Money for nothing, and voice for free

Cablevision today announced that it will offer a new bundle of services, which include VoIP, cable, and high-speed Internet for $90/month. As part of this plan, customers will receive unlimited local and long-distance calling.

Considering that the cable and Internet components currently cost about $90/month anyway, with this promotional plan CVC is essentially throwing in voice service for free.

With the lines between cable companies and the RBOCs continuing to blur, and this is the first gunshot in the battle between bells and the cable guys. Recently, it has been the RBOCs undercutting the cable companies on prices for high-speed Internet service. [via Loop Capital]

Take that Verizon! Now it’s the cable companies returning the favor and offering voice service at discounted rates.

The cable companies will steal a decent amount of lines from the RBOCs. While Verizon is the most impacted by this announcement (New York market), we believe the other RBOCs could start to feel the pressure given the planned launches of VoIP telephony service by the other major cable providers. [via Loop Capital]

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