Posts by Joan Engebretson

Joan Engebretson is Executive Editor of Telecompetitor. Joan has been writing about telecommunications since 1992. She has been editor-in-chief of two telecom industry publications—Telephony Magazine and America’s Network Magazine.

Under Engebretson’s leadership, America’s Network won several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including a 2001 national gold award for her commentary. In 2009, she won best on-line column in min’s Editorial and Design Awards.

Engebretson has a BA in journalism and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Joan can be reached at

Municipal Broadband Financial Analysis Raises Red Flags

Municipal broadband networks do not have a strong financial track record, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition. The municipal broadband financial analysis, which looked at 20 municipal fiber projects, found that only nine were cash-flow positive and that of those, seven would need more than...Learn More

Cable One Strategy of Leading with Broadband over Video Was the Right Choice, Says CEO Julie Laulis

Several years have passed since cable MSO Cable One made the decision to de-emphasize video and focus on broadband. The choice has proven to be a good one, said Cable One President and CEO Julie Laulis yesterday. The Cable One strategy choice to de-emphasize video was triggered by skyrocketing content costs and increased video cord...Learn More

CEO: Windstream SD-WAN and UCaaS Will Be Key to Enterprise Growth

Windstream CEO Tony Thomas is bullish on software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and unified communications as a service (UCaaS). When Windstream’s traditional local telecom service business began declining some years back, the company made the decision to shift its strategy toward the enterprise market. Windstream SD-WAN and UCaaS offerings will be key to growth...Learn More

Sonus Genband Merger Seeks Scale, Complementary Products, Values Combined Company at $745M

A planned Sonus Genband merger, announced today, aims to “create a leader in next-generation communications networking, with increased scale and market reach across products, customers and geographies,” the companies said. Shareholders of each company will own approximately 50% of the combined entity. Sonus CEO Raymond Dolan will be CEO of the merged entity, while Genband...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Fixed 5G Line of Sight Not Needed, 5G Leadership is on Track

Fixed wireless broadband service based on 5G technology will not require line of sight between the transmitter and receiver, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam today. Advances in antenna and processing technology have essentially eliminated the need for fixed 5G line of sight, he explained in a question-and-answer session at a financial conference, where he also...Learn More

CEO: AT&T Time Warner Plans Include Better Content Monetization, More Mobile Integration

AT&T sees significant opportunities for monetizing the content assets it will own when its planned acquisition of Time Warner is completed, noted AT&T CEO, Chairman and President Randall Stephenson today in a question-and-answer session at an investor conference, where he discussed AT&T Time Warner plans. AT&T already has about 150 million to 200 million advertising...Learn More

Verizon Reveals Next-Generation FTTP Plans, Including NG-PON2 Bonding

By the time Verizon begins deploying next-generation fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure based on the NG-PON2 standard later this year or early next year, the company also will have set plans in motion to simplify upgrades beyond the company’s initial deployment of the technology, said Vincent O’Byrne, Verizon director of access technology in an interview with Telecompetitor....Learn More

$2.3B Wave Broadband Acquisition by RCN Will Create Sixth Largest Cable Broadband Operator

In its latest deal, TPG Capital is backing RCN’s $2.3 billion Wave Broadband acquisition. Wave Broadband will join TPG Capital’s cable and broadband portfolio, which also already includes RCN and Grande Communications – two operators that, like Wave, are focused on multi-play offerings including broadband and video in competition with incumbent telcos and cable companies....Learn More

Redzone Claims up to 400 Mbps Using Fixed Wireless Spectrum Aggregation, Eyes National Expansion

Wireless internet service provider and software developer Redzone says it has developed fixed wireless spectrum aggregation technology that can support broadband speeds of up to 400 Mbps per customer. The company uses a combination of 2.5 GHz spectrum in the educational broadband service (EBS) band and unlicensed spectrum in the 5.2 to 5.8 GHz band...Learn More

Comcast: X1 Will Win the Day for Us Even Against OTT

We lost track of how many times Comcast’s new CEO Dave Watson touted the company’s X1 user interface at an investor conference today. But it was in the range of a dozen times or more. Among the X1 competitive benefits cited: reducing churn, improving customers’ image of the company, positioning the company to compete with...Learn More

FCC Gets Set for Broadband Reclassification; Clyburn Fears USF Impact

As expected, the FCC today took steps toward broadband reclassification as a Title I information service, rather than a Title II telecommunications service – a move that would represent a return to the regulatory approach used prior to 2015 and that could also be a prerequisite for overturning some or all Net Neutrality rules adopted...Learn More

CFO Touts Benefits of AT&T Broadband Bundles, Sees Broadband as a Growth Area Again

AT&T broadband will be a growth area again, said John Stephens, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for the carrier, at an investor conference today. He added that AT&T broadband bundles have helped the company minimize churn substantially. Stephens attributed AT&T’s improved broadband outlook to ongoing deployment of fiber. He noted, for example,...Learn More

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