Conn. AG pressures AT & T to get franchise license
Following a Connecticut court decision that U-Verse is indeed a cable service, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is moving to force AT&T to apply for a statewide franchise license, according to several press reports.
Blumenthal has filed an emergency petition urging Connecticut’s Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) to order AT&T to acquire a cable franchise for U-verse IPTV. His petition claims that a recent U.S. District Court ruling that IPTV is cable television nullifies changes to state law weakening regulation of cable television.
If the DPUC agrees, AT&T would have to stop signing up IPTV customers until it secures a statewide license.
Also, because AT&T’s operating area includes most of the state, Blumenthal is also trying to get the DPUC to force AT&T to provide U-Verse across the state.
So far, U-Verse has touched down in neighborhoods, but has covered few, if any, single cities in their entirety, let alone an area the size of even a small state.