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Broadband Briefs for 12/01/08

Mon, 12/01/2008 - 7:00am

Mass., Md. cities award video franchises to Verizon
By Traci Patterson

Residents of Maynard, Mass., and LaPlata, Md., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to newly approved agreements authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the two areas.

The approval makes 86 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is, or will soon be, available. Verizon is currently in negotiations with several other communities in the state to obtain additional FiOS TV franchises. 

In Maryland, Verizon currently offers FiOS Internet and FiOS TV services to dozens of communities in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The company plans to begin offering FiOS Internet and FiOS TV to approximately 2,000 households in parts of LaPlata in mid-December.

Reports: Comcast, TWC increasing rates in Calif.
By Traci Patterson

According to published reports, Comcast has increased its cable-only customer prices by 4.5 percent in central California, and Time Warner Cable is increasing prices for some standalone broadband and double-play offerings in Southern California.

The increased Comcast rates – from $12.35 to $13.50 per month for basic cable, and from $42.30 to $44.45 per month for extended basic cable – will take effect on Jan. 1. The MSO’s Internet prices and phone prices will not change, and the price increase does not apply to customers who get any combination of bundled services.

And Time Warner Cable’s Lite, Basic, Standard and Turbo tiers will reportedly be increasing by about $2, while customers who bundle broadband and telephony will reportedly experience $3 price increases.

More Broadband Direct:

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• AT&T tries usage caps in second market

• ACA supports Cable One's waiver request

• Story: Comcast putting brakes on Verizon's Philly rollout

• Visible World, Ensequence join forces for EBIF ad platform

• TriAccess Technologies releases new chip

• Hawaiian Telcom files for bankruptcy protection

• Broadband Briefs for 12/01/08

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