Public interest groups and the nation's smaller wireless carriers are voicing a number of concerns about Verizon's $1.8 billion proposed acquisition of XO Communications' fiber business and its related deal to lease XO's LMDS spectrum (under XO's Nextlink brand) in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands. Specifically, Public Knowledge, the Competitive Carriers association and others are urging the FCC to carefully evaluate the transaction and its possible effects on Verizon's competitors and the overall telecommunications marketplace.
Verizon and representatives of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) representing nearly 40,000 wireline workers in the Northeast have agreed to come to the negotiating table again.
Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications' fiber assets has come under fire from Windstream and Transbeam, which say it could cut off a major alternative source for Ethernet over Copper access.
Verizon filed a trademark application for a "One Talk" service that will provide "a unified system of integrated fixed and mobile voice services where landline and mobile communications devices can take the same calls, use the same telephone numbers and share the same calling features such as voice and text messaging," according to the company's filing.
Frontier Communications has put together an action plan to remedy service issues in Florida that appeared following its acquisition and cutover of Verizon's wireline properties in the state.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said that New York state may need to give back over $170 million in CAF-II funding to the FCC, which would allocate the returned funds to other states.
Verizon today said it will double the amount of data available on some of its prepaid plans, and will also offer unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada. The actions come just a few weeks after the operator reported another quarter of prepaid customer losses.
If there were two themes to describe the first quarter of 2016 for the top 12 wireline service providers it would be transition and transformation. With the earnings season now complete, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the results of these influential incumbents and how they are taking charge of changing times, by trying new technology strategies and realigning asset portfolios.
Verizon currently does not support Apple's Wi-Fi calling technology that allows users to make and receive Wi-Fi calls on other iCloud-connected devices like iPads and the Apple Watch. And Sprint's Boost and Virgin prepaid brands still don't support any of the Wi-Fi calling technology Apple introduced two years ago through its iOS 8 operating system.
Verizon said its ongoing tests of 5G network technology have been unaffected by the ongoing strike of roughly 40,000 of its unionized employees, who mainly work on the carrier's wireline network.