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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Frontier Says Video Bundle is Still Important, Doubles Down on IPTV

Frontier will soon launch a new ‘home grown’ traditional linear and VOD pay-TV bundle, bucking the trend of retreating from video services as a margin challenged business line. The new service, currently called Frontier TV, takes lessons learned from Frontier’s growing video business in acquired markets, and applies them to existing incumbent markets. Durham, NC...Learn More

Windstream Expands Transport Network into Florida

Little Rock, Arkansas — Nov. 23, 2015 — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, has announced the expansion of its 500G long-haul core network into Miami, Florida. “Windstream Carrier Solutions has been aggressively expanding its network in order to provide high-bandwidth transport solutions to our customers needing greater connectivity to and from Florida,” said...Learn More

Allo Acquisition Leads to Nebraska Gigabit Plans

Allo Communications, a Nebraska based competitive triple play provider will launch gigabit services in Lincoln, Nebraska, due in part to its sale to Lincoln based Nelnet. Formed in 2003, Allo currently provides fiber based triple and double play services to a variety of Nebraska communities. Nelnet is a diversified, publicly traded firm, with its primary...Learn More

RUS Reports Broadband Stimulus Program Results, Claims Six Million Benefited

It’s hard to believe the Broadband Stimulus Program was first announced over six years ago. The $7.2 billion program was part of the broader American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which aimed to stimulate the economy after the Great Recession of 2008. The Rural Utilities Service just announced their portion of broadband stimulus program results, which...Learn More

FairPoint Gigabit Service Set to Launch

FairPoint will soon join the gigabit movement, announcing FairPoint gigabit service will launch in December in select New Hampshire markets. The Portsmouth, New Hampshire region will become the first gigabit market for the tier 2 service provider with most of its operations clustered in northern New England. “Our fiber-to-the-premise gigabit Internet service rollout demonstrates our commitment...Learn More

AMC Renewal: Network Ups Ante on Programming Carriage Negotiations, Targets NCTC Members

AMC Networks has taken the all familiar content licensing fees dispute to a new level. The provider of popular programming series like ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and ‘Mad Men’ is ramping up content renewal agreements with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), and  implementing a rather aggressive negotiation tactic. NCTC negotiates programming contracts on behalf of...Learn More

FCC Releases $16 Million for Rural Broadband Experiments Funding

In its latest release of funding for rural broadband experiments, the FCC awarded $16 million to four carriers for rural broadband deployments in territories previously served by price cap carriers. The $16 million will bring broadband service to 2,451 census blocks across five states, reports the FCC. A total of $16,138,691.71 was awarded to Skybeam,...Learn More

Options for Skinny TV Bundles via Streaming Video Continue to Grow

Comcast turned on Stream TV in Boston yesterday, offering a skinny bundle of local broadcast channels and HBO for around $16/month (final price dependent on total retransmission fees and local taxes). The streaming service was first announced in July of this year and joins a growing number of streaming offers that feature local broadcast channels...Learn More

Windstream 100 Mbps Broadband Expands to 1 Million Locations, Hopes to Beat Back Cable

Windstream announced a plan to bring 100 Mbps broadband to 600 markets across 12 states under their Project Excel plan. Combined with previous Windstream 100 Mbps broadband expansion plans, Windstream says, when complete, the program will reach approximately 1 million residential and small business locations. Project Excel is being funded by the recent sale of...Learn More

Frontier Targets Small Business With Price for Life Campaign, Guarantees Bundled Price

Frontier cites competition from cable in the lucrative small business sector as one reason for their latest voice and data bundle promotion, Price for Life. The offer, which starts at $59.95 monthly, will remain at that level and never increase, claims Frontier. “Cable companies don’t offer this, but Frontier does,” said Cory Jones, Vice President...Learn More

With Latest Invitations, No Google Fiber in Verizon Markets Continues

Google invited three additional markets to undergo the next phase of Google Fiber evaluations. They include Oklahoma City, OK; Jacksonville, FL and Tampa, FL. A joint planning process will now begin, where Google and these cities perform some detailed studies to determine whether Google will deploy Google Fiber. “We’ll study factors that may impact construction,...Learn More

Comcast Confirms Cable Wireless MVNO Plans, Sort Of

Comcast confirmed some form of a cable wireless MVNO plan today on their quarterly earnings conference call. An imminent wireless move by Comcast, and maybe other cable MSOs, has been rumored for the past few weeks. Comcast and a few other cable MSOs have had a framework of an agreement with Verizon for a cable...Learn More