Comcast’s NBCUniversal to Acquire Dreamworks Animation

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New York, April 28, 2016 – NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA), today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA). One of the world’s most admired family brands, DreamWorks Animation creates animated feature films, television series and specials, live entertainment and related...Learn More

Proposed Charter, TWC, Bright House Deal Conditions Would Prohibit Interconnection Fees

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday recommended approval of a long-awaited cable industry megamerger. But the Charter, TWC, Bright House deal conditions would prohibit the merged company from charging interconnection fees and from imposing usage-based pricing and data caps. Apparently the merged company also would be...Learn More

Aureon BNS Acquisition Fuels Business Solutions Strategy

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The Aureon BNS Acquisition announced today is the latest move that Aureon has made to position the organization as a business solutions provider. Originally known as Iowa Network Services, Aureon started as a statewide fiber network owned by a group of Iowa-based telecom service providers....Learn More

Consolidated Buys Champaign Telephone, Expands Business Services Footprint

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In its latest acquisition move, Mattoon, Illinois based Consolidated buys Champaign Telephone of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois to bolster its business services reach and fiber footprint. The deal also includes Big Broadband Services, a sister company to Champaign Telephone Company (CTC). The acquisition will add a 275...Learn More

Midco Buys Data Center, Taps Telco Fiber Network for Expansion

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In a move illustrating a growing focus on business and enterprise services, cable MSO Midco buys data center operator Dataware LLC and taps the regional fiber network owned and operated by independent telco Arvig of Minnesota. The deals highlight a growing strategy of cable MSOs,...Learn More

Codero Cloud Platform Integrated with 32 Carrier Investors

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Austin, Texas-based Codero Hosting on April 7 announced it has extended Codero cloud hosting infrastructure and managed services to rural and regional U.S. markets. Now able to reach more than 350,000 additional businesses, the expansion follows on from Codero’s acquisition by a consortium of 32...Learn More

As $10.5 Billion Frontier/ Verizon Deal Closes, a Report Card on Frontier Acquisitions Strategy

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Frontier Communications became a considerably larger company and Verizon shrunk somewhat with the news today that Frontier’s $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon landline operations in California, Texas and Florida has been completed.  To mark the occasion, I thought it would be appropriate to put together...Learn More

CS&L Wireless Tower Acquisition Illustrates Focus on Wireless Infrastructure

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A CS&L wireless tower acquisition from Windstream highlights an ongoing move into the wireless infrastructure business for the newly formed telecommunications REIT. Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) is the REIT spin-off from Windstream, created to assemble, own, and lease telecommunications network assets. CS&L will be...Learn More

Fiber Network Consolidation Continues with FirstLight Fiber Sale News

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The fiber network consolidation trend continues with the news today of plans for a FirstLight Fiber sale to Oak Hill Capital Partners. Formerly known as Tech Valley Communications and initially serving the Albany, N.Y. area, FirstLight Fiber has itself been a consolidator, having acquired several...Learn More

CEO: CountryWide Broadband Acquires iTV-3, With More Deals in the Works

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The tier 3 telecom market gained another consolidator yesterday with the news that St. Louis-based startup company CountryWide Broadband plans to acquire iTV-3, operator of an open access gigabit network serving several central Illinois communities, including Peoria, Champaign and Urbana. In an interview CountryWide Broadband...Learn More

XO/ Verizon Deal: XO Spectrum to Support Verizon 5G R&D

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Verizon said today that it plans to purchase XO Communications’ fiber optic network business for approximately $1.8 billion – a development that illustrates the lingering impact of the crash that hit the telecom industry in the early 2000s. Spokesmen for XO and Verizon confirmed that...Learn More

Great Plains Communications Completes Acquisition of Pinpoint Network Services

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BLAIR, Neb., Feb. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Great Plains Communications, the largest privately owned Nebraska telecommunications company is pleased to announce the completion of their acquisition of Pinpoint Network Solutions and the Pinpoint Broadband business units of its regional fiber company, Pinpoint Holdings. The...Learn More