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Broadband Briefs for 1/21/08

Mon, 01/21/2008 - 7:55am
CED staff

* Verizon’s FiOS TV expands into 93rd N.Y. community
By Traci Patterson

Verizon is now able to offer its FiOS TV service in New York State’s Westchester County village of Ossining, thanks to a recently approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service.

The village of Ossining joins 93 other New York communities that offer FiOS TV service.

Last week, Verizon and New York City officials held secret discussions about a new 15-year video franchise deal that would allow Verizon’s FiOS TV service to compete with the likes of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision (story here).

* Cisco providing network architecture for Saudi ‘smart city’
By Traci Patterson

Cisco and the Knowledge Economic City Al Madinah (KEC) have entered into a strategic agreement for the infrastructure development of the 5-million-square-meter “smart city” project in Saudi Arabia.

Cisco will provide the network architecture for the city. All of the buildings in KEC will be interconnected and manageable over a secure IP network. And the city’s network will facilitate data, voice, video and mobile communications across commercial and residential buildings.

KEC Madinah is one of four economic cities being developed in Saudi Arabia to boost regional development and provide employment for the country's growing population.

More Broadband Direct:

• Comcast Media Center to repackage HITS 

• Verizon sues Cox for infringing VoIP-related patents 

• Direct to PC: HBO content available via TWC 

• Midcontinent drops out of ACA 

• Direc TV’s board signs off on $1 billion stock buyback plan 

• Online ad market tapped to hit $50.3B by 2011 

• Number of Internet users in China set to pass U.S. total 

• Broadband Briefs for 1/21/08 

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