Frontier has reached another labor agreement with the Communications Workers of America District 6, covering workers in Texas and Missouri, clearing another key issue as it proceeds with its acquisition of Verizon'swireline assets in Texas, California and Florida.
While Comcast's 2011 MVNO agreement with Verizon has been widely viewed as an easy entry point for the MSO to create a Wi-Fi-first mobile service, the four-year-old deal actually presents Comcast with a range of pricing and packaging challenges.
It's no secret that wireless operators like Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US are closely monitoring the progress around LTE-Unlicensed technology because both are anxious to deploy the technology as a way to meet burgeoning capacity demands. But the technology is not without controversy.
A group of mayors in New York have joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in their current union labor negotiations with Verizon Communications, while asking the telco to bring its fiber-to-the-home FiOS service to their communities.
Representatives from Qualcomm and T-Mobile US argued this week that the FCC should not step in to regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies. Meanwhile, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, speaking for many cable companies that have their own Wi-Fi networks, hit back hard against Qualcomm.
Verizon and CenturyLink may be in support of giving their CLEC wholesale customers fair pricing as they transition from legacy TDM to IP-based services, but any rules should only be applied to DS1 and DS3 special access services, they say.
Verizon is jumping into the smart utility market with the launch of a platform that it is marketing to energy utilities with an "as-a-service" model that will help them modernize their infrastructure.
Level 3 Communications' EVP and CFO, Sunit Patel, maintains that as AT&T and Verizon focus more of their attention on wireless and entertainment, the company will benefit as it pursues new growth opportunities in the enterprise services space.
Verizon Wireless said that its subscribers will be able to access HBO Now, the offering from the premium TV network that lets customers access its content without a TV subscription. Verizon also said that HBO content, though not necessarily HBO Now, will be part of its over-the-the-top mobile video service, which is continuing to get fleshed out.
Verizon Wireless is having difficulty deploying small cells in urban areas because of backhaul and site acquisition challenges, according to Wells Fargo analyst J. Davis Hebert.