Consolidation, net neutrality, special access and rights-of-way dominated the headlines at Comptel Spring 2015
This year's spring Comptel trade show in Orlando, Fla., once again reflected a competitive industry that's in transition. The show featured three keynote speeches from members of the service-provider industry and even a lawmaker: Representatives from Google Fiber and Sprint were keynote speakers, as was Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).
Tony Thomas took over the CEO role at Windstream CEO n in December when Jeff Gardner announced he was resigning from the company. Prior to his new role, he was president of its real estate investment (REIT) company and earlier served as CFO. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently caught up with Thomas to talk about his vision for the company in 2015 and beyond.
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AT&T has completed the third largest corporate bond sale--$17.5 billion--to help pay for its DirecTV acquisition.
Facing intense regulatory pressure, Comcast has killed its proposed acquisition of No. 2 MSO Time Warner Cable and will "move on," Chairman-CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement.
FCC Assistant Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) Chief Matt DelNero will take over the top position within the bureau when current Bureau Chief Julie Veach leaves the post on May 22, the government agency said.
Verizon and Level 3 have agreed to make nice. The two potentially contentious telecom players have entered into a long-term bilateral interconnection agreement to ensure "that customers on the two networks can continue to exchange data in an effective and efficient matter," said a Verizon blog post by Libby Jacobson, director of digital communications.
The digital divide is being sliced in two Western states where a rural telecommunications provider, Nemont Telephone Cooperative of Scobey, Mont., and the city of Santa Fe, N.M., have taken it upon themselves to fill the gap between narrowband and broadband.
USTelecom has taken its position against the FCC's reclassification of broadband as a Title II telecommunications service to the next step, filing a "non-binding statement of issues" with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
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Just hours after Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially confirmed that their marriage is off comes word that Charter Communications is preparing to make its next bid for TWC.
Despite ever-more-conclusive evidence that syndication sales to SVOD platforms is having an dramatic, ongoing negative effect on linear channels, Turner on Thursday announced a sweeping program rights deal with Hulu.