Jim Barthold

Biography for Jim Barthold

Jim Barthold, editor of FierceIPTV, has been around the telecommunications space since advanced engineers used two tin cans and a string to communicate. A longtime freelance writer, he has worked over the years with General Instrument Corp. in public relations, Cable World, Telephony Magazine, Telecommunications Magazine, Communications Technology Magazine, CED Magazine and a few other publications that have nothing to do with cable TV, as well as a short stint as a senior analyst with NPD Connected Intelligence. An avid golfer, Barthold follows the advice of the professional staff at Running Deer Golf Club and keeps his day job. He can be reached at jbarthold@fiercemarkets.com and found on LinkedIn.

Articles by Jim Barthold

Oklahoma regulators struggle to reform phone subsidy program

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is having a tough time reforming a $37 million telephone fund for rural carriers that was started in 1996 with the intention of keeping basic telephone service affordable in rural areas.

FairPoint seeks 5-year extension of Vermont regulation oversight relief

FairPoint Communications wants a five-year extension on a Vermont incentive regulation plan that went into effect in 2012.

Verizon to pay $1.375M in FiOS pricing settlement in Maryland

Verizon will pay $1.375 million to settle a complaint by Maryland customers who say the company misrepresented FiOS costs. The telco also agreed to pay a $250,000 state penalty and $75,000 in costs.

Rural N.J. community makes plea for Verizon to improve copper landline service

While most telecommunications customers want faster high-speed Internet service and better wireless connections, residents of rural Hopewell Township, N.J., would be happy if their landlines worked. And they've appealed to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to make Verizon do something about it.

Zacks: Cincinnati Bell's landline business stands as 'prime growth driver'

Cincinnati Bell's wireline segment "stands as the (company's) prime growth driver," a Zacks Equity Research analyst report says, although continued access line losses and the loss of a recurring revenue stream from a wireless business pullback negates some of the positives.

Montana PSC probing CenturyLink repair service

The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) will continue to investigate CenturyLink landline service quality issues and outages after an informal investigation revealed violations of PSC rules.

Fashion house selects CenturyLink to improve network, add in-store Wi-Fi

Fashion house BCBG Max Azria Group has tabbed CenturyLink to connect more than 400 retail boutiques with a fully managed and monitored VoIP network and in-store Wi-Fi service for shoppers.

GCI, WellAware partner on remote oil and gas field monitoring

Alaskan telecommunications provider GCI is partnering with oil and gas monitoring and optimization provider WellAware on a deal to provide oil and gas field operators access to advanced analytics of their remote operations. The partnership will be managed by GCI Industrial Telecom.

FairPoint strikers take their case to Wall Street

Union activists took to the streets of New York City to make the case for striking northern New England FairPoint workers. The demonstrators made their case outside a New York conference attended by executives from Wall Street hedge fund Angelo, Gordon, the telco's biggest stakeholder.

ShoreTel board rejects Mitel's latest buyout offer

ShoreTel's board of directors has unanimously rejected Mitel's latest buyout bid because it "significantly undervalues ShoreTel and its strong prospects for continued growth and value creation," the carrier said in a press release.