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

Internet data usage pushing telecom M&A to highest level since 2000

Skyrocketing Internet data usage is driving the biggest merger and acquisition spree among telecoms and tech companies in a decade, a Wall Street Journal blog item reported.

Comcast pushes back heralded 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home rollout

Comcast said it will rollout its 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home service Gigabit Pro in June. The company was supposed to debut the service in May but was delayed.

CenturyLink exec Karen Puckett to retire

Karen Puckett, president of global markets at CenturyLink, will retire Aug. 31. Her position, at least in the interim, will be filled by Ross Garrity, senior vice president of IT solutions.

Lifeline Assistance Program needs broadband in reform, legislators say

Two U.S. senators and a congresswoman have thrown their support behind the Broadband Adoption Act of 2015, citing the need for the Lifeline Assistance Program to include subsidies for broadband Internet services.

Philadelphia suburb sues service providers over 911 fees

Philadelphia suburb Delaware County is suing 19 Pennsylvania telecom providers because, it claims, they came up short on $41.4 million in 911 fees over a six-year period, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Cisco's incoming CEO Robbins gives co-presidents Lloyd and Moore the boot

Two Cisco presidents will depart as part of an organizational restructuring instituted by incoming CEO Chuck Robbins.

Comcast to 'move on' after killing Time Warner Cable deal

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 rearranges wireline competition bureau staff

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, Level 3 make nice with interconnection agreement

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.

Broadband goes local in Montana and New Mexico

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.