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kq4ym
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12/17/2016 | 4:27:24 PM
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I wonder if all the consolidations and mergers may lead to so much less competition that customers may end up on the wrong side, with higher costs and less service, or will the economy of scale allow for more innovation and eventually better customer service and speeds spead more widely?
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12/6/2016 | 1:27:58 PM
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I think I have a handle on Fairpoint.  But again, they have a primarily residential network.

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softwizard
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12/6/2016 | 11:22:40 AM
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Although I understand what you're saying about Fairpoint, I think you don't know their network.  Fairpoint has major fiber assets - they already do a good deal of business for cell tower backhaul and business ethernet over fiber.  Yes, they did consolidate (pun-intended) a number of smaller IOCs, plus the big purchase from Verizon years back.  But now all of sudden, Consolidated is a Top 10 fiber provider in the US - crazy to see what is going on in telecom.
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12/6/2016 | 10:30:21 AM
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If that was in reply to me, I was actually asking for the reason for the slant of the story.  I completely accept your metrics.  I wondered if it was Iain's thinking or the way he received information from Consolidated.  For all the stats, you would not have considered Fairpoint in the same category as say Level3 (as an example).  Fairpoints major properties were Vt, NH and Me that they bought from Verizon.  Before that they were an IOC consolidator with a number of really rural properties across the US.

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PS - Mike Harrington, if you are still at Fairpoint....howdy!
softwizard
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12/6/2016 | 9:34:48 AM
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A combined Consolidated FairPoint will now operate in 24 states with a 35,100 route-mile fiber network. They'll have 8,500 buildings on-net, serve 2,400 fiber connected cell towers, and over 1.6 million customers.
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12/5/2016 | 11:50:33 AM
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Iain,

Why would place the merger of 2 large IOCs as a Fiber Consildation play?  I could make the argument that there is more here on the residential side than on the business side.

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