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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NISC: Time Has Never Been Better for Telecom and Power Utility Industries to Partner

Broadband and IP networks have transformed the telecom industry and that same impact is now being felt with the electric power industry as well. Power utility companies are embracing the trend thanks to new technologies like the smart grid and “virtualizing power.” Many electric utilities see an opportunity in providing broadband services as well. This...Learn More

CBS OTT Channel, CBS All Access, Includes Live TV From Local Affiliates

Add CBS to the growing list of traditional media companies who are now embracing OTT distribution of their content. CBS All Access is a new subscription based OTT offer that features live and on-demand programming. Included in the offer is a live feed of the local CBS affiliate, although that feature is only available in...Learn More

Video Business is in Significant Transition with Important Implications

There are no shortage of issues faced by video service providers, some of which are fundamentally changing the business model for pay-TV. Rising programming costs, changing program access rules, and a shift to broadband delivered distribution are just a few. We interviewed Rich Fickle, CEO of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), Matt Polka, CEO...Learn More

HBO OTT Channel to Launch in 2015

Perhaps we’re seeing a tipping point in OTT video with news that HBO will launch a HBO OTT channel in 2015 that is not tied to a pay-TV subscription. The details are very few right now, but HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced the move at HBO’s parent company Time Warner’s investment meeting in...Learn More

C Spire Shares Important Initial Gigabit Lessons Learned

One of the more interesting examples of a Gigabit service launch is C Spire. Historically a regional wireless company in the Southeast U.S., C Spire recently began an ambitious ‘Silicon South’ Gigabit services launch in the state of Mississippi. Jared Baumann, manager of consumer fiber market development and deployment for C Spire recently participated on...Learn More

WOW! – A Culture of a Better Customer Experience Pays Dividends

Triple play overbuider WOW!  has achieved consistently high customer service rankings from JD Power and their CEO Steven Cochran points to a culture of customer experience and service as the reason why. Cochran shared these views on a keynote panel at the recent BroadbandVision show. “At the end of the day, we’re all offering the...Learn More

Ericsson: Prepare Your Network for Connected Everything

The Internet of people, where human beings are connected to the Internet, is reaching saturation in most of the developed world. That saturation is leading to the next evolution of connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT), where everything from a light bulb to your car is now connected to the Internet. IoT has significant implications...Learn More

Roku: All TV Content Will be Streamed via Broadband

Will all TV content eventually be streamed over the Internet? Steve Shannon, general manager of content and devices at Roku believes so, and that was a recurring message of his keynote address at last week’s BroadbandVision show. Shannon believes that the TV experience will evolve into an app on some form of streaming platform and...Learn More

Isenberg: The Beginning of the BroadbandTV Era

The strategy of integrating OTT content into a traditional channel line-up for video service providers is an emerging application that is gaining traction. One such video provider, Atlantic Broadband of Quincy, Mass is an early adopter of the practice, having recently integrated a Netflix channel into their TiVo platform. Atlantic Broadband chief marketing and strategy...Learn More

Report: Subscribers Prefer Gigabit Services from Local ISP over Google

Gigabit Internet access has become a key trend in the broadband industry, thanks in large part to Google. With their Google Fiber initiative, Google acted as a catalyst for a burgeoning movement and clearly has raised the visibility of Gigabit services like probably no other company could.  Multiple Gigabit networks from a variety of service...Learn More

AT&T Targets Cord Cutters with New $39 Broadband + OTT Offer

Video service providers are beginning to get a little more creative with TV bundles in the hopes of capturing subscribers who either no longer want the “300 channel line-up” package or never subscribed to it in the first place. The latest example is a $39 bundle from AT&T U-verse that includes broadband, HBO, and a...Learn More

Will New AT&T Business Fiber Push Help Clarify Google Fiber Business Services Plans?

AT&T announced today a renewed focus on business class services with AT&T Business Fiber, which will use fiber-to-the-building technology to offer symmetrical broadband speeds of 25 Mbps to 300 Mbps. Eventually, AT&T Business Fiber will offer speeds of up to 1 Gbps. AT&T Business Fiber is under the umbrella of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, which...Learn More