AT&T gets state permit to enter video market
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
March 31, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - AT&T California was the second
telephone carrier this month to receive a permit from the state
Public Utilities Commission to offer video services including
premium channels and Internet access.
At a meeting in San Francisco Friday, the California Public Utilities
Commission announced intent to issue a state video service franchise
to AT&T California. Earlier this month it issued a similar
franchise to Verizon.
A state law passed last year created the statewide franchising
process, which is meant to create competition for broadband and
video services and force existing cable and satellite video services
to offer better consumer value.
The new franchising system replaces some aspects of individual
agreements between content providers and local governments. Bills
will still be paid through local providers, for instance, and
complaints handled through the local franchising authority.
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