Broadband Briefs for 8/13/08
• Verizon expands FiOS TV service in Calif., N.Y.
By Traci Patterson
Verizon has expanded its FiOS TV service in California. The company’s FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services are available in parts of Covina, West Covina and the Los Angeles city suburb of Sepulveda. The latest expansion makes 63 the total number of California communities where FiOS TV and Internet services are available.
And residents of Newburgh, N.Y., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the area. The new franchise makes 127 the total number of New York municipalities that have approved video franchises for Verizon.
Additionally, Verizon’s New Jersey customers now have access to 100 high-definition (HD) television channels. According to Verizon, the telco is now offering consumers more HD than Comcast or Cablevision.
• AT&T dials up voice service in Wisconsin
By Mike Robuck
AT&T is now offering its VoIP U-verse phone service in parts of Wisconsin.
The phone service, which is delivered over the company’s IP-network, is available to new and current U-verse video customers in more than 100 Wisconsin communities, including parts of the Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan areas.
• Cisco wraps up Pure play
By Brian Santo
Cisco said it has completed the purchase of Seattle-based Pure Networks. Pure Networks specializes in products and services designed to make it easier for consumers to set up and manage a home network and connect a range of devices, applications and services.
Cisco said the acquisition advances its consumer strategy by supplementing its Linksys Easy Link Advisor (LELA) platform, which enables a consumer to more easily set up, organize, manage, secure and use a home network.
Pure Networks will be integrated into Linksys, a division of Cisco.
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