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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Frontier Communications sees a large opportunity to drive more of its residential broadband users--the majority of which are still on a low-speed 6 Mbps connection--to the higher speeds that it's making available across its network footprint.
Cogent Communications has asked federal regulators to reject AT&T's pending acquisition of DirecTV if it does not put restrictions on the new company to ensure it does not charge large fees for exchanging Web traffic.
Smart home automation systems may still be a nascent market segment, but according to ABI Research, it is going to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent between 2015 and 2020.
Comcast and Cox Communications are enhancing their Gbps broadband reach with plans to bring their services to multiple markets in the Midwest, Southeast and West. In doing so, they will increasingly do battle with traditional telcos like AT&T and CenturyLink, which are selectively moving into the fiber broadband game.
CenturyLink has set an aggressive goal with its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) initiative, signaling that it plans to reach 700,000 residential homes with the service by the end of the year.
Shentel reported that its steady wireline fiber lease revenues dipped to $8 million in the first quarter 2015, down from $8.1 million in the same period a year ago.
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CHICAGO--Making about as overt a gesture as you're ever likely to see at a trade show, Cablevision CEO James Dolan told an INTX panel audience, in very few uncertain words, that he'd like Time Warner Cable to buy his company.
CHICAGO--Addressing an INTX convention backed by a trade group that's suing to stop his new Open Internet orders, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged cable operators to embrace their transformation from cable TV distributors to broadband companies and rise to the "challenge" of making Internet service a more competitive business.