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

Zayo's IPO soars as investors bet on business demand for high-speed broadband

Fiber network company Zayo Group Holdings' initial public offering (IPO) was a success when investor enthusiasm about growing commercial demand for high-speed broadband drove up the company's stock as much as 20 percent.

Verizon expected to report higher profit

Wall Street analysts are generally encouraged that Verizon will bring positive news when it announces third-quarter earnings Oct. 21, with consensus estimates of a profit of 92 cents a share, up from 77 cents a year ago.

Atlantic Broadband launches 10 gig metro Ethernet

Cogeco subsidiary Atlantic Broadband has launched 10 gigabit metro Ethernet service to business customers across its service areas in western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland, Delaware and South Carolina.

Northern New England Fairpoint workers go on strike after negotiations break down

About 1,700 Fairpoint Communications workers represented by the Northern New England chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) went on strike after negotiations with the carrier broke down. The job action affected company locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont after talks in Boston broke down.

AT&T: DirecTV deal good for rural customers, has nothing to do with Comcast-TWC

A combined AT&T-DirecTV will be good for rural customers, effectively helping bridge the digital divide, but it has no connection with Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, AT&T argues in a new filing with the FCC.

CRTC: Canadians spent more for TV, wireless and broadband, less for wireline voice in 2013

The average Canadian family doled out $191 (U.S. $168.56) a month for communications in 2013, 3.2 percent more than the $185 ($163.27) in 2013 but spent $2.01 ($1.77) a month less for wireline telecom, paying $32.85 ($28.99), according to the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Frost & Sullivan cites 8x8's cloud and contact center expertise

Frost & Sullivan has singled out 8x8's hosted IP telephone and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) services for its 2014 North America Award for Customer Value Leadership, the two entities said in a press release.

Telstra boosts strategic enterprise product push with Bridge Point acquisition

Australian operator Telstra's acquisition of channel partner Bridge Point continues a buying spree designed to boost its enterprise IT presence.

Lumos' Pittsburgh NOC aims to improve fiber-to-the-cell traffic

Lumos Networks fired up a Pittsburgh-based parallel Network Operating Center (NOC) that will concurrently replicate the functions of the company's NOC in Waynesboro, Va., and connect with the company's Project Ark all-IP network overlay designed to handle fiber-to-the-cell traffic.

California sheriff: Criminal act, not falling tree, caused AT&T outage

In a twist on the old falling tree in the forest riddle, Tuolumne County, Calif., Sheriff Jim Mele said a criminal act, not a falling tree, actually caused a fiber cut that disrupted AT&T phone and Internet service outside the town of Sonora.