If there were two themes to describe the first quarter of 2016 for the top 12 wireline service providers it would be transition and transformation. With the earnings season now complete, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the results of the top 12 U.S. incumbents and how they are taking charge of changing times.
Whether it is special access, net neutrality, the recent labor strike, or shedding wireline assets to Frontier, Craig Silliman, EVP of Public Policy and General Counsel of Verizon, has a full plate. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Silliman during the TIA 2016 trade show in Dallas to talk about the pressing policy issues Verizon is dealing with today.
With so much focus being on wireless much of the world seemingly has forgotten that Sprint has a profitable wireline business. The company is working to change that attitude by launching a separate wireline division dedicated to its business customer base. Leading this segment is 10-year company veteran Mike Fitz.
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Longtime executives in the telecom industry have seen their fair share of disruption over the decades. But where should today's telecom executives look for the next big wave of disruption? Fierce has assembled a list of executives who are looking blazing a trail to the future -- executives who believe are poised to deliver on the next big thing.
CenturyLink says that a request made by the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology to classify dark fiber leases or indefeasible rights of use agreements as special construction could have grave consequences.
Frontier's woes in West Virginia have come to a new head as competitive provider Citynet is suing the telco over abusing $40.5 million in federal stimulus funds to build a broadband network that would lock out competitors in the state.
The Ethernet Alliance and the Nbase-T Alliance announced a new collaborative effort they say is designed to accelerate mainstream deployment of 2.5GBase-T and 5GBase-T Ethernet. This technology multiplies network throughput of the more than 70 billion meters of Cat5e and Cat6 cabling sold throughout the last 13 years.
AT&T says it's on track to extend its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to over 2 million locations by the end of 2016, nearly doubling the reach of its fiber network as fulfills FCC requirements related to its DirecTV deal.
Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications -- a deal that will deepen its fiber and millimeter wave wireless spectrum holdings for future 5G wireless deployments -- has hit a speed bump as the FCC has asked the two service providers for additional information.
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Sprint is quietly testing new unlimited data plans in a handful of markets across the U.S. And it appears to have taken a page from T-Mobile's playbook to do it.
As AT&T readies the launch of its DirecTV Now streaming pay-TV service later this year, the company told investors Thursday that 5 million customers have already signed up for an offer that bundles DirecTV service with unlimited wireless data plans.