The Pac-12 Network will enter its fourth year-- and fourth college football season-- of operation without a lynchpin carriage deal on DirecTV.
Frontier plans to revamp its FiOS platform and expand the FTTH network in the three markets it will enter once its pending acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets takes place.
Less than two weeks after AT&T closed its $48.5 billion deal to buy DirecTV, it's crowing about its ability to do what no other U.S. wireless carrier can: sell bundled nationwide TV service. AT&T is offering a discount for its wireless customers to get them to sign up for DirecTV service and is throwing in credits and other benefits to sweeten the offer.
A little over a week after closing its $49 billion takeover of DirecTV, AT&T has already debuted an asterisk-heavy bundled promotion that combines pay-TV and wireless services.
Mark Lowenstein, managing director of Mobile Ecosystem, admits he's never been a big fan of AT&T's $49 billion DirecTV purchase. "Pay-TV is not a growing business, and I believe AT&T's dollars would have been better spent expanding its broadband business in the U.S.," he writes in FierceWireless.
AT&T has designated 4-Star Industrial Park in Robards, Ky., as "Fiber Ready," illustrating that it is making progress with driving fiber into more commercial buildings to deliver IP-based Ethernet and cloud services.
AT&T completed its acquisition of DirecTV last week, about a year after it was first announced. To be honest, I was never a big fan of this move. Pay TV is not a growing business, and I believe AT&T's dollars would have been better spent expanding its broadband business in the U.S. But now that AT&T owns DirecTV and its 20 million U.S. subscribers (plus 19 million in Latin America), what should we expect?
Level 3 Communications' EVP and CFO, Sunit Patel, maintains that as AT&T and Verizon focus more of their attention on wireless and entertainment, the company will benefit as it pursues new growth opportunities in the enterprise services space.
For many years, telecom was pretty much a man's world. But that is steadily changing as women continue to move into leadership positions at Tier 1 telcos like AT&T, competitive carriers, and industry advocacy groups like NTCA.
AT&T has called a proposed $100 million fine levied against it by the FCC for alleged throttling "unprecedented and indefensible."