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The Telecom Digest for Jun 5, 2015
|In the late 1930s, as Britain refused to adapt to the new realities of war, Winston Churchill observed, "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences."|
|George W. Bush|
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|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:41:54 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Dish Network in merger talks with T-Mobile Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Possible Dish/T-Mobile merger could be trouble for AT&T and Verizon T-Mobile's problem is spectrum - Dish owns a ton of spectrum and hasn't used it. by Jon Brodkin - Jun 4, 2015 Dish Network is reportedly in talks to merge with T-Mobile US, a deal that would give T-Mobile what it has been looking for: more spectrum. Dish, a satellite TV provider, has been buying up spectrum licenses for years but has not yet used its airwaves to offer cellular service. Dish and T-Mobile (owned by Deutsche Telekom) "are in close agreement about what the combined company would look like, with Dish Chief Executive Charlie Ergen becoming the company's chairman and his T-Mobile counterpart, John Legere, serving as the combined company's CEO," The Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing people familiar with the matter. "Tougher questions about a purchase price and the mix of cash and stock that would be used to pay for a deal remain unresolved, the people said. One of the people characterized the talks as at 'the formative stage,' and said an agreement might not ultimately be hammered out." http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/06/possible-disht-mobile-merger-could-be-trouble-for-att-and-verizon/ Or: http://goo.gl/DLbiRQ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:51:06 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Why you should dump Verizon if Dish-T-Mobile merger goes through Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Ritesh Anan The Wall Street Journal recently reported that DISH Network Corp is in talks with T-Mobile US Inc for a possible merger, following which shares of both the companies opened strong on Thursday and were trading higher. Kevin Smithen, Macquarie Capital analyst, was on CNBC to weigh in on this and to discuss why he thinks Verizon Communications Inc. becomes a sell if this deal goes through. http://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/15/06/5569440/why-you-should-dump-verizon-if-dish-t-mobile-merger-goes#ixzz3c8lQnFPH Or: http://goo.gl/YuIaGq -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:46:18 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Why Dish Could End Up in the Arms of Verizon Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By MAUREEN FARRELL Shares of Dish Network Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. are rising after the Journal splashed the news that the two companies are in merger talks across the front page. Verizon Communications Inc.'s stock dropped in early trading. Yet Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins argues that Dish may ultimately end up in the arms of Verizon. "We increasingly see two options for DISH: buy T-Mobile US or sell to Verizon," Mr. Rollins wrote in a research note. In fact, he says a sale to Verizon is the more likely outcome. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2015/06/04/why-dish-could-end-up-in-the-arms-of-verizon/ Or: http://goo.gl/TNX0fr -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:03:11 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Huffington Post in Limbo at Verizon Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By RAVI SOMAIYA Over the last couple of years, an array of media companies, venture capitalists and wealthy individuals have quietly explored buying a stake in The Huffington Post. The most recent valuation, according to half a dozen people briefed on the matter: about $1 billion. Those interested have included the European media companies Le Monde and Axel Springer; the Napster founder Sean Parker; and the private equity firm General Atlantic, those people said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Some of the talks were navigated by AOL, The Huffington Post's parent company, as it sought ways to raise money, others by the site's well-connected founder, Arianna Huffington. But when the music stopped last month and Verizon's $4.4 billion takeover of AOL was announced, The Huffington Post was still owned by AOL - creating an unlikely corporate home for one of the nation's leading liberal news outlets. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/business/media/huffington-post-in-limbo-at-verizon.html Or: http://goo.gl/AQQWIV -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:59:28 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon FiOS coverage said to be "miserable" in New York Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Bruce Kushnick Verizon's Coverage Area of New York City for Fiber Optic FiOS is a Miserable 46% to 59%; Upstate New York is Worse. Verizon NY is supposed to have 100% of New York City upgraded, replacing the aging copper-based networks with a fiber optic infrastructure for the delivery of a service called FiOS that offers cable TV, High-speed Internet and Digital Phone services. Being done as part of a cable franchise that was signed in 2008, the construction was to be completed by June 30th, 2014. Unfortunately, in April 2013, then NYC Public Advocate, now-Mayor Bill de Blasio presented facts that Verizon's buildout was way behind schedule. Using data from July-through-December 2012, (and published in April 2013), Verizon only had 51% of NYC residential 'housing units' capable of ordering FiOS service. According to the City, there are 3.4 million housing units and Verizon had "passed" only 1.7 million of them. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/verizons-coverage-area-of_b_7513958.html Or: http://goo.gl/TAuYq4 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:18:21 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: TheStreet says Centurylink stock is "Waterlogged and getting wetter" Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> CenturyLink (CTL) Is Today's Water-Logged And Getting Wetter Stock Trade-Ideas LLC identified CenturyLink ( CTL) as a "water-logged and getting wetter" (weak stocks crossing below support with today's range greater than 200%) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified CenturyLink as such a stock due to the following factors: * CTL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $114.3 million. * CTL has traded 601,409 shares today. * CTL traded in a range 201.3% of the normal price range with a price range of $1.41. * CTL traded below its daily resistance level (quality: 18 days, meaning that the stock is crossing a resistance level set by the last 18 calendar days. The resistance price is defined by the Price - $0.01 at the time of the signal). http://www.thestreet.com/story/13140845/1/centurylink-ctl-is-todays-water-logged-and-getting-wetter-stock.html Or: http://goo.gl/8IPSda -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:24:19 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: AT&T appears willing to play ball with FCC to land DirectTV Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> AT&T appears ready to play ball with the FCC to land DirecTV by William Pelegrin At this point, AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV appears to be all but guaranteed. However, if the FCC is going to approve the industry-changing purchase, AT&T will have to abide by new net neutrality regulations. According to sources at The Washington Post, AT&T is ready to concede major aspects of the new net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put forth earlier this year, the same rules that AT&T has strongly opposed publicly. In order for the deal to go through, AT&T will have to abide by three major mandates: 1. Do not slow websites down. 2. Do not prevent people from accessing competing websites. 3. Do not take any payment from website operators in the hopes that they can speed up their content, thus creating an Internet "fast lane." http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/att-directv-merger-net-neutrality/#ixzz3c8tdfDWc Or: http://goo.gl/JAZDc5 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:13:28 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: CenturyLink working on 911 backup system in Colorado Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By ELISE THATCHER June 2, 2015 In Colorado, Pitkin and Garfield Counties are trying to figure out why 911 systems went down during a communications blackout last week. Pitkin County Emergency Dispatch Director Bruce Romero wants answers on a couple of issues. First, why wasn't it possible to at least call 911? "Generally CenturyLink would have actual backup systems," said Romero Tuesday. "Not only other lines in the ground but microwave systems that could do a back up. And for some reason that didn't work." http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/pitkin-garfield-counties-centurylink-working-911-backup-system Or: http://goo.gl/Vj9YT9 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
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