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

Netflix denies building any 'fast lanes'

Despite what FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai might think, Netflix says it has never instituted a "fast lane" that interferes with ISPs that are working on caching systems to accelerate content across broadband networks and is actually helping ISPs.

CenturyLink acquires IT services firm Cognilytics

CenturyLink continued a recent buying spree by acquiring Cognilytics, a provider of advanced predictive analytics and big data solutions for mid-sized and large enterprises. Earlier this week the carrier announced it was buying disaster recovery expert DataGardens.

Gardner resigns as Windstream president-CEO

In a management shakeup, Windstream founding President-CEO Jeff Gardner has resigned and Tony Thomas, president of the company's real estate investment trust (REIT) and former CFO, has been named as his replacement. Gardner will stay on as a senior advisor to the CEO and member of the board of directors through Feb. 1, 2015.

FCC raises E-rate subsidies to pay for extended education technology program

Consumers and businesses will pay on average $1.90 a year more in telephone taxes to subsidize an expansion and modernization of the FCC's E-rate program to support education technology.

FCC sets 10 Mbps as new rural broadband starting point

Wireline companies wanting to tap into Connect America funding will have to deliver broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, the FCC has ruled.

Verizon's Shammo clarifies remarks about net neutrality impact on company's investment strategy

Apparently net neutrality will have an impact on Verizon's future investments--much as it will for other telcos--Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has clarified.

Australian government tells NBN Co. to charge developers for fiber connections

Australia's NBN Co. plans to charge developers and owners of new residential apartment blocks fees that range into the thousands of dollars if they want to connect its fiber to their properties, according to a new Australian government policy.

Oregon tax law could trip up Google Fiber's Portland rollout

Oregon tax laws could derail Google Fiber's deployment in Portland, potentially causing the company to pull out from a build it announced in February and taking hundreds of millions of investment dollars along with it, local officials fear.

AT&T's Donovan: Satellite a fourth dimension to delivering linear video

Satellite, presumably via the acquisition of DirecTV, will add a fourth dimension to AT&T's video delivery portfolio, John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T architecture, technology and operations, said during Barclays 2014 Global Technology Conference.

Small Canadian ISPs starting to offer TV service bundles using telco, cable networks

Small Canadian ISPs that use unregulated wholesale access to incumbent telco and cable companies' networks are, in a way, starting to bite the hands that feed them by offering IPTV over those networks.