With both AT&T and Verizon ramping up mobile video services and making deals with programmers, it's no secret that the two wireless companies are going to become far more influential in the video programming business in the future.
The nation's top publicly traded pay-TV companies have all reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceCable has collected all the data in one place. Below are the salary and compensation rates of the top eight highest paid CEOs among publicly traded cable, satellite and IPTV service providers.
Verizon says that while it does not want to leave its wholesale CLEC customers like XO in the lurch, it does not want to delay its transition to IP and fiber by increasing the amount of time required to issue notice that it is retiring copper assets.
Windstream is the latest ILEC to carve out a tentative agreement with its union employees, this time with 250 members represented by the Communications Workers of America in Kentucky.
As of mid-2015, in my view, we have an upside down industry structure. In wireless, there is almost too much competition. Margins at Verizon Wireless and AT&T are shrinking. Sprint is unprofitable and continues to struggle. T-Mobile has been successful in taking share and setting the tone of the industry to take share, flirting with profitability from one quarter to the next.
Noting that some 60 percent of licensed traffic is carried by unlicensed Wi-Fi--and referring to the fact that wireless operators at one time were Wi-Fi haters--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he thinks the industry and regulatory world are going through an evolutionary process where the outcome has to be recognition that spectrum is something that has to be shared.
A leader of the Communications Workers of America District 1 says that Verizon's initial proposal to offer pay increases in a three-year proposed contract are nothing more than a way to shield the fact that they want a number of concessions on key issues such as medical, pensions and job security.
Verizon is coming under fire again in New York City over claims that the service provider is preventing competitors' broadband data service from being delivered to their customers by blocking access to necessary fiber conduits.
Verizon signed a multi-year program licensing deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, making 45 Scripps TV series available to Verizon wireless customers when Verizon launches its anticipated mobile video service later this year.
AT&T has begun contract negotiations with 27,000 employees in its Southeast territory represented by the Communications Workers of America. Both parties met yesterday with both presenting their own position statements on the negotiation process.