T-Mobile US is seen as the carrier with the clearest shot to acquiring spectrum in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV airwaves, especially now that Sprint has decided not to participate. However, dozens of smaller carriers that are members of the Competitive Carriers Association are still likely to participate and try to grab spectrum-- it's just not clear at this point how many ultimately will.
New Street Research analysts believe Charter Communications likely will be successful in its efforts to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, unlike Comcast in its failed attempt to purchase TWC. The analysts at the investment research firm give Charter's deal for TWC and Bright House an 80 percent to 85 percent chance of being completed "with conditions greater than Charter has currently offered but not so great as to affect the material prospects for the post-transaction company," they wrote in a recent note to investors.
Charter Communications appears to be gearing up to test a remote DVR capability with partner Cisco, as well as new Wi-Fi offerings. Cisco disclosed the news in a recent filing the company made with the FCC.
Dish Network led a chorus of complaints against the proposed merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In filings with the FCC, Dish, the Writers Guild of America for the West, set-top maker Zoom Telephonics, public-interest groups and others generally argued that the proposed transaction would limit competition in the cable industry, thus affecting Charter's competitors and broadband Internet users across the country.
Time Warner Cable commercial services head Phil Meeks will serve as executive VP and president of Business Enterprises Services for the so-called "New Charter," if and when Charter Communications' proposed purchase of TWC and Bright House Networks closes.
New York regulators are using the occasion of Charter Communication's proposal to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network to suggest that the MSO build out a 1 Gbps-capable last-mile network in the state.
Charter Communications' proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable could be facing a new catch in New York State as regulators have suggested that the cable MSO should build out 1 Gbps-capable last mile networks.
With the icebergs of over-the-top distribution floating all around the broader pay-TV business, the resurgent ad war between satellite and cable is a little bit like having an argument...while seated in the deck chairs of the Titanic.
Time Warner Cable shareholders have approved the company's $56.7 billion takeover by Charter Communications.
T-Mobile US is once again the subject of M&A speculation following French telecom conglomerate Altice's $17.7 billion deal to buy Cablevision, with financial analysts suggesting T-Mobile could be in play for a cable operator.