Sprint, Comcast and Charter Rekindle Wireless Partnership Talks

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Sprint, Comcast and Charter are once again talking wireless partnership, according to several reports, including the Wall Street Journal. The talks have put a long rumored tie up between Sprint and T-Mobile on hold for now. The idea of Sprint and the cable industry partnering...Learn More

Common Comcast-Charter Wi-Fi First Mobile Offering a Likely Result of New Deal

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Charter and Comcast said today that they will “work only together with respect to national mobile network operators, through potential commercial arrangements, including MVNOs and other material transactions in the wireless industry for a period of one year.” The news opens the door to a...Learn More

Moffett: At the End of the Day, Cable Industry 5G May Prevail Over All Others

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Speaking at the WiFI Now Conference (Tysons Corner, Va) today, leading telecom industry analyst Craig Moffett had some pretty provocative statements regarding wireless, including suggesting that cable industry 5G efforts may ultimately win, even over wireless carriers. Moffett postulates this idea, while also criticizing the...Learn More

Moffett: 600 MHz Auction Results Suggest Cable Wireless Service Not Much of a Threat

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The possibility that a cable wireless service would arise to offer competition to the nation’s four major wireless carriers appears less likely than it did before results of the 600 MHz auction were released last week, noted Moffett Nathanson Research in a research note today....Learn More

FCC Reverses Charter Broadband Overbuild Condition

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The FCC has reversed a previous decision to require Charter to bring broadband to one million U.S. homes that already have broadband service available to them. The requirement, imposed under the previous FCC administration, was a condition of commission approval of Charter’s plan to acquire...Learn More

LRG: Gutting of AT&T U-verse Sinks Telco Video Momentum, Cable and OTT Rejoice

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The nation’s leading cable TV providers experienced the lowest number of annual video subscriber losses since 2006 last year, the year telcos first introduced video services, according to the latest from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). The nation’s six largest cable companies lost some 280,000 video...Learn More

ACA & NTCA Call Foul on Charter Overbuild Conditions for One Million Broadband Locations

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The American Cable Association (ACA) and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association are not giving up on their opposition to an FCC decision last year that calls for Charter to overbuild one million locations that already have broadband service available to them at speeds of...Learn More

Sprint VoIP Patent Lawsuit Yields At Least $139.8 Million From Charter

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A federal court Friday ruled in favor of Sprint in a VoIP patent lawsuit against Time Warner Cable (now part of Charter Communications), several news outlets have reported.  Charter will be required to pay Sprint at least $139.8 million and possibly triple that amount. The...Learn More

Verizon Charter Merger Being Explored, Charter Stock Pops 10%

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A Verizon Charter merger has been the subject of rumors for a few weeks now, but news today from Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal is heating it up substantially. A developing story says Verizon is seriously considering the deal, although nothing is imminent and the deal...Learn More

Report: AT&T Third in Smart Home Market Share

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AT&T has about 308,000 smart home subscribers, according to new smart home market share research from Strategy Analytics. That puts the carrier in third place among U.S. smart home service providers, behind two companies with roots in the home security business –Vivint and ADT. Combined,...Learn More

2016: A Big Year for Telecom M&A

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The past year was a big one for telecom M&A. Telecompetitor covered more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions in 2016 and they involved numerous facets of the industry. Here’s a summary of key trends and how they are reshaping the communications service provider playing...Learn More

Lifeline Broadband Problems: Big Carriers Opt Out, Rural Carriers Struggle with Pricing

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The FCC’s decision to allow qualified low-income households to use funding from the Universal Service Lifeline program toward broadband service was welcomed back in March when it was made, but problems with the program are mounting. Key Lifeline broadband problems: big carrier participation and rural...Learn More

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