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

Tollgrade expands capabilities of in-home broadband testing tool

Tollgrade has added a software interface to its handheld VBT in-home broadband testing tool that will allow service providers to aggregate and store test results in a central location to ensure compliance with field repair processes.

Allstream promises Canadian businesses 'dramatically lower telecom costs'

Canadian IP telco Allstream has introduced a "SIP Gateway" service that it says will help Canadian businesses "save as much as 40 percent compared to traditional voice services."

CenturyLink wins $8.5M deal with Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., has enlisted CenturyLink to help with its voice, data and network telecommunications infrastructure service.

Google Fiber explores high-speed Internet for low-income areas of Nashville

Google Fiber is apparently taking a different twist on the old practice of cherry-picking. Rather than seeking out the deep-pocketed neighborhoods that would line up for its 1 Gbps broadband service, company officials were reportedly heading to Nashville this week to determine how they can bring high-speed access to "neighborhoods historically lacking access to that kind of service," a story in The Tennessean reported.

U.N. praises U.S. plans to transition oversight of Web domains

By agreeing to transition its oversight of domain names and other Internet architecture aspects to the international community, the U.S. is taking a step in the right direction of global, open Internet governance, a spokesman for the secretary general of the United Nations has said.

Level 3 exec: ISPs are playing a game of Internet 'chicken'

Last-mile ISPs are playing a game of "chicken" with the Internet, daring content providers to use their networks without paying a toll or suffer the consequences of poor service and connectivity to end users, according to a blog posted by Michael Mooney, general counsel-regulatory policy at Level 3 Communications.

Consumers concerned over Verizon, AT&T VoIP-only transition

Plans by AT&T and Verizon to shut down copper-based networks in favor of VoIP-only service are drawing concerns from consumers who worry that IP-only will interfere with services like burglar alarms, emergencies and fire alarm systems that depend on copper-based services. Some are even worried about losing copper-based Internet connections.

Verizon retirees issue challenge to board, senior execs

The Association of BellTel Retirees wants Verizon shareholders to support two proxy initiatives it maintains will make senior executives and the board of directors "more accountable to shareholders," the organization said in a press release.

Southern Telecom, Henry County Broadband working together to enhance Atlanta area fiber connectivity

Long haul and metro dark fiber provider Southern Telecom has entered into a strategic partnership with enterprise and commercial services broadband provider Henry County Broadband (HCB) to "provide reciprocal assets and services in the Atlanta, Macon and Henry County, Ga., areas," the two companies said in a press release.

BayRing Communications leverages FirstLight Fiber to extend fiber reach in New England

New England CLEC BayRing Communications and New York/New England facilities-based telecom service provider FirstLight Fiber have joined forces to enhance their fiber capabilities within the regional markets they serve throughout New England.