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

C Spire adds next-gen home automation to its service lineup

C Spire has found yet another use for the FTTH network it is building in Mississippi: home automation, which is being added into a suite of services it calls C Spire Home.

Report: Google Fiber starts Austin buildout

A published report indicates that Google Fiber has begun its anticipated buildout in Austin, Texas, but that the company will miss its original deadline to start connecting homes by the middle of 2014.

FCC approves $2B E-Rate changes aimed at improving broadband and Wi-Fi for schools, libraries

The FCC voted to move forward on a proposal that is intended to modernize the subsidy program that supports Internet access for public schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate. The changes will drive $2 billion toward the effort, including funding for Wi-Fi in schools. The agency also established a budget for rural broadband experiments.

Volatile Verizon stock swings up after positive 2Q comments

Verizon stock, more volatile than the late-afternoon weather in July, turned sharply upward yesterday after CEO Lowell McAdam said its wireless arm would report more than 1.4 million retail postpaid additions in the second quarter.

Verizon says it's working with Netflix to improve streaming quality

Verizon has taken the offensive--sort of--in sorting out complaints that its network is responsible for network congestion that impacts the quality of experience for its FiOS customers viewing Netflix.

Mexican legislators push through telecom overhaul

Mexican telecom reform legislation is now on the desk of President Enrique Pena Nieto after the lower house of Congress voted to approve sweeping new laws intended to break up the monopolies controlling the country's telco and broadcast businesses and open those markets to outside competition.

Sen. Franken asks regulators to 'carefully scrutinize" AT&T-DirecTV deal

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has turned his anti-merger fervor towards AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.

NTCA: Rural schools doing OK when it comes to broadband

The digital divide isn't overwhelming rural schools and libraries, according to the NTCA-the Rural Broadband Association's "Schools and Libraries Survey."

Writers Guild of America East opposes Internet fast lanes

The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) has made clear its opposition to any form of Internet fast lane.

Choice Hotels gives Comcast Business a thumbs up

Although it's unlikely they'll be unveiling any "Brian Roberts Slept Here" signs, Choice Hotels has given Comcast Business a thumbs up as a "qualified technology provider" that can be used by any of the company's 5,000 franchise properties in the U.S.