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Broadband Briefs for 10/15/08

Wed, 10/15/2008 - 8:00am

Charter changes deadline for $100M cash tender offer 
By Mike Robuck

Charter Communications Holdings said today that it has extended the deadline for its $100 million cash tender offer to 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.

The original offer started on Sept. 30, and Charter said that 69 percent of its outstanding shares have been tendered as part of the $100 million cash offer.

Charter Holdings, which is a division of Charter Communications, is offering the tender as a way to reduce the consolidated interest expense for Charter Communications.

Optimum Lightpath connects 3,000th building to FTTP network
By Traci Patterson

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, has connected more than 3,000 buildings to its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which now extends more than 3,200 route miles across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 

Now Optimum Lightpath has more fiber-lit buildings on its owned and managed network than any other individual competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) locally, as well as in the top 40 metropolitan area markets, according to the company.

Optimum Lightpath provides Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice and video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area.

Verizon expands FiOS TV lineup in Penn.; simplifies bills in N.Y.
By Traci Patterson

Verizon has added 70 new channels, including 53 high-definition (HD) channels, to its FiOS TV lineup in southwestern Pennsylvania. FiOS TV customers in the area now have 800 HD choices available at any time, with a total of 100 HD channels and more than 700 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles offered each month.

And in New York, Verizon is making its bills for residential customers easier to understand. Verizon began introducing the redesigned, simplified bill in New York in the September and October bill cycles, and the telco said that all other residential customers will receive it by the end of the year. 

The redesign is in response to the growing base of services Verizon offers and to those customers who wanted their bills to have fewer pages and a more concise presentation.

SureWest connected 100,000th broadband sub in Q3
By Traci Patterson

During the third quarter, SureWest Communications reached the 100,000 broadband customer milestone.

SureWest recently extended its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network into the Kansas City communities of Merriam and Olathe (story here). SureWest was able to expand into the Kansas City market thanks to the acquisition of Everest Broadband in December (story here).

Earlier this month, SureWest said that the Kansas City FTTH network it’s installing is running EBIF applications created by BIAP Inc. (story here).

More Broadband Direct:

• FCC pulls must-carry proposal from meeting agenda

• Kabel-X USA breathes new life into coaxial cable

• Cablevision doubles up on Wi-Fi footprint

• ATIS validates separable security device for IPTV

• iSuppli: STB market to grow, to evolve

• FCC overhaul eyes broadband but could raise bills

• Broadband Briefs for 10/15/08

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