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 broadband market intelligence 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



ABI: Internet Giants Striking Out with Broadband Access Projects

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Despite investing billions of dollars, Internet giants like Google and Facebook don’t have much to show for their broadband access projects, according to analysis from ABI Research. ABI estimates that $2.5 billion was invested in 2016 from the likes of Google and Facebook for last mile broadband access. Webscale companies like Facebook and Google successfully...Learn More

Indatel Network Now Has 275K Lit Buildings Across 30 States, With One Million in Reach

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National fiber network provider Indatel announced their collective network now reaches 275K buildings for Ethernet and other connectivity. That number will grow to 500K by the end of the year on the Indatel network, and is expected to reach 1 million+ by early 2018. Indatel’s national network is a collaboration between 30 statewide networks, collectively...Learn More

FCC Hurricane Relief Taps USF for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

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The FCC will tap $76.9 million from the universal service fund (USF) for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This FCC hurricane relief funding will help the U.S. territories rebuild communications infrastructure destroyed or damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The FCC unanimously voted to immediately provide carriers with up to...Learn More

ACA’s TV Ransom Campaign Highlights Rising Retransmission Consent Fees

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Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Cable Act, which launched the retransmission consent process for local broadcast channels, the American Cable Association (ACA) has put an interesting spin on the very painful process – ransom. Their TV Ransom campaign aims to highlight the impact of rising retransmission consent fees. Retransmission consent is the...Learn More

Add Xfinity Instant TV to Growing Streaming TV Options

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Xfinity Instant TV is the latest entrant into a growing field of streaming TV options. Comcast has launched a beta test of the ‘skinny bundle’ streaming service in select markets across the country. Xfinity Instant TV differs from other streaming TV options like Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW in a couple of ways. For one,...Learn More

AT&T Rural Broadband Expansion Continues Through CAF Funded Fixed Wireless Service

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AT&T rural broadband expansion via CAF funded fixed wireless service now reaches 160K locations across 18 states. Nine states were recently added, AT&T announced today. The expansion nearly doubles the reach since AT&T’s last update on the service in June of this year. AT&T’s fixed wireless service provides a 10 Mbps up and 1 Mbps...Learn More

Thirteen Additional Communities Gain NTCA Smart Rural Communities Designation

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NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association announced thirteen rural communities have been designated as Smart Rural Communities during their Fall Conference, taking place in Philadelphia this week. The NTCA  Smart Rural Communities program was launched back in 2013. The program aims to recognize and designate rural communities as also participating in the broader smart city movement. Eligible...Learn More

C Spire Fixed Wireless Era Begins, Aims to Connect 200K with ‘Wireless Fiber’

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Regional broadband provider C Spire announced an ambitious broadband plan that will dramatically increase their broadband base throughout Mississippi. The C Spire fixed wireless program is key to the broader C Spire Tech Movement which has a goal of reaching an additional 250K subscribers with wireless and FTTP technology. The program will utilize an 8K...Learn More

Sign of the Times: Xfinity Mobile iPhone Launch

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The launch of new iPhones, iPhone 8 and 8+ specifically, is a reminder of how the mobile industry, as mature as it is, continues to have new entrants. Comcast is trying to carve out a mobile play, and will open their stores early on September 22nd for an Xfinity mobile iPhone launch. Xfinity mobile customers...Learn More

Windstream Rebrand Introduces Kinetic Across Consumer & SMB Product Portfolio

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An announced Windstream rebrand will introduce Kinetic across its broader consumer and SMB product portfolio as a new premium brand. Windstream has been using the Kinetic brand since 2014 for its IPTV service. The new Kinetic brand will now be featured across Windstream’s entire 18 state footprint, in markets where it has upgraded its network...Learn More

Spotify Hulu Deal Aims to Lock Up Generation Z with Bundled Streaming Pact

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A new Spotify Hulu deal announced today will target college students with a bundled offer of music and video streaming. Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu will combine versions of Spotify and Hulu for a disruptive price of $4.99 per month. The deal includes a bundled offer of Spotify’s Premium music streaming service and...Learn More

TDS Acquires K2 Communications, Opportunistic Buying Spree Continues

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Another small cable company is being acquired by TDS, as the telecom operator continues an opportunistic cable operator buying spree. K2 is located north of Denver, Colorado, in close proximity to a larger TDS cable acquisition, Baja Broadband. TDS Acquires K2 Communications A relatively new cable operator, K2 was formed in 2002 and serves the...Learn More

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