tel·​co | \ˈtel-(ˌ)kō \

Definition of telco 

: a telecommunications company

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The cable, satellite and telco distribution deal with MGM Television will see AXS TV start recording WOW league events in Los Angeles later this year for broadcast beginning early 2019. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'WOW — Women Of Wrestling' Series Sells to AXS TV (Exclusive)," 18 June 2018 One month later, another Indian streaming service Saavn merged with national telco Reliance Jio’s own music offering JioMusic, in a deal valued at over $1 billion. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "India Beyond Bollywood: How YouTube & Other Streaming Services Are Rewiring the Local Music Industry," 25 June 2018 Incumbent telcos have been able to avoid price regulations on their newer fiber networks. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T/Verizon lobby asks FCC to help raise prices on smaller ISPs," 7 May 2018 The Trump administration, and the FCC in particular, has a generally more laissez-faire attitude towards both the telco industry and mergers. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Is Huge—But a Lot of Questions Remain," 29 Apr. 2018 Another round of negotiations between T-Mobile and Sprint followed the 2016 election and the appointment of the more telco-friendly Federal Communications Commissions chair Ajit Pai. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Is Huge—But a Lot of Questions Remain," 29 Apr. 2018 News Corp currently owns Fox Sports Australia outright and is a joint venture partner in Foxtel with local telco Telstra Corp. Pip Bulbeck, The Hollywood Reporter, "News Corp’s Foxtel Names New CEO Ahead of Merger With Fox Sports Australia," 31 Jan. 2018 In these stormy times almost no one noticed as the FCC's Commissioners quietly rebelled against the world's biggest telco, unleashing the future. Matthew Lasar, Ars Technica, "Any lawful device: Revisiting Carterfone on the eve of the Net Neutrality vote," 13 Dec. 2017 This is the same Tennis Channel broadcast found on cable, satellite and telco providers. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Injuries Will Be Common Theme at U.S. Open, But What's To Blame?," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of telco

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telco

telephone company

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