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Windstream BOBs for Fixed Wireless Broadband

The telco continues to expand its broadband offerings for businesses with the acquisition of fixed wireless provider Business Only Broadband.

Dan O'Shea

October 1, 2014

2 Min Read
Windstream BOBs for Fixed Wireless Broadband

Independent telco Windstream Communications has taken another step in its conversion from rural residential telco to business services provider, announcing the acquisition of Business Only Broadband (BOB), a small fixed wireless broadband player based in the Chicago suburbs.

The deal helps Windstream Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: WIN) broaden its variety of access offerings as it continues to make its case as a business, enterprise and cloud services provider. The acquisition follows other Windstream buys themed around business services, such as the deals for Paetec and Hosted Solutions. (See Windstream Completes Paetec Buy and Windstream Buys Hosted Solutions.)

BOB was founded in 2006 by veterans of CLEC progenitor Metropolitan Fiber Systems, and is headed by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) alum Alan Rosenberg. It currently offers Ethernet services in Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City and northern New Jersey. That doesn't give Windstream much of a footprint to start with, but the company said in a statement announcing the deal that it will expand BOB's offerings to more markets beginning next year. (See BOB Deploys DragonWave.)

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Windstream has not yet responded to a request for comment, so we're not sure how long the idea of acquiring BOB gestated at Windstream, but surely -- or so we would really like to imagine -- there was a point when Windstream execs sat down to discuss possible acquisitions for expanding the company's portfolio of business services with the addition of fixed wireless broadband, and when presented with a range of regional players to buy, debated and argued and talked over one another, until one of them eventually said, "What about BOB?"

If it didn’t happen that way, we'd rather not know.

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan O'Shea

Analyst, Heavyreading.com

You want Dans? We got 'em! This one, "Fancy" Dan O'Shea, has been covering the telecom industry for 20 years, writing about virtually every technology segment and winning several ASBPE awards in the process. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Telephony magazine, and was the founding editor of FierceTelecom. Grrrr! Most recently, this sleep-deprived father of two young children has been a Chicago-based freelance writer, and continues to pontificate on non-telecom topics such as fantasy sports, craft beer, baseball and other subjects that pay very little but go down well at parties. In his spare time he claims to be reading Ulysses (yeah, right), owns fantasy sports teams that almost never win, and indulges in some fieldwork with those craft beers. So basically, it's time to boost those bar budgets, folks!

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