ACA’s TV Ransom Campaign Highlights Rising Retransmission Consent Fees

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Cable Act, which launched the retransmission consent process for local broadcast channels, the American Cable Association (ACA) has put an interesting spin on the very painful process – ransom. Their TV Ransom campaign aims to highlight the...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the FCC to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction. The CAF II auction will award funding rejected by price cap carriers in parts of 20 states. The auction is designed to award funding to...Learn More

MaxxSouth Broadband, Ripley Video Cable to Combine

Block Communications, the parent company of MaxxSouth Broadband, said late yesterday that it plans to acquire Ripley Video Cable. The MaxxSouth Broadband, Ripley deal will bring together two companies that provide broadband and video service in Mississippi. MaxxSouth also provides service in parts of Alabama....Learn More

TDS Acquires K2 Communications, Opportunistic Buying Spree Continues

Another small cable company is being acquired by TDS, as the telecom operator continues an opportunistic cable operator buying spree. K2 is located north of Denver, Colorado, in close proximity to a larger TDS cable acquisition, Baja Broadband. TDS Acquires K2 Communications A relatively new...Learn More

Vyve Rural Cable Strategy: 200 Mbps Everywhere and Engage the Community

More than 80% of Vyve Broadband markets can now get speeds of 200 Mbps, the rural cable company announced late yesterday. Moving forward, the Vyve rural cable strategy calls for upgrading the company’s entire footprint to support speeds of 200 Mbps, said Diane Quennoz, Vyve senior...Learn More

Cable ONE Completes Acquisition of NewWave Communications

Phoenix, Arizona — May 1, 2017 — Cable One, Inc. (NYSE: CABO) (the “Company” or “Cable ONE”) today announced the completion of its acquisition of NewWave Communications (“NewWave”), a cable operator providing high-speed data, video and voice services to residential and business customers throughout non-urban...Learn More

$735 Million Cable One NewWave Acquisition Targets Non-Urban Markets

Continuing the cable consolidation trend, Cable One said today that it plans to acquire NewWave Communications for $735 million. Cable One is one of the nation’s 10 largest cable companies and will gain considerably more scale by acquiring NewWave, which ranks number 19. The combined...Learn More

WOW NuLink Acquisition is Latest Example of Cable Consolidation

The WOW NuLink acquisition announced today is the latest example of consolidation in the Tier 2 and 3 cable market. WOW will obtain Georgia-based cable operator NuLink from Halyard Capital, a New York-based private equity firm. The price was not disclosed. NuLink offers broadband, digital...Learn More

NTCA Report Highlights 15 Year Rural Broadband Progress

Rural broadband has come a long way in the last 15 years, according to new research from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. One hundred percent of NTCA’s small rural telco members who responded to a 2015 survey offer broadband to some part of their...Learn More

Future of Pay-TV: Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Sort Of)

If you follow the broadband industry closely, you have probably seen a pay-TV forecast or two that suggests pay-TV’s brightest days are in the past. Cord cutting and OTT alternatives are now ‘in vogue’ and some say the future of pay-TV is in jeopardy as...Learn More

Comcast, NCTC Agreement Paves Way for DOCSIS 3.1

A new Comcast, NCTC Agreement will provide the NCTC’s small cableco members with advanced technology that reduces the bandwidth and equipment needed to support video services. As Comcast Wholesale explains in a press release, the cablecos can use the reclaimed bandwidth and equipment to offer...Learn More

ACA: 200 Small Video Providers Could Shut Down Due to New FCC STB Requirements

The American Cable Association has joined the opposition to new proposed FCC STB requirements introduced earlier this year, arguing the proposal could force more than 200 of the 700 small U.S. cable companies out of the video business. The FCC proposal would require cable companies...Learn More

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