FCC Says Set-Top Monopoly is a Big Issue; Consumers Might Not Care

As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves towards requiring third party supply of decoders used to receive linear TV programming, a survey by Leichtman Research suggests consumers do not care too much about renting decoders. “Pay-TV subscribers tend to express little enmity toward set-top boxes,” Leichtman Research suggests. Some 20 percent of respondents to a Leichtman Research poll agree that  “set-top boxes from TV companies are a waste of money.” On the other hand, 44 percent of respondents disagree with the statement. About 42 percent of respondents agree that set-top boxes from TV companies provide features that add value to the TV service

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FairPoint’s Sunu: Charter-Time Warner Cable deal won’t affect broadband growth

FairPoint Communications isn't afraid of Charter Communications' pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a cable MSO that overlaps with the telco in a number of Northern New England states and other territories.

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Birch Communications appoints FairPoint vet Tomae as CEO, while Oddo shifts to lead Birch Equity

Birch Communications has named Tony Tomae as its next president and CEO, succeeding Vincent Oddo, who will become president and CEO of Birch's sister company Birch Equity Partners.

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Frontier sides against special access, says the ‘Ethernet market is competitive’

Frontier Communications is confident that when the FCC completes its analysis of the special access and local Ethernet markets, the regulator will find that the market is competitive and businesses have a bevy of service options.

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Frontier’s McCarthy: Verizon asset integration could have impact on Q2 subscriber adds

Frontier Communications is moving ahead with its integration of the Verizon properties it purchased in California, Florida and Texas, but that process will result in some near-term dips in broadband additions.

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Verizon deploys additional contractors as CWA, IBEW reject telco’s new labor offer

Verizonhas made another move to keep its maintenance and installation schedules on time by deploying thousands of additional employees as wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers continue their labor strike.

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Level 3 says small cell backhaul has potential, must align with other on-net business service opportunities

Level 3 Communications may have not have pursued the tower backhaul opportunity as aggressively as its other fiber-based counterparts, but the service provider continues to see potential in extending its fiber to small cell deployments.

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Level 3 Q1: Strength in the USA, but Weakness in Europe

With 18 months since the tw telecom acquisition under its belt, Level 3 Communications is now entering into what hopefully turn out to be a period of organic growth where the combined company starts to show its promise.  There’s sure to be ongoing integration work of course, but for 2016 it shouldn’t be the dominant feature.  They’ll be starting from a relatively low overall base though, as today the company released its first quarter numbers , the relevant numbers of which are summarized in the table below: … [ visit site to read more ]

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Verizon customers’ perception of FiOS, wireless drops as worker strike rages on

As Verizon's wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers continue with their labor strike, consumers' view of FiOS and Verizon Wireless have plummeted.

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Gigabit speed presents special-access conundrum, Level 3 says

Level 3 Communications may be one of the most aggressive providers rolling out fiber to deliver a host of Ethernet and cloud services, but being a competitive provider it can't bring fiber into every building that wants service.

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Charter gets FCC green light to complete TWC, Bright House acquisitions

Charter Communications got the thumbs up from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for its pending acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House, creating a new powerhouse consumer and business service player.

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Frontier stands firm on belief that regulating ILEC Ethernet access pricing could distort competition

Frontier Communications is reiterating its stance that if the FCC places new regulations on how ILECs price their Ethernet offerings it could inhibit competition and stall new investments in last mile infrastructure.

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Birch Reaches Deeper Into the Fiber Well

Birch Communications says it added another 130K buildings to its metro fiber reach in Q1 .  In all, they now reach into some 550K buildings this way, with a goal of a million by the end of the year.  … [ visit site to read more ]

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Verizon’s wireless business targeted by striking employees

“Don't buy Verizon Wireless” is the latest strategy that Verizon's 40,000 unionized wireline workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), are employing in their ongoing battle with the telecom giant.

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Tracking the Verizon wireline union strike

When Verizon wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) could not come to an agreement over various issues related to health care and pensions, they went on strike at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13.

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Consolidated Acquires Champaign

No, not the kind made from grapes, although they could have done that too come to think of it.  Consolidated Communications agreed yesterday to acquire Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) in a $13M all cash transaction, consolidating a bit more fiber infrastructure under its umbrella. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Level 3’s Storey returns to CEO post following short medical leave

Level 3 Communications CEO Jeff Storey is back on the job after a medical leave to recover from surgery related to a heart condition.

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If Low Cost Provider Wins, Cable TV Beats Telcos

In any competitive market, including consumer, small and medium business and parts of the enterprise communications markets, the low-cost provider tends to win. Telcos are anything but the low cost providers. Consider free cash flow margin of telcos and cable TV companies in the U.S. market, for example.

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Verizon’s CWA, IBEW wireline workers may strike on Wednesday

Verizon wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have threatened to go on strike Wednesday if the two sides can't come to an agreement.

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AT&T, CWA to continue negotiating after West, East wireline contracts expire

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America could not reach an agreement by the Saturday midnight expiration of their West Region wireline contract, but the two sides said they will continue to negotiate a new contract.

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