M&A Poll: Which US Network Provider is Most Likely To Be A Buyer In 2011?

January 5th, 2011 by · 9 Comments

Last January, I asked this question and got a ton of responses, most of which missed the mark entirely.  PAETEC came in third, and nobody else on the list did any buying while two actually sold.  But partly it was my list that was deficient, as it didn't include the privately held companies who actually did most of the buying, and neglected Windstream entirely.  So with that in mind, let's try to do better in 2011.  This time: I'm including US providers generally valued at $500M or above, public or private - though I don't claim the list is complete:

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Categories: Mergers and Acquisitions · Old · Polls

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  • carlk says:

    Never mind about fixing us baby boomers’ social security problems, Rob Powell! You need to fix or replace the company providing your poll services being utilized on this board. They’re the worst, and this is not the first time I have complained! From your perspective, you will lose eyeballs for such mishaps. And, if traditional eyeballs equate to ad revenues over here, you may not be able to find the milk money for the children. imo

    • Rob Powell says:

      You know, you could just tell me this particular poll wasn’t functioning properly! Ah well. I think I’ve fixed it now.

      FWIW, this polling software has its problems, but every other one I’ve tried – including PollDaddy – is worse. I’ll look around again though.

  • carlk says:

    My apologies, but as a tail end boomer knowing that the social security Ponzi Scheme is not going to be there for me and mine when our time comes even though we have been stupidly paying in, I get cranky in the morning, especially before my first cup of Java on the left side of the US! 🙂 You still maintain the best informational telecom site in the land, Powell!

  • Anonymous says:

    I second that last comment. Great job Rob!

  • Brian Scully says:

    I will have to agree. Rob has the most complete amount of timely information; and input from the industry professionals.

    On the flip side of the poll, who will be acquired in 2011 and will transaction values still remain in the 45-75k per route mile?

  • normahol says:

    part 2 poll should be “who is most likely to get bought?”
    would it simply be inverse of this poll?

  • bm says:

    not likely zayo, as i have been told this is why JS left the company…

    you may want to add cincinnati bell, as they will certainly add to the cyrus one acquisition to gain scale outside of texas

    look out for earthlink, they have a metro plan…

  • bm says:

    also, after buying hosted solutions, windstream will want to scale managed services out west, to offer redundancy to their larger customers

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