Windstream REIT Spin-Off May Ignite Structural Separation Debate

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Windstream announced today their intention to spin off many of their network assets into a separate publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). The separate company will own Windstream’s existing fiber and copper networks, as well as other real estate assets. The transaction will allow...Learn More

Foundation for Rural Service and Foundation for Rural Education and Development to Merge

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Arlington, Va. (July 21, 2014)—The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS)  and the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding indicating intent to merge. FRED is the foundation formerly associated with Organization...Learn More

FCC Announces Merger Review Teams for Comcast-TW Cable and AT&T-DirecTV

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July 7, 2014 — Washington, D.C. – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today the members of an inter-bureau steering committee and the working team leaders established to coordinate the agency’s review of  merger applications from Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter and AT&T-DirecTV. Jonathan Sallet, General...Learn More

Zayo Group Acquires AtlantaNAP Data Center

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Boulder, Colo. – July 2, 2014 – zColo, the colocation division of international bandwidth infrastructure provider Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo”), today announced it has acquired Colo Facilities Atlanta (“AtlantaNAP”), an Atlanta data center and managed services provider.  The acquisition yields over 72,000 square feet of...Learn More

Consolidated /Enventis Merger Would Yield Strong Broadband/Business Company

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Consolidated Communications expects its planned merger with Enventis, announced today, to create “organic growth” opportunities, said Consolidated Chairman and CEO Bob Currey on a conference call with press and analysts this morning. Enventis’s 4,200-mile fiber network and the strong demographics in its Minnesota and North...Learn More

Rural Wireless Consolidation Continues with AT&T/ Plateau Deal

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Rural communications service provider Plateau Telecommunications said today that it has reached an agreement to sell its wireless operations in eastern New Mexico and West Texas to AT&T, making Plateau the latest in a long line of small carriers that have moved away from the...Learn More

Consumer Reports Finds Broad Comcast/ Time Warner Cable Merger Opposition

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Those in Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s respective executive suites may be all for it, but most Americans oppose the proposed merger of the two cable industry giants, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, which found that 56...Learn More

CEOs: A Combined Level3/ TWTelecom Could Better Serve “Sophisticated” Customers

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Level3 Communications’ plan to acquire TWTelecom, announced today, will create a company better able to target the “very sophisticated” customers that both companies serve and “whose network is a central element of their own growth and efficiency,” said Level3 CEO Jeff Storey on a conference...Learn More

WOW! Sells South Dakota Cable Properties to Clarity Telecom

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A cable overbuilder that has been quite active on the acquisitions front has taken the uncharacteristic step of divesting some of its cable operations. The company – previously known as Wide Open West but now known as WOW! – said today that it plans to...Learn More

C Spire Acquires MegaGate, Honing Business Market Focus

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Readers have grown accustomed to seeing Tier 2 and Tier 3 landline service providers focusing more closely on the business market to compensate for the erosion of their traditional voice service – and now at least one Tier 2 wireless service provider also is getting...Learn More

ViaSat NetNearU Acquisition Should Generate Wi-Fi Backhaul Business

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ViaSat’s acquisition of NetNearU, announced yesterday, should help the satellite broadband provider garner more Wi-Fi backhaul business. NetNearU offers a Wi-Fi management system, works with enterprise and government customers installing permanent or temporary Wi-Fi networks and in some cases operates its own Wi-Fi infrastructure. ViaSat...Learn More

Telecom Strategy Could See Big Changes From Modern Computing

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There is one single thread weaving through cloud computing, network functions virtualization, over the top applications, the Internet of Things and all software defined functions. All are examples of the fundamental architecture of modern computing, which separates applications from the pipes that deliver apps, or...Learn More