Consolidated Communications' move to acquire fellow independent telco Enventis for $350 million may not be on par with the blockbuster deals its independent ILEC counterparts CenturyLink and Windstream have made in recent years, but it's significant in that it is a sign of another smaller telco branching out of its all-voice service roots.
This week in online video was almost all about Aereo. Almost. In the midst of a disappointing ruling by the Supreme Court that may put the streaming provider out of business, a little thing called the World Cup caught Americans' attention.
Since the Supreme Court's decision in favor of broadcasters stating that its online streaming business violated copyright laws, Aereo has paused its service as it explores options. But a number of moves in the online video market are now taking place, and Aereo's ultimate fate remains unclear. FierceCable and FierceOnlineVideo are following the results of this historic decision.
Now that Aereo has suspended its operations as it figures out it next move, online video viewers are left with a gap in their streaming content. How can they access TV shows that they can no longer get via the SVOD provider?
Television broadcast over the air to a viewer's antenna is a "historical anachronism" that makes no sense. And with no control over how broadcast content is accessed, its availability will continue to tempt other services to capture and deliver TV signals to paying subscribers, similar to Aereo, an analyst with The Diffusion Group said in a blog post Tuesday.
The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau has initiated the Connect America Phase II challenge process for price cap territories.
Telecom New Zealand will become Spark New Zealand as of Aug. 8, a move that the service provider says better reflects its ongoing movement away from being just another provider of home telephone service to a multi-element service provider.
Verizon is sweetening the FiOS user experience by giving users access to a two-month virtual concert on demand through a partnership with Music Choice and supplemented with additional concert content from AXS TV and Concert TV.
Involta has secured $50 million in an equity financing round from M/C Partners, enabling it to make acquisitions, provide shareholder liquidity and support the growth of its colocation and managed services throughout the United States.
Frontier Communications may not be a wireless operator, but the telco has launched a new service that allows its business customers to send and receive text messages using their existing phone numbers via a partnership with Zipwhip.