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Merger Conditions for Comcast

December 28, 2010

TMC has the Comcast-NBC merger fully covered - here, here, here, here and the story of Congresswoman Waters.  Waters wants a written plan for diversity included in the merger paperwork. Without teeth, Comcast could write anything down. Where's the enforcement coming from?

Broadsoft's Second Offering

December 27, 2010

Broadsoft investors are cashing out to the tune of 4.8 million shares to be priced at $22 according to TradingMarkets.com. Today, BSFT is trading at $26.

In other news, Tampa-based Microsoft partner, Tribridge bought Mercatus Group, a health care provider practice systems integrator.

More consolidation in the UC/Hosted PBX space per press release: Vantage Communications, the premier provider of hosted Unified Communications services, has announced it has acquired the assets, technology and customer base of Digital Ingenuity, a long established Philadelphia based VoIP Provider.

Comcast-NBC Merger is Failure Two

December 27, 2010

This will be a far reaching rant but I think that it's time the FCC (and other F-Agencies) close their doors. Really. We have a huge deficit and really you just aren't honoring your duties or worth the expense any longer.

The Net Neutrality issue went on for months - and you had plenty of time to talk to the bazillion lobbyists, but couldn't find time to consider the consumer in all of this? 

Tele-Pacific Looking Wireless

December 22, 2010

TelePacific Communications, the largest California-based CLEC providing integrated voice and data telecommunications services to the small and medium-sized business ("SMB") customer segment in California and Nevada, and MegaPath Inc., the leading provider of managed IP data, voice, and security services in North America, today announced a definitive agreement for TelePacific Communications to acquire MegaPath's NextWeb, Inc. subsidiary, dba Covad Wireless, a broadband fixed wireless carrier operating in California and Nevada.

Under the terms of the agreement, TelePacific Communications will gain approximately 3,500 profitable broadband fixed wireless business customers in California, Nevada and suburban Chicago through an all cash purchase of capital stock, per the press release. The footprint is complimentary so that helps.

This move just adds to the wireless moves that Tele-Pacific has made this quarter.

EarthLink Wins One

December 20, 2010

It looks like EarthLink won the auction for ONE Communications, the CLEC with a HQ in New England and network in Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and New England. EarthLink will pay $370M for ONE including $285M of debt.

EarthLink Business will end up as the combined operations and network of New Edge Networks, Deltacom and ONE.

This acquisition is good for EarthLink because there isn't that much overlap. Deltacom gave them the Southeast; ONE gives them the Northeast.



Did EarthLink Goof on Branding?

December 14, 2010

Yesterday when I was speaking to a client, I mentioned that new Edge Networks merged with Deltacom to become EarthLink Business. The confused look on his face was not unexpected. Again this morning when discussing the new name, EarthLink is linked to consumer dial-up in the marketplace. How does that translate into a B2B Brand?

3 New Acquisitions

December 14, 2010

PAETEC subsidiary Paetec Software Corporation, bought Formula Telecom Solutions Inc. for $13 million in cash, according to this release. PAETEC is just buying the billing platform it has used for over ten years. Makes sense. And $13M for a BSS system is nothing.

J2 Buys Competition (and other M&A)

December 8, 2010

So Salesforce bought a Ruby based cloud platform company called Heroku for $212M, which my RubyonRails geeks say is a steal. Why? Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com, says: "Ruby is the language of Cloud 2, and Heroku is the leading Ruby application platform-as-a-service for Cloud 2 that is fueling this growing community.

DISH Bought a CLEC

November 30, 2010

Per an FCC filing (WC Docket No. 10-231) DISH Media is acquiring Liberty-Bell Telecom, a Colorado limited liability company, which provides competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) and long distance services in Colorado and has limited operations in New Mexico and Utah. DISH Media, a Colorado corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation, a U.S.-based publicly traded holding company that provides pay-TV services nationwide but does not provide telecommunications services. Charles W. Ergen, CEO of DISH, owns 53.6% and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. and GS Investment Strategies, LLC (together, Goldman Sachs Asset Management), Delaware-based investment entities, own 13.4% of DISH Network.

Novell?

November 22, 2010

After a long tenure as a chemist for such companies as Oil of Olay, BIC Corp., Bayer and Glaxo, my shift into IT was through a friend who owned a Novell VAR. At the time, Novell 3.12 was as rock solid as Linux is. (Novell tried to use Linux as a lever against Microsoft. In 1993, Novell acquired Unix System Laboratories from AT&T, securing rights to UNIX.

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