Thursday, June 15, 2006

 

Connecticut proposes franchising bypass for telco TV - 5/9/2006

Update 1: Cablevision, Cox and Charter are asking the state of Connecticut to stay the decision that effectively granted a statewide video franschise. I think these end runs by AT&T and Verizon are unfair to the cable companies, who have operated under a difficult regulatory environment for over twenty years.

Update 2: The telcos still need to play fair in most places, and it looks like Verizon's FiOS service will be coming to my back yard soon as a result. VZ has signed a video franchise in Tewksbury, MA, so I may be able to provide first-hand evaluation of their service.

Connecticut proposes franchising bypass for telco TV - 5/9/2006

The regulatory environment will certainly have an impact on the Telco (Verizon, AT&T) vs. MSO (Comcast, Time Warner) battle. This decision in Connecticut would seem to give AT&T an advantage since Comcast must secure and service franchises at the local level. There is also some talk of granting nationwide video franchises to the telcos.

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