In the 17 years that I've been writing about the pay TV business and the Internet, 2013 has been the most significant. Along with growth in TV Everywhere, Wi-Fi hotspots and broadband Internet subscriptions, the industry saw tests of the first virtual cable services and the return of cable pioneer John Malone.
FierceTelecom is counting down the story lines that shaped the telecom industry in 2013. From special access battles to new networking standards, find out what issues dominated the headlines.
Sports blackouts could be eliminated next year if the FCC succeeds with a rulemaking procedure it has initiated.
T-Mobile US says its research shows that LTE networks could operate side by side with co-channel, broadcast TV signals even in some of the nation's most densely populated areas.
Verizon Wireless has agreed to swap AWS and PCS spectrum with T-Mobile US, according to an FCC document. Although neither company has made any announcement about Verizon selling its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum T-Mobile, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam has said Verizon would be interested in a spectrum swap as part of a deal for the 700 MHz airwaves.
Poor Americans are driving the mobile-only trend, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Private equity firm Centerbridge Partners has dropped its $3.3 billion bid to buy LightSquared out of bankruptcy protection, but LightSquared said it is exploring a similarly structured deal with others. Meanwhile, Dish Network continues to lurk as a potential buyer for LightSquared.
A Sprint offer for No. 4 carrier T-Mobile US is still very much a rumor, a far-off one at that. However, many analysts don't think such a deal could pass muster with regulators in Washington for a variety of reasons, even if both are much smaller than larger competitors Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
Well, it looks like 2016 has arrived a little early. We have all known that a Sprint-TMO combination was a distinct possibility at some point, but believed, given the acquisition, and re-capitalization deals involving both companies just this year, that things would play out for awhile. But Sprint's thinking is that if a merger is a distinct inevitability, perhaps better to do it now. I think this makes some sense, and might be better long-term for the wireless industry and consumers.
Sprint is considering a bid for No. 4 carrier T-Mobile US, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Sprint is studying potential regulatory concerns of the deal, and it might make an offer in the first half of next year.