Broadband Briefs for 10/13/08
• Verizon keeps enriching FiOS guide app
By Brian Santo
FiOS TV continues to roll out the new version of its Interactive Media Guide (IMG), most recently in Maryland and Virginia.
Verizon has been ambitious with its IMG, and the first iteration was occasionally derided as clunky. The new version however is warranted to behave much more smoothly.
New features include a fantasy sports application, free casual games, purchasing power via remote control, and more widgets that provide on-demand access to information and entertainment.
Verizon said it plans to launch several more IMG features before year-end, including an application called My Videos and Remote DVR Programming. The former will enable customers to access personal videos stored on their home computers and view them on their TVs. The latter will give customers who subscribe to FiOS TV's Media Manager service the ability to remotely program their FiOS TV DVRs and set their Parental Controls through select Verizon Wireless handsets and through Verizon's FiOS TV Central Web site.
• CTIA Wants Universal Service Break for Some Customers
By Wireless Week Staff
The FCC should not fully charge universal service fees to customers whose wireless phones are not their primary phones, officials from the CTIA said in a letter to the Commission, citing recent AT&T and Verizon Wireless proposals.
Such customers represent 40% of all U.S. wireless customers. They should only have to pay partial fees, the industry lobbyist group said.
“Imposing a full numbers-based assessment on wireless prepaid and ‘non-primary’ wireless family-plan customers would result in significant rate shock. The universal service contribution for the typical wireless ‘family plan’ subscriber would almost quadruple,” the CTIA said.
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