Qualified $2B CAF II Auction Bidders Range From Tier 1 Verizon, to Rural Telcos, Electrics, WISPs, and Everything In Between

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More than 200 companies (220) have qualified to participate in the Connect America Fund II (CAF II) auction scheduled to begin in late July, including large incumbent carriers such as Verizon, Cox, Windstream, Frontier, Cincinnati Bell and Hawaiian Telcom and dozens of rural telcos. Also...Learn More

NCTA Touts Rural Cable Gigabit Successes

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Rural cable gigabit success stories are highlighted in a range of new blog posts from NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. The success stories come from tier 2 and 3 cable companies such as Mediacom and Alaska’s GCI. The initiative suggests that the cable...Learn More

Pai Urges Small Cable CAF II Auction Bids; Will They Take Him Up on It?

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today urged small cable companies to bid for funding in the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) auction, scheduled to start in July. The CAF II Auction will award as much as $2 billion over 10 years to cover some of the...Learn More

ACA Survey: Retransmission Fees May Reach $19 Per Subscriber, Per Month by 2020

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Retransmission fees are continuing to escalate and will go much higher in the next few years, according to smaller cable companies that are members of the American Cable Association (ACA). ACA members reported that they will be forced to pay corporate broadcasters an average of...Learn More

NCTC, MobiTV Deal to Test Consumer Appetite for App Based Pay-TV

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A new NCTC, MobiTV deal, announced today, will help shape an ongoing debate about the future of pay-TV. Is that future based on a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) app model, or will customers continue to opt for the status-quo operator provided set-top-box (STB) scenario? The National Cable...Learn More

Small Business Customers Targeted with Vyve Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Promotion

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Vyve Broadband, a cable broadband consolidator focuses on rural communities, is offering free Wi-Fi hotspots for business customers who sign up for its 105 Mbps service. The Vyve free Wi-Fi hotspots provide customers with a secure connection that is supported by a Vyve-branded portal through...Learn More

ACA’s TV Ransom Campaign Highlights Rising Retransmission Consent Fees

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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