois to bolster its business services reach and fiber footprint. The deal also includes Big Broadband Services, a sister company to Champaign Telephone Company (CTC). The acquisition will add a 275 route-mile fiber network, over 300 lit buildings, and an existing...Learn More

Municipal Broadband Debate: Should Broadband be Free?

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The municipal broadband debate often centers on the role municipal governments should play in delivering broadband to its citizens. Many municipals are entering the broadband access business by building and operating their own networks. Others are building public-private partnerships and inviting private broadband access providers to work in concert with them for better broadband. Danbury,...Learn More

Midco Buys Data Center, Taps Telco Fiber Network for Expansion

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In a move illustrating a growing focus on business and enterprise services, cable MSO Midco buys data center operator Dataware LLC and taps the regional fiber network owned and operated by independent telco Arvig of Minnesota. The deals highlight a growing strategy of cable MSOs, large and small, to add business and enterprise focused products...Learn More

DISH Expands UltraHD 4K Content Availability with Netflix

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DISH will expand their UltraHD 4K content availability with news that they will add Netflix 4K content to their Hopper 3 DVR platform. The Netflix UltraHD 4K content joins existing Netflix content integration into DISH’s program guide and search results. Netflix plans to have close to 600 hours of UltraHD 4K content availability by the...Learn More

NFL Game Streaming Coming to Twitter

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The NFL announced today that NFL game streaming is coming to Twitter for the upcoming NFL season. The deal includes the Thursday night NFL package, which will also be simulcast on traditional TV (including on NBC, CBS, and the NFL Network). The deal is for 10 NFL games. “Twitter is where live events unfold and...Learn More

Starz Goes OTT with New Subscription Streaming App

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Starz is the latest premium cable network to go direct to consumers with a new OTT subscription streaming app. Starz joins HBO and Showtime who launched their OTT subscription streaming apps last year. All are targeting cord cutters and so called ‘broadband-only’ homes with these services. Starz will charge $8.99/month for the subscription streaming app,...Learn More

Windstream Gigabit Footprint Now Includes Three States

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The Windstream gigabit footprint now includes markets in Nebraska, North Carolina, and Texas, the company announced yesterday. Windstream first announced these specific gigabit plans back in December, but has now actually launched the service. The gigabit markets include Lincoln, Neb.; Lexington, Ky.; Sugar Land, Texas and seven North Carolina communities (China Grove, Concord, Davidson, Harrisburg,...Learn More

INS Rebrands to Aureon, Restructures INS Family of Companies

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A new brand for a familiar name was announced yesterday, as INS rebrands to Aureon. Iowa Network Services (INS) announced the rebrand as part of a broader restructuring that will bring all of their subsidiary companies under one name and corporate structure. INS had assembled a number of independent companies, including Alliance Technologies, Alliance Connect,...Learn More