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AT&T should set sights higher than repackaging DSL with Project Lightspeed

Are cable franchise agreements needed for AT&T to move forward on its deployment of Project Lightspeed?

If you're going to go through all this redeployment, AT&T should be setting its sights higher on real broadband and long-term capabilities. Providing another flavor of DSL is shortsighted.

The marketing strategy of Project Lightspeed should be to ......

Full article >>> households as part of the initial rollout. As a result, AT&T is making plans to deliver AT&T U-verse products and services to homeowners as they become available, including:

1. High-quality video experience (featuring more than 200 channels) and set-top boxes (each with an internal DVR).

2. Video-on-demand (VOD) library featuring hundreds of hours of a variety of programming.
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Full article >>> ly a giant step forward for the average consumer, why did Geneva, Ill. (who wanted fiber in an earlier referendum) say no? This was found in a recent suburban Chicago news article:

AT&T officials have said because their project is Internet-based that the company is not required to have a franchise agreement.

"They're wrong, said Peter Collins, Geneva's information tec......

Full article >>> ed service is referred to as "IP-enabled (apparently the fig leaf for not treating it as cable service and not requiring a cable franchise).

2. The agreement carries no franchise fee nor any other fee or payment to the city.

3. The agreement has no term of years and AT&T can abandon or terminate its service or the agreement at will.

4. AT&T "will work with Anaheim to pr......

Full article >>> s. In a recent Multichannel News article, there is one court decision on a case involving Walnut Creek, Calif., which also barred AT&T from putting in the new service:

Cities are within their rights to demand a franchise of AT&T for its video service, according to a ruling from a judge in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The judge, however,......

Full article >>> rlini@sbcglobal.net or 773-370-1888. Copyright 2006 Jim Carlini.

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Source:wistechnology.com By Jim Carlini 04/26/06


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