The proposed €17 billion ($23 billion) deal to merge Numericable with SFR to create a new fixed and mobile powerhouse in France will come under the regulatory scrutiny of France rather than the European Commission. At the same time, the French government said it will continue to pursue consolidation in the telecoms sector and has asked Orange to seek alliances in Europe.
Aereo, the cloud antenna and DVR provider that has been the bane of broadcasters, will be available on Google's Chromecast streaming device beginning May 29. Subscribers in Aereo's active markets will be able to download its app in the Google Play store.
Europe's top court has ruled that data retention laws breach European Union privacy rules, on the day the UK's communication interception commissioner said the number of requests to monitor individuals' communications appears to be too high.
SoftBank is reportedly turning its sights on a possible bid for Vodafone in the face of growing opposition by U.S. regulators to the Japan-based company's desire to merge Sprint with T-Mobile US.
LAS VEGAS--While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was exhorting traditional broadcasters to take a fresh look at over-the-top content delivery at a Tuesday keynote here, visitors to the National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show were getting an eyeful and an earful of solutions for just that (or close to it). IP video is top of mind at the show, and it's beginning to change the way broadcasters and distributors do business.
The FCC is poised to release in May its rules for the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However, that will just be the beginning of the FCC's work: After releasing the rules, the agency will need to convince TV broadcasters to participate in the auction by first relinquishing their spectrum.
LAS VEGAS--The broadcast industry has reached an "inflection point" where broadcast licensees, such as online video providers like Netflix, "can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told NAB Show attendees at a keynote here. And he warned that the industry needs to pivot or risk being overtaken by companies that are taking advantage of the changing technology landscape.
Cincinnati Bell, the nation's ninth-largest wireless carrier, announced that it will shut down its wireless network and sell its spectrum--essentially an acknowledgement that it cannot compete in today's wireless industry. So what does this mean for the rest of the nation's smaller regional wireless players that continue to struggle to compete with the Tier 1 wireless operators?
Frontier Communications has invested more than $326 million, including $80 million in 2013, upgrading its network facilities New York over the past three years to improve consumer broadband and enhance the availability of Ethernet to more businesses.
TDS Telecom is going to deliver broadband service to more of its rural customer base through three ongoing projects in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Set to be completed this spring, these buildouts will enable a combined 2,750 more households to gain access to high-speed Internet service.