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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California Gigabit Footprint Grows with Consolidated Expansion

California gigabit options will increase with the news that Consolidated Communications will bring the ultra-broadband service to their Roseville, California market. Roseville will join Kansas City and Houston as Consolidated gigabit markets. The California gigabit service from Consolidated will be available to 16,000 homes to begin with in their Roseville market, which is part of...Learn More

Verizon One Talk Targets Mobile Workers with Integrated Business Phone Solution

Verizon launched One Talk, a ‘mobile first’ solution that gives mobile workers an integrated business phone solution for their mobile devices. The solution allows small and medium businesses to seamlessly move business calls between a business desktop phone and a mobile device, or go mobile only. The service allows mobile workers to put their business...Learn More

Regional Carrier Arvig Acquires AGL for Reach into Education Market

Minnesota based regional carrier Arvig is expanding its reach into the education vertical throughout Minnesota by acquiring AGL Consulting. AGL serves the education industry with a variety of networking services and operates a 229 route mile fiber network in and around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Arvig operates a 2,600 route mile network throughout...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Network Now Includes Chicago Area

The Comcast gigabit network has expanded to Chicago, with an announced trial to begin today according to the company. The service utilizes DOCSIS 3.1 technology, allowing Comcast to use their existing HFC network to deliver the ultra-broadband service. “We’re delivering gigabit speeds over the network that already passes millions of homes in the Chicago area,”...Learn More

LRG Data: Telco Broadband Losses Accelerate, More Than Double

According to research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG), major telco broadband losses are accelerating, more than doubling from a year ago. Collectively, major tier 1 and 2 telcos lost 360K broadband subscribers in 2Q16, compared with 150K in 2Q15. Compare that with major cable broadband net adds of 553K in 2Q16, most of which came...Learn More

RCN, Grande Acquisition Highlights Hot Regional Cable MSO Consolidation Trend

A regional cable MSO consolidation move by TPG Capital will create a new top ten cable MSO in the U.S. after a deal to acquire RCN and Grande Communications closes. TPG, a private equity firm with $70 billion in assets under management, is buying the two regional cable providers from ARBY Partners, another private equity...Learn More

Adtran Sees Great Opportunity in Next Generation Network Disruption

As broadband carriers map their future technology roadmap, there is an element of next generation network disruption underway. This disruption will occur as the traditional status-quo hardware centric broadband access network transitions to a programmable, agile, and software driven one. As a result, traditional relationships between vendors and broadband carriers will evolve and may also...Learn More

New DISH Skinny Bundle, Flex Pack, Priced at $40

A new DISH skinny bundle, announced today, is the latest offer in an ongoing trend to tinker with the traditional pay-TV channel line-up. Skinny bundles typically provide a core channel line-up, with options for additional channel packs. The goal is to offer a lower cost option for pay-TV, while also offering a perception of choice...Learn More

Hulu Streaming Channel Line-Up Takes Shape After $580 Million Time Warner Investment

Time Warner announced a $580 million investment in Hulu that will also bring Turner networks to the upcoming Hulu streaming channel line-up. The investment secures a 10% stake in Hulu, valuing the OTT provider at $5.8 billion. Time Warner joins The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast as the primary shareholders in the...Learn More

Windstream Era to Begin in Lincoln, Nebraska

A Windstream deployment in Lincoln, Nebraska will bring gigabit speeds to existing copper infrastructure within multiple dwelling units (MDUs). Lincoln is Windstream’s first market for the copper based technology, which is of great interest to telcos, allowing them to bring fiber-like broadband speeds to their existing copper infrastructure. Windstream is deploying the Calix...Learn More

Future of Pay-TV: Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Sort Of)

If you follow the broadband industry closely, you have probably seen a pay-TV forecast or two that suggests pay-TV’s brightest days are in the past. Cord cutting and OTT alternatives are now ‘in vogue’ and some say the future of pay-TV is in jeopardy as a result. At least the pay-TV model that we are...Learn More

C Spire Charts Pay-TV BYOD Strategy, Ditching the Set-Top-Box

A new C Spire initiative features a pay-TV BYOD strategy that helps highlight a rapidly evolving video business marketplace. C Spire will deliver their IPTV service, including their linear channel line-up, to IP-enabled devices provided by end customers, removing the need for a traditional set-top-box (STB), the company announced at the NCTC/ACA Independent Show in...Learn More