With Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) seeking to buy Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), and Level 3 involved in a pending purchase of TW Telecom, Vertical Systems Group's U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard could soon look very different from the mid-2014 ranking that was just released.
Stumping for regulatory approval of his company's proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen reached for a rather interesting simile: federal regulators' decision in 2005 to stop Blockbuster from acquiring Hollywood Video.
Comcast Business is posing a new threat to local incumbent telco Verizon, announcing that it is now offering its Ethernet services suite throughout 10 New York communities in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties.
Saying Netflix has entered peering agreements with AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and--most recently--Time Warner Cable "reluctantly," company CEO Reed Hastings has penned an op-ed in Wired, urging federal regulators not to "give in" to the big Internet service providers.
Netflix now has peering/interconnection deals with the four biggest terrestrial broadband providers in the U.S., with the SVOD service reportedly carving out an agreement with Time Warner Cable in June.
Comcast's and Level 3's pending acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and TW Telecom could have a major effect on the status of the top U.S. Ethernet providers, reports Vertical Systems Group in its Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.
Now there are four major ISPs being paid by Netflix to speed its over-the-top streaming video to subscribers. Time Warner Cable has signed an interconnection agreement with the SVOD service, similar to Netflix's earlier deals with AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.
In its quest to gain regulatory approval for its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has drawn the map wide in terms of defining its realm of competition. But advocacy blog Consumerist has done some interesting tire-kicking on the notion that Comcast's video and broadband services are in any way competing with the mobile broadband services offered by wireless companies.
As top Comcast executives visited the FCC to continue lobbying for their proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, elements complicating the deal continued to emerge. For one, the takeover is facing growing opposition outside the Beltway on the state level, with California's public utility commission contributing a memo to the FCC's review process.
Further solidifying its position of Los Angeles regional sports network supremacy, Time Warner Cable has added five additional Pac-12 Networks channels to its local Sports Pass bundle.