Fiber Network Consolidation: Wave Buys Two Operators

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Fiber network consolidation news comes this week from Kirkland, Washington-based network operator Wave, which made two acquisitions. The company also gained an additional $125 million to an existing first lien loan that will enable it to continue expanding its northern West Coast fiber network services...Learn More

Verizon AOL Yahoo Strategy: Armstrong Sees Opening to Help Businesses Build Brands Online

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Now that Verizon has acquired AOL and announced plans to acquire Yahoo, some telecom-centric observers are finding the Verizon AOL Yahoo strategy perplexing. But it all makes sense if you understand marketers, according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. “We invested in a clear gap in...Learn More

Verizon to Acquire Smart Community Vendor Sensity Systems

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NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Seeking to add a leading comprehensive suite of smart city solutions enabled by its ThingSpace internet of things (IoT) platform to help communities increase economic development, drive citizen engagement and enable sustainability, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today...Learn More

Regional Carrier Arvig Acquires AGL for Reach into Education Market

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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...Learn More

RCN, Grande Acquisition Highlights Hot Regional Cable MSO Consolidation Trend

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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...Learn More

Oak Hill Sovernet Acquisition to Fuel FirstLight Fiber Expansion

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Private equity firm Oak Hill Partners’ plan to acquire Sovernet Communications, announced yesterday, is the latest example of fiber network consolidation. The Oak Hill Sovernet deal calls for Sovernet to be rolled into FirstLight Fiber, another fiber network operator that Oak Hill announced plans to...Learn More

WOW NuLink Acquisition is Latest Example of Cable Consolidation

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The WOW NuLink acquisition announced today is the latest example of consolidation in the Tier 2 and 3 cable market. WOW will obtain Georgia-based cable operator NuLink from Halyard Capital, a New York-based private equity firm. The price was not disclosed. NuLink offers broadband, digital...Learn More

Onvoy Completes Acquisition of ANPI

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Minneapolis, MN August 2, 2016: Today, Onvoy, LLC, a fast-growing leader in Communications Enablement, announces the finalized acquisition of ANZ Communications, LLC, the parent company of ANPI, following regulatory approval. With this acquisition, Onvoy continues to build its nationwide network reach and functionality to provide...Learn More

$4.8 Billion Verizon Yahoo Purchase Shows Carrier Determined Not To Be a “Dumb Pipe”

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After weeks of speculation, the Verizon Yahoo purchase was announced today as a “definitive agreement” requiring regulatory and shareholder approvals. The deal, valued at $4.83 billion, is the latest and perhaps biggest step in Verizon’s mobile content strategy. The Verizon Yahoo purchase “will put Verizon...Learn More

Speculation of a Level 3 Sale is on the Rise

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Speculation of a possible Level 3 sale drove the stock price (NYSE: LVLT) of the network operator up by almost 4% yesterday, with three times the normal trading volume. An investor newsletter suggested that Level 3 is exploring strategic options, including a sale of the...Learn More

Oak Hill Capital Partners Fiber Strategy Advances with Oxford Networks Acquisition

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Oxford Networks, which provides fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners. The move advances the Oak Hill Capital Partners fiber strategy, which is focused on building a major...Learn More

With Wireless ISP Acquisition, Google Fiber Wireless Intentions Becoming More Clear

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There has been growing speculation regarding intentions for a Google Fiber wireless service to deliver gigabit via fixed wireless in recent weeks. Today’s acquisition of wireless ISP Webpass by Google Fiber offers some clarity to that speculation. Google Fiber is getting into the fixed wireless...Learn More