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And Start the New Year Now (Tidbits # 2427)

January 4, 2016

ITEXPO is in Ft Lauderdale in 20 days. Will you be there?

Our ITEXPO panel on Open Source for Service Providers will be using Dialogic's study, which is examined in this blog post by Jim Machi of Dialogic.

Some good reads to start off the new year.

The Consumer Benefit of Mega-Mergers

December 17, 2015

"You may recall that AT&T justified their $69 billion acquisition of DirecTV by claiming their combined market power would result in more leverage in programming negotiations and lower costs. Cost savings that pretty clearly won't be getting passed on to consumers. Rate hikes for both AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV customers will take effect January 28." [DSLR]

AT&T saw a direct benefit of $15 per U-Verse subscriber with the DirecTV content contracts.

News Tidbits Part 2923

November 30, 2015

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this already.

Cyber Monday crashed Target.com, but Tom Peters' fans crashed dropbox. Tom Peters put out an email to subscribers this morning with links to 14 chapters of Tom's top topics including Excellence, Execution and more.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Moves

November 9, 2015

There has been a lot of activity in the last couple of weeks in the telecom sector. Here are the highlights.

Verizon decided to put its Enterprise business up for sale for $10B. Rumor has it that the data center business (formerly known as Terremark) has been up for sale for a while.

Telecom Tidbits for Thursday (Part 2922)

October 22, 2015

Zoom (the modem manufacturer) is just one of a number of companies and organizations opposing the Charter-TWC-BH deal.

And firms - including Apple and Yelp - are also opposing a new cyber-security bill - CISA. Got to be tough to give all that Super PAC money and not get your way.

TechDirt: Tim Berners-Lee: 'Just Say No' To Facebook's Plan To Bastardize The Internet.

FCC Moves on Frontier and the Internet

September 14, 2015

So the FCC set the clock on the Charter-TWC merger. Part of the order explains how confidential information will be handled. (This is not the first merger with confidential company info.) The two Republican Commissioners on the FCC are complaining loudly -- as they have over every order passed by this Commission. FCC Commish Ajit Pai is often belittling the FCC CHair and his decisions publicly.

RUS, FCC, BIP, USF and Other Acronyms

August 3, 2015

The Big Boy telecom advocacy groups and pundits are spinning that the FCC is overstepping its bounds. Headline from Forbes and their law + technology columnist: FCC's First Net Neutrality Fine Heralds The Big Internet Chill. This was followed up by headlines about FCC Chair Wheeler over-stepping, arm-twisting and misusing his office.

AT&T gets a $100M fine for selling unlimited accounts that were impaired for big users.

News Tidbits Part 2919

July 30, 2015

Windstream joins the likes of TelePacific, the old Airband (now UNSi) and numerous WISPs in offering Fixed Wireless. "Windstream's Fixed Wireless is a technology solution for carrier-grade Ethernet and Internet-over-Ethernet connectivity delivered by digital microwave technology, and is currently offered in Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y., Northern New Jersey, N.J., and Milwaukee, Wis." [source]

Windstream is in battle at the FCC to get IP equivalent wholesale products from AT&T as TDM retires. It is not going well.

Promises Unkept

July 12, 2015

As the mergers (AT&T/DirecTV and Charter-TWC-BrightHouse) are coming under review at both the Dept. of Justice and the FCC, the propaganda machines are full swing - especially by AT&T which has a formula for getting its way at the FCC.

BGR has a headline - AT&T's Latest Promise to FCC in Effort to Win DirecTV Merger Approval Reeks of Desperation - that is interesting, except it isn't desperation. This is the AT&T formula for mergers. Make Promises that you will never keep.

One Way to Privately Differentiate

June 29, 2015

The FCC recently ruled that phone companies CAN block robocalls - all types - if a customer requests it.

Did you know that there was an FTC Robocall Challenge in 2013. (Thanks to M. Leblanc for filling me in.) Nomorobo came out fo that challenge.

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