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Overbuilders join hands, form lobbying group

Mon, 12/31/2001 - 7:00pm
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Together, they say, they'd be one of the country's top 10 cable operators.

Thirteen broadband network providers pooled their $5 billion, 29,000 miles of fiber and 1 million customer clout, and formed the Broadband Service Providers Association to promote open access.

The facilities-based providers are targeting three issues in the competitive broadband industry: nondiscriminatory access to programming, construction rights-of-way and multiple dwelling units.

"There are issues out there we'd like a voice in," said association Chair and Knology Inc. CEO Rodger Johnson.

As far as content, the industry wants fair access to programming from media giants such as AOL Time Warner. BSPA also would like open access to construction rights-of-way because its fiber optic cables are attached to utility poles or underground conduits. If incumbent service providers don't allow the attachments on a timely basis, Johnson said, it hurts business.

Passing a combined 4 million homes, BSPA founders include Altrio Communications, Carolina Broadband, ClearSource Inc., Everest Connections Corp., Gemini Networks, Grande Communications, Knology, RCN Corp., Seren Innovations, Starpowre Communications, Utilicom Networks LLC, WideOpenWest LLC and Winfirst.

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