AT&T/ DirecTV Deal Approval: Low-Income Broadband and Other Conditions

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft order to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the full commission on Friday approved the order and AT&T and DirecTV completed the deal.  As expected, the commission is imposing several conditions on the merger, including a...Learn More

STB Consolidation Continues with Cisco/ Technicolor $600 Million Deal

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As the set-top box market undergoes major technology changes, it also is undergoing major ownership changes, with two important deals occurring this week. Just two days after England-based Amino said it would acquire STB manufacturer Entone Technologies for $73 million, France-based Technicolor said today that...Learn More

Wheeler’s AT&T/ DirecTV Approval Plan: Any Rural Conditions?

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AT&T could be required to submit all of its interconnection agreements, along with regular network performance reports, to the FCC as a condition of FCC approval of the company’s plan to acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal announced in May 2014. In a statement...Learn More

What Does AOL Really Mean for Verizon?

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Verizon sees tremendous content monetization capabilities coming from its recent AOL acquisition, according to Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS) Chief Product Officer Ted Middleton. In addition to generating a lot of quality content, AOL brings great technology for content monetization, which Verizon intends to leverage...Learn More

AT&T/DirecTV Approval Expected to Include Broadband Deployment Condition

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AT&T may be required to commit to deploying higher-speed broadband to more rural customers and to offering stand-alone broadband as a condition of its acquisition of DirecTV, which could receive Justice and FCC approvals as soon as next week, according to news reports. According to...Learn More

North State Communications Acquires IT Security Firm

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High Point, NC—June 24, 2015—North State Communications, a leading fiber optic network, data center and cloud services provider, announces today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Stalwart, a leading IT security integrator. Paired with North State’s 2011 acquisition...Learn More

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Acquires Tower Division

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South Boston, VA – June 24, 2015 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a leading non-profit wholesale network transport provider in Southern Virginia, today announced that it has successfully acquired the Tower Services Division of Gamewood Technology Group, Inc.  MBC will establish a new wholly...Learn More

Atlantic Broadband/ MetroCast $200 Million Deal Highlights Ongoing Cable Consolidation

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Consolidation in the pay-TV market isn’t limited to tier 1 companies, as an announcement today from tier 2 cable operators Atlantic Broadband and MetroCast Communications illustrates. Atlantic Broadband, owned by Canada’s Cogeco Cable, said it has reached an agreement to acquire “substantially all of the...Learn More

Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications to Merge

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June 4, 2015 — Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Lewiston, Maine – Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications announced today that the two companies have agreed to merge. The combined entity will be the largest competitive telecommunications provider headquartered in Northern New England. The new organization will operate...Learn More

DISH and T-Mobile Merger Would Allow T-Mobile to Keep Pace with Verizon, AT&T

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DISH Networks has amassed a war chest of wireless spectrum over the past few years, leading to intense speculation about their wireless intentions. We may have a little more clarity about those intentions. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that DISH and T-Mobile are in...Learn More

CEO Dishes on Consolidated Acquisition Strategy, Competing with Google

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Consolidated Communications is “always looking” at potential acquisitions, said Consolidated President and CEO Bob Udell  at the Stephens Spring Investment Conference today, which was also webcast. But the company’s acquisition criteria are different for larger companies than for smaller ones, Udell noted. Consolidated Acquisition Strategy...Learn More

Small Telcos Gain Cloud and Hosting Scale with Codero Acquisition

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Updated BLM Acquisition Corp., a consortium of 32 regional telecom and broadband providers, announced today that it has acquired cloud hosting company Codero Hosting – a move that deal-maker Bill King said could enable the providers to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services...Learn More