Today's cable industry looks much different than the one from 10 years ago, when the likes of Adelphia and Susquehanna still roamed the market. So let's take a step back in time, when pay-TV was on the rise and the idea of streaming a video over a dial-up modem was a laughable proposition. This chart depicts the major acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's top five cable operators during the past 10 years.
FierceCable has assembled a complete look at the second-quarter earnings season, ranking the top cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators and offering a look at their performance in a number of key metrics, including subscriber growth and average revenues per user. Special report
High-tech business is normally pretty simple: End users pay big bucks for a service. The service provider pays medium-sized bucks for equipment. The OEM pays a few bucks for semiconductors. The carrier Wi-Fi market doesn't follow this pattern. In Mobile Experts' recent survey of the carrier Wi-Fi market, we found that $900 million dollars were spent last year on carrier Wi-Fi infrastructure with only $270 million in service revenue.
DOCSIS channel shipments grew 14 percent sequentially and 48 percent year-over-year to 1.8 million in the first quarter, as cable operators continued to aggressively upgrade their networks.
FCC commissioners voted unanimously to strip local governments of the ability to regulate the rates of cable operators.
The FCC wants to charge satellite operators DirecTV and Dish Network a per-subscriber regulatory fee, just as it does for cable and IPTV companies.
The top 17 ISPs added nearly 1.2 million broadband subscriptions in the first quarter, according to Leichtman Research Group, with cable companies accounting for 86 percent of that growth. The report comes as Comcast, the No. 1 cable company, is seeing broadband subscribers surpass video customers for the first time.
CHICAGO--Comcast Cable CTO Tony Werner said that 60 percent of the company's new customers never connect a wire to access Comcast's services. Instead, he said, those customers use Wi-Fi exclusively to access content and services.
CHICAGO--Addressing an INTX convention backed by a trade group that's suing to stop his new Open Internet orders, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged cable operators to embrace their transformation from cable TV distributors to broadband companies and rise to the "challenge" of making Internet service a more competitive business.
Telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have owned the wholesale special access market for decades. But cable operators have emerged to shake up this moribund market, giving competitive local exchange operators a bit of choice in their ability to connect their multi-site business customers in rural areas.