by Sean Buckley
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Halloween is time for ghosts, goblins, or maybe firing up the Roku or Wii device to watch Bruce Campbell of Burn Notice fame fight off zombies in the B-movie classic The Evil Dead on Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX).
But it's also a time to reflect on some of the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.
Taking a look back at 2013's wireline nightmares, some of the issues we cited in last year's installment are still in motion.
After careful analysis, the FCC decided to delay its decision on whether to grant AT&T a rate increase for special access services last December. Meanwhile, if the pending merger between Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) moves forward, ILECs will face a more powerful competitive in the Ethernet services market. Even before that megadeal is complete, Comcast continues to enhance its Ethernet holdings in Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) New York territory.
Our feature addresses some of the near-term pain that service providers and vendors have been faced with over the past year.
And if you can't get enough of frightening wireline scenarios, check out FierceWireless' top wireless nightmares. You can also take a look at Wireline Nightmares from years past, including the ones we did in 2013, 2012 and 2010.
Feel free to comment with your own wireless nightmares.--Sean
P.S.--Make sure to check out FierceWireless' top wireless industry nightmares too!