Here are the editor's top picks for the week.
Debate intensifying over best way to measure gender pay gap
There is a growing question around how the gender pay gap should be defined. U.S. companies have thus far reported adjusted figures to account for differences in education and title, but there is a growing push for unadjusted median pay gap numbers.
Data Dispatch: Analysts deem Frontier's asset sales as temporary fix to long-term problem
Frontier Communications Corp.'s deal to sell its assets in four Northwestern states will alleviate some of the telecom player's near-term financial woes, but does nothing to address ongoing concerns about the sustainability of its business model, analysts said. Shares in Frontier soared by as much as 25% after the company announced on May 29 it would be selling its assets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana for $1.35 billion in cash to private investment firm WaveDivision Capital LLC, in partnership with Searchlight Capital Partners LP.
Data Dispatch: Bidders lining up for Boost Mobile amid ongoing Sprint/T-Mobile deal review
Interested buyers are already lining up for Sprint Corp.'s Boost Mobile LLC prepaid business. But any deal for Boost hinges on the uncertain regulatory outlook for Sprint's larger planned deal with T-Mobile US Inc. The CEOs of at least two smaller wireless players are already in talks about arranging separate offers for Boost, according to interviews with S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Data Dispatch: Vodafone's debt-cutting disposals to go beyond New Zealand unit
Vodafone Group PLC's cell tower businesses across Europe, as well as its assets outside the region and Africa, could be sold to reduce debt, analysts say. Vodafone this month announced its first-ever dividend cut, stressing the need to reduce its debt and create more financial flexibility ahead of upcoming investments in 5G spectrum and the associated next-generation network rollout.
New US net neutrality compromise bill unlikely for now
A recent call by a group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives asking leadership to reconsider the current legislative approach on net neutrality is unlikely to ease the current partisan gridlock on the issue, according to policy experts. But there could come a tipping point — either in Congress or in response to the courts — where that dynamic changes.