FCC Reverses Charter Broadband Overbuild Condition

The FCC has reversed a previous decision to require Charter to bring broadband to one million U.S. homes that already have broadband service available to them. The requirement, imposed under the previous FCC administration, was a condition of commission approval of Charter’s plan to acquire...Learn More

European Commission Approves AT&T Acquisition of Time Warner

March 15, 2017 — DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has approved AT&T’s* pending acquisition of Time Warner. “We appreciate the skilled work of the European Commission’s team for their timely effort to analyze and clear the AT&T-Time Warner merger,”...Learn More

Sprint VoIP Patent Lawsuit Yields At Least $139.8 Million From Charter

A federal court Friday ruled in favor of Sprint in a VoIP patent lawsuit against Time Warner Cable (now part of Charter Communications), several news outlets have reported.  Charter will be required to pay Sprint at least $139.8 million and possibly triple that amount. The...Learn More

2016: A Big Year for Telecom M&A

The past year was a big one for telecom M&A. Telecompetitor covered more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions in 2016 and they involved numerous facets of the industry. Here’s a summary of key trends and how they are reshaping the communications service provider playing...Learn More

Consumer Electronics Energy Efficiency Sees Gains

A groundbreaking consumer electronics energy efficiency agreement among U.S. ISPs is paying dividends across U.S. society, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). Nearly 90 percent of home Internet modems, routers and other consumer electronic (CE) equipment bought...Learn More

RCN, Verizon Top List of Best ISPs for Business

PC Magazine readers rated RCN at the top of the list of the best ISPs for business, followed closely by Verizon Fios. This was the second year PC Magazine ranked the best ISPs for business. Last year Verizon Fios earned top honors. Verizon Fios’s 2016...Learn More

TV Retransmission Fees Forecast to Hit $11.6 Billion by 2022

A new TV retransmission fees forecast calls for U.S. TV station owners to receive $11.6 billion in fees from multi-channel operators by 2022.  That’s a steep increase from the $6.4 billion in retransmission fees that station owners received in 2015, according to the forecast, which...Learn More

Altice Cablevision Purchase Completed; Investment Plans Include New CPE, WiFi

Cable industry consolidation continues with the Altice Cablevision purchase completed yesterday. The news comes just weeks after completion of a deal that made Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks part of Charter Communications. Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator, having previously...Learn More

Carriers Seek Reversal of Business Data Services Regulation, Citing Flawed Analysis

Six of the nation’s largest telecom service providers are seeking big changes to the current plans for FCC business data services regulation. At issue is the huge volume of data on which the FCC based its plans and which the carriers says is “irretrievably flawed.”...Learn More

Opposition to Charter Overbuild Requirements: ACA and NTCA Weigh In

The American Cable Association and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association this week filed petitions in opposition to Charter overbuild requirements imposed by the FCC as a condition of Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Both organizations represent smaller, rural operators....Learn More

Charter, Bright House, Time Warner Cable Deal Completed

STAMFORD, Conn., May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) (together with its subsidiaries, “Charter”) today announced that it has closed its previously announced transactions whereby legacy Charter, the previous public company (“legacy Charter”), has combined with Time Warner Cable Inc. (“TWC”).  Subject...Learn More

FCC Approval for Charter TWC Bright House Merger Received

FCC approval for Charter TWC Bright House merger plans, announced late Friday, means the deal could close soon. The only remaining hurdle is the California Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to vote to approve the deal this week. Charter’s plan to acquire Time Warner...Learn More

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