Consolidated: FairPoint Legacy Services Revenue Creates Growth Opportunity

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Consolidated Communications’ plan to purchase FairPoint communications, announced this week, would make Consolidated more dependent on legacy services – at least initially. Currently Consolidated gets 82% to 83% of its revenues from broadband and business services, but a combined Consolidated FairPoint would get only 72%...Learn More

Data Center Divestiture Trend Continues with Verizon Data Center Sale to Equinix

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Larger telecom carriers have entered a data center divestiture stage, with Verizon as the latest example. Data center operator Equinix will buy 24 data center sites from Verizon for $3.6 billion in cash. The 24 sites consist of 29 data center buildings in 15 metro...Learn More

Consolidated FairPoint Merger to Create Top Ten Fiber Provider in the U.S.

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An announced Consolidated FairPoint merger will create the ninth largest fiber provider in the U.S., according to company executives. The transaction is part of a rapidly consolidating broadband industry where carriers are looking to build scale and acquire fiber infrastructure. By acquiring FairPoint, Consolidated will...Learn More

Enterprise, Fiber Network Consolidation Continues with Zayo Acquisition of Electric Lightwave

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Another day, another fiber network consolidation example, with news today that Zayo intends to acquire Electric Lightwave (formerly Integra) for $1.42 billion. The transaction highlights accelerating M&A activity in the regional fiber and enterprise markets, with several significant transactions announced recently, among many smaller deals....Learn More

AT&T and DISH Acquiring INVIDI, Gains Leading Addressable Advertising Platform

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In what appears to be a classic co-opetition move, an announced partnership has AT&T and DISH acquiring INVIDI Technologies. Ad agency WPP is also part of the deal, which gives AT&T a controlling interest in the addressable advertising technology firm. Terms were not disclosed. Addressable...Learn More

TDS InterLinx Acquisition Continues TDS Broadband Acquisition Strategy

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TDS Broadband Services, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), has signed an agreement to purchase Utah-based fiber network operator InterLinx and its retail subsidiary Tonaquint. The TDS InterLinx acquisition is the latest in a string of broadband carrier acquisitions that the company has...Learn More

Verizon LQD WiFi Acquisition Adds More Smart City WiFi Technology

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Verizon clearly is taking smart city opportunities seriously, announcing yesterday that it has purchased most of the assets of LQD WiFi, developer of an interactive smart city kiosk dubbed Palo that also acts as a WiFi hotspot. “It’s connections that make communities,” explains a video...Learn More

CountryWide Broadband Completes Acquisition of ITV-3 Inc. All-Fiber Peoria Cable Business

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ST. LOUIS (Nov. 14, 2016) – CountryWide Broadband (CWB) today announced that iTV-3, LLC, a company wholly-owned by CWB and Seaport Capital of New York, has acquired the assets of ITV-3, Inc. that provide fiber-to-the-premises network service to communities in and around Peoria, Illinois. iTV-3...Learn More

Execs: CenturyLink Level 3 Strategy Will Continue Level 3 Low-Cost Provider Approach

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CenturyLink plans to continue with a strategy that has been a hallmark for Level 3 after the planned CenturyLink Level 3 merger is completed, said CenturyLink CFO Stewart Ewing at a financial conference yesterday. The envisioned CenturyLink Level 3 strategy will be to “compete long-term...Learn More

CS&L CFO: Dark Fiber is Great Fit for Telecom REIT Strategy

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Dark fiber is a great fit for a telecom REIT strategy, said Communications Sales & Leasing Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Mark Wallace at a financial conference yesterday. The reason is that unlike the electronics underlying lit fiber, dark fiber assets are...Learn More

Lumos to Buy Clarity Communications, Mulls Regulated Wireline Divestiture

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Lumos Networks, a Virginia based regional carrier, will buy Clarity Communications, a North Carolina based regional fiber network. The Clarity deal was announced the same day that Lumos alerted investors of its intention to explore a regulated wireline divestiture strategy that could potentially sell off...Learn More

GTT To Acquire Hibernia Networks

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McLean, VA, November 9, 2016 —GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of global, high-speed network connectivity solutions and owner of terrestrial and subsea fiber assets...Learn More