Municipal Broadband M&A: Sunset Digital to Buy BVU OptiNet

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In what could be an emerging trend of municipal broadband M&A activity, one of the nation’s earliest municipal broadband networks is set to be sold. Duffield, Virginia-based Sunset Digital Communications announced last week that it will purchase the OptiNet Division of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority,...Learn More

Opposition to a Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger Plan Grows

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The opposition to a Charter-Time Warner Cable merger has gained a new voice, in the form of a new broad-based group of consumer groups and telecom and cable companies who on January 22 launched the Stop Mega Cable Coalition (Stop MCC). The group aims to...Learn More

CS&L PEG Bandwidth Deal Departs From Windstream REIT Model

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Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) said today that it plans to acquire PEG Bandwidth, a fiber network operator focused largely on providing fiber-to-the-tower for wireless carriers. The CS&L PEG Bandwidth transaction will be the first that the self proclaimed “Communications REIT” has made since the...Learn More

New Frontier Logo Debuts

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A new Frontier logo debuts today just as Frontier is transforming itself into a national broadband player, thanks to acquisitions of former Verizon and AT&T territories. So why not reboot their look entirely? “The evolved look reflects a transformed typeface, a brighter color palette, and...Learn More

Colane Cable TV Acquisition is Latest Rural Broadband Consolidation Move by Shentel

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A Colane Cable TV acquisition by West Virginia based Shentel comes on the heels of a major wireless acquisition by the growing rural broadband provider. Colane Cable TV  is a cable company offering a triple play bundle to several West Virginia communities. Shentel is a...Learn More

More Rural Service Provider Consolidation: Shawnee to Buy Moultrie

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The rural service provider consolidation trend gained momentum last week when Shawnee Communications announced plans to acquire Moultrie Multicorp, the holding company of Moultrie Independent Telephone Company (MITC) and One-Eleven Internet Services. Both Shawnee and MITC are small telcos serving rural Illinois. The deal is...Learn More

AT&T Shift from U-verse to DirecTV: Do Risks Outweigh Rewards?

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AT&T will de-prioritize U-verse video in favor of DirecTV in 2016, creating both threats and opportunities for the carrier, notes financial research firm Bernstein in a couple of recent research notes.  According to the researchers, AT&T senior management revealed the planned change in emphasis during...Learn More

Rural Wireless Consolidation: Nsight Buys Spectrum from Three Rural Carriers

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Three small telecom service providers based in northern Wisconsin have agreed to sell spectrum licenses to Nsight. Also based in Wisconsin, Nsight is a rural telecom service provider that owns Cellcom, a wireless network operator that has had considerably greater success in the wireless market...Learn More

Clearing Last Regulatory Hurdle, Frontier Revenue Set to Double After Verizon Deal Closes

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Frontier received approval from the California PUC for its acquisition of Verizon territory in that state. This approval was the last remaining regulatory hurdle for the historic acquisition, which is now scheduled to close in March 2016. The deal will dramatically increase Frontier’s size and...Learn More

Zayo to Acquire Allstream

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November 23, 2015  — BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (“Zayo”) (NYSE: ZAYO), a leading provider of Communications Infrastructure services, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Allstream, Inc. (“Allstream”), which offers bandwidth and telecom services to business and public sector...Learn More

Allo Acquisition Leads to Nebraska Gigabit Plans

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Allo Communications, a Nebraska based competitive triple play provider will launch gigabit services in Lincoln, Nebraska, due in part to its sale to Lincoln based Nelnet. Formed in 2003, Allo currently provides fiber based triple and double play services to a variety of Nebraska communities....Learn More

Broadband Provider Consolidation: Hargray Buys Plantation Cablevision

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Tier 2 and 3 broadband provider consolidation is happening on multiple fronts – from telcos buying telcos and cable companies buying cable companies to telcos buying cable companies. An example of the latter came this week from South Carolina-based telco Hargray Communications, which said it...Learn More