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SBC, Verizon ready to take on the cities

SBC and Verizon may have received a little setback in their IPTV efforts from the Texas legislature but they are not giving up, and are now preparing for a fight with the cities, according to Austin American-Statesman. They will start offering the services to the consumers, regardless. Their argument – well since phone companies pay the right of the way for their phone service to the cities why do they have to pay the franchise fees for video. After all IPTV is not TV, but Internet service. (I wonder why go the legislature-way, after all… something doesn’t add up!) City officials bristle at this argument.

“That could certainly trigger some legal ramifications,” said Rondella Hawkins, telecommunications and regulatory affairs officer for the City of Austin. “They are still going to be using our right of ways. I don’t understand why they don’t need to get a cable franchise if Time Warner (Cable) and Grande (Communications Inc.) do.”

Still, a whole lot of mudslinging going at this time between cities, the bells and the cable companies.

5 Responses to “SBC, Verizon ready to take on the cities”

  1. I think it’s about time that the cable companies’ get a little more competition. I do think that there should be some type of structure setup for remuneration to the cities so that they do not lose revenue when customers jump ship from Cable to Telco Video-over-Fiber services.

  2. I am not one to side with the telco industry, but doesn’t cable get to claim they are not a phone company when offering VoIP? Telco should be allowed to claim they are not a cable company by offering IPTV.

  3. charliesierra

    Kudo’s to SBC.

    Finally putting the middle finger to good use.

    They only worst player than the telcos has been the government.

    If the local commies (er. government) doesn’t have a say in whether iTunes, amazon or ebay can appear on citizens computers, then why should they have anything to do with IPTV, which is just streaming video.

    RBOCs villifing the local tyrants.
    Only in America, baby.