• Verizon wins cable franchise in Mass. town
By CED staff
Residents of Millis, Mass., will soon be able to sign up for Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing Verizon to offer its video service in the area.
Verizon was granted a cable franchise on Monday, making 106 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is, or will soon be, available.
FiOS TV offers more than 600 all-digital channels in Massachusetts and 18,000 video-on-demand titles each month – 70 percent of which are free. Verizon's VOD library also includes more than 2,400 HD titles per month.
• Qwest increases Internet speeds in Ariz.
By CED staff
Qwest has upped the speeds of its high-speed Internet service in the Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., metro communities. Qualifying residents and small businesses in select areas can access connection speeds up to 40 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream.
The following Arizona communities will have access to the new speeds: Cashion, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Guadalupe, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix and Scottsdale. This new service is also available to select areas in Cave Creek, Higley, Laveen, Marana, Maricopa, Mesa, Oro Valley, Queen Creek, Tempe and Tucson.
Pricing is as follows:
- Connection speeds up to 40 Mbps downstream with up to 5 Mbps upstream start at $99.99 per month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifying home phone plan.
- Connection speeds of up to 40 Mbps downstream with up to 20 Mbps upstream start at $109.99 per month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifying home phone plan.
- Qualified customers with 7 Mbps, 12 Mbps or 20 Mbps downstream tiers can upgrade to 5 Mbps upstream speeds for an introductory rate of $5 more per month.
• Cable Center names Hall of Fame Honorary Committee
By CED staff
The Cable Center has announced the members of its 2010 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee. The 16 committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the Cable Hall of Fame event, to be held May 11 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles during Cable Connection – Spring, and The Cable Center.
The members are:
- Leonard Baxt, chairman of DowLohnes
- Matthew Blank, chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks
- Sean Bratches, executive vice president of ESPN and ABC Sports
- Ann Carlsen, founder and CEO of Carlsen Resources
- Robert DeBitetto, president of A&E Television Network and BIO Channel
- Mark Kang, vice president of International Artists Agency
- Philip Kent, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System
- Mike Lovett, executive vice president and COO of Charter Communications
- Robert McIntyre, CTO of service provider business at Cisco Systems
- Les Read, executive director of Cable TV Pioneers
- Joshua Sapan, president and CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings
- Scott Sassa, president of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication
- Sidney Topol, retired chairman and CEO of Scientific Atlanta (Cisco)
- Peter Stern, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Time Warner Cable
- David Van Valkenburg, chairman of Balfour Associates
- David Zagin, executive vice president of distribution at A&E Television Networks