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



Responding to Cable Company SMB Efforts, Consolidated Launches New BusinessOne Business Bundle

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Consolidated Communications today announced the launch of BusinessOne, a new bundle of broadband and voice services for the SMB segment. A primary goal of the new offering is to differentiate the telco’s business broadband service from growing competitive  cable business service offers. BusinessOne offers two flavors – BusinessOne Premier and BusinessOne Basic. The Premier version...Learn More

Redzone Wireless Plots Fixed Wireless Expansion, Adds Spectrum Assets

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Regional fixed wireless provider Redzone Wireless will expand to an additional 13 markets across Maine, the company announced today. The expansion will bring fixed wireless broadband to 40K new locations across 25 unserved or underserved towns. Established in 2014, Redzone operates a multi-frequency fixed wireless solution, using a proprietary spectrum aggregation platform. They claim available...Learn More

TDS Broadband Network Improvements Continue with Launch of 600 Mbps Tier

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TDS broadband network improvements have enabled a new 600 Mbps broadband tier, now available in several markets across four states, the company announced late last week. The markets are located in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah and include St. George, Utah and Fort Collins, Colorado. The new faster tiers are the result of network...Learn More

Gigabit Coming to Every School in North Dakota, Thanks to New 100 Gig Backbone Network

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North Dakota is somewhat of an anomaly in today’s broadband world, where so many lack access to high quality broadband. The largely rural state has some of the best, if not the best, state-wide fiber connectivity in the country. It’s about to get better. Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), a regional fiber network operator owned by...Learn More

Congressional Spending Bill Allocates $600 Million in New Rural Broadband Funding

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New rural broadband funding is included in the $1.3 trillion congressional omnibus bill to fund the government this year. The bill calls for an additional $600 million to be distributed through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The funding authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to create a pilot program within RUS that distributes the new funding...Learn More

Customers Often Need Help in the Home IoT Maze, So Verizon Launches TechSure

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Verizon TechSure is a new personal technology helpdesk that the carrier announced today. The service provides different levels of tech support in the face of the exploding home IoT segment, where customers are connecting a multitude of devices in the home. “Laptops, tablets, TVs, thermostats, security cameras, doorbells, light bulbs – these days, almost everything...Learn More

Hargray Communications Makes Another Acquisition, Buys Georgia ILEC

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South Carolina-based regional carrier Hargray Communications continues its growth through acquisition strategy, with the news of its intent to acquire Georgia-based ComSouth. Central Georgia-based ComSouth provides broadband, voice, and video services in several communities, including Hawkinsville, Perry, Fort Valley, Cochran, among others. Originally the ILEC in the Hilton Head region of South Carolina, Hargray Communications...Learn More

CenturyLink Divestiture of Level 3 Assets Process Continues, UPN Now in Play

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A second deal this week concerning CenturyLink divestiture of Level 3 assets was announced by the company, with news that the Department of Justice has approved the sale of certain Level 3 assets to Unite Private Networks (UPN) of Kansas City. When completed, UPN will purchase Level 3 network assets in Albuquerque, N.M. CenturyLink announced...Learn More

Syringa Networks Moves Closer to Acquiring Level 3 Network Assets

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The Department of Justice has approved the purchase of Level 3 network assets in Idaho by Boise, Idaho based Syringa Networks. The deal fulfills certain divestiture requirements imposed by the DOJ for approval of CenturyLink’s acquisition of Level 3. The deal is only for the actual network assets, and not existing Level 3/CenturyLink customers. According...Learn More

NTCA Smart Rural Community Grants, Award Winners Announced

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NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association announced four Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge grants and recognized four SRC Showcase Award recipients during this week’s Rural Telecommunications Industry Event, or RTIME, which was held in Austin, Tex. The announcements of the NTCA Smart Rural Community grants and awards are part of the association’s initiative to promote...Learn More

Telco Video Landscape Changing as Consolidated Launches DIRECTV NOW Streaming OTT

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Consolidated Communications will begin marketing AT&T’s OTT streaming service DIRECTV NOW, the company announced today. DIRECTV NOW (DTVN) offers a streaming live channel line-up and video-on-demand and is positioned as a lower-cost option to traditional pay-TV video, delivered over-the-top. It’s an interesting move for Consolidated, considering they already offer their own traditional pay-TV service. It...Learn More

Consolidated Broadband Upgrades Target Former FairPoint Markets

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Just after announcing the retirement of the FairPoint brand, Consolidated Communications announced broadband upgrade plans for their northeast markets. These Consolidated broadband upgrades will improve broadband speeds to over 500K locations in former FairPoint markets. The upgrades are courtesy of fiber network expansion in these markets and will add gigabit capable broadband speeds to about...Learn More

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