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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Charter's proposed Time Warner Cable, Bright House acquisitions will bolster its fiber, Ethernet capabilities
Charter Communications made it official that it will acquire Time Warner Cable for $56.7 billion in cash and stock, a deal that will immediately enhance its fiber reach and Ethernet capabilities for business and wholesale carrier customers.
The FCC has filed its opposition to requests made by USTelecom, AT&T and CenturyLink to stay the implementation of its net neutrality rules, showing that it is not going to give into the telecom industry's pressure to revise its order.
According to reports, Google Fiber has been automatically forwarding copyright infringement notices to customers who have downloaded copyrighted materials. The notices often offer to settle claims for $20 to $300.
C Spire Business Solutions has introduced a new set of cloud-based unified communications (UC) services called C Spire Unifi.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint's emergence as the top four wireless operators came through an aggressive campaign of consolidation of a number of regional providers, including Alltel, Leap Wireless, MetroPCS and others. FierceWireless, in partnership with Quexor Group, looks at acquisition patterns of the four major wireless carriers during the past 10 years.
Verizon is giving its small business customers that reside in its FiOS fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) markets a free Internet speed upgrade.
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Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg scheduled a meeting with senior management to discuss potential large-scale mergers and acquisitions that would help the company to compete against a merged Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent was cast into doubt by shareholders of the French-U.S. equipment vendor who are unhappy with the €15.6 billion ($17 billion) price agreed by the companies' managers.