On the same day ESPN filed suit over Verizon's new program bundling strategy, CBS has willingly signed on for it. CBS Sports Network will now be part of the "Sports Channel Pack" component of Verizon's new "Custom TV" bundle, a controversial new FiOS service added April 17.
Verizon continued to expand and enhance its wireline and FiOS services in Northeast cities and towns throughout 2014, but the telco has not indicated if it would make fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) investments in any other regions.
TV and radio stations owned by the Walt Disney Company and 21 st Century Fox are refusing to run commercials in New York promoting Verizon's new "Custom HD" pay-TV program bundle system, the wireless giant says.
Verizon is seeing more of its FiOS customers adopt its symmetrical 75 Mbps Quantum speed tier, a factor that's helped the telco offset an overall decline in first-quarter 2015 wireline revenue.
Frontier Communications is making another move to sweeten its existing FiOS fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband offering by serving up symmetrical speeds for all of its existing speed tiers in Washington state.
Verizon has been adamant that it has no plans to expand FiOS service outside of the areas where it has established agreements with local communities, but that's not stopping the Communications Workers of America (CWA) from launching a campaign called "Where's My FiOS?" to bring the service to more cities.
Verizon's recent move to sell off its wireline assets in three markets to Frontier Communications will consolidate its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) FiOS service in the Northeast market, one where it will battle aggressive cable competition from Cablevision and a potentially soon-to-be-combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable for consumer broadband dollars.
Verizon recently confirmed that it would sell off its wireline assets in three markets to Frontier, but it appears that the telco would be happy to make similar deals if it found a buyer that would offer the right terms.
Verizon is realigning its top management team by reassigning its Verizon Wireless chief Dan Mead to a new role as executive vice president and president of Strategic Initiatives with a focus on overseeing the sale of its wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications.
By purchasing $10.5 billion in wireline assets from Verizon, Frontier Communications scales its fiber-to-the-home FiOS footprint from four to seven states. Out of the 2.2 million broadband subscribers it gains, 1.6 million are FiOS broadband customers.