MA: Verizon suspends push for TV franchises

Posted on April 18, 2007 - 7:28am.

from: Boston Globe

Verizon suspends push for Mass. TV franchises
Firm criticizes licensing process

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff | April 18, 2007

After spending an average of 15 months in each of 45 communities to win approval to offer television service, Verizon Communications Inc. has had enough for now: The company says it will stop seeking new applications in Massachusetts until it finishes all pending projects.

MA: 'Keep it Local' Website Launched

Posted on April 17, 2007 - 10:43pm.

Keep it Local MA

Local control over public access channels, rights of way, and equal access are in jeopardy thanks to phone companies' attempts to change the rules. They want to exclude you and your neighbors from the process.

Simply, the issue is local control of cable television by people who know you and your neighbors best. In Massachusetts, cities and towns decide what companies provide cable television to residents.

FL: Supporters of bill to create more competition for cable TV reveal plan

Posted on April 16, 2007 - 7:12pm.

Note: TV4US is a notorious astroturf organization paid for by the telephone companies to build support for telco legislation.

from: Tampa Bay 10

Supporters of bill to create more competition for cable TV reveal plan

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would make it easier for telephone companies to offer video services to Floridians distributed thousands of petitions in support of the plan to state lawmakers today.

Is cable in Verizon's crosshairs?

Posted on April 13, 2007 - 7:24am.


Is cable in Verizon's crosshairs?

By Marguerite Reardon
Fri Apr 13 05:15:22 PDT 2007

A judge's broad interpretation of patents in Verizon's lawsuit against Internet telephony provider Vonage could give the phone company enough firepower to go after cable operators and other voice over Internet Protocol providers.

( categories: Verizon )

MA: Statewide cable franchising bad news

Posted on April 10, 2007 - 7:22pm.


Statewide cable franchising bad news

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The current local cable franchise system doesn’t discourage competition or consumer choice. This 25-year-old system has worked well, and for many communities in eastern Massachusetts there has been competition between RCN and Comcast for some 10 years. Also, throughout all municipalities in the state there are two other competitors in the form of satellite TV providers — Dish Network and Direct TV. In many communities, Verizon is the fifth provider of multi-channel video services, as defined by the FCC.

MA: What You Can Do to Oppose the Verizon Bill

Posted on April 10, 2007 - 10:16am.

from: CCTV

What You Can Do to Oppose the Verizon Bill

Last week, we wrote about a bill being considered on Beacon Hill that would change the way that cable franchising is done in the Commonwealth, You can read that story here

Quarantining Verizon's Union Workers

Posted on April 7, 2007 - 10:46am.

from: My DD

Quarantining Verizon's Union Workers

by Nancy Scola, Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 09:13:00 PM EST

For the moment, let's forget the important recent debate over whether easing the joining of labor unions is a net good or a net bad for both American workers and American business. Let's instead look at how a Fortune 50 like Verizon might attempt to rid itself of an unwelcomed business reality: many of its workers currently belong to a union, either the Communication Workers of America or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Verizon is a sophisticated, modern telecom behemoth. It isn't likely to resort to blunt-instrument union-avoidance techniques like summarily firing workers who are pro-collective representation.

( categories: Verizon )

NJ: Cable watchdog

Posted on April 7, 2007 - 10:39am.

Note: Excellent analysis of what can go wrong in state franchising - the devil is in the details.

from: Trenton Times

Cable watchdog

Saturday, April 07, 2007

or many in New Jersey, the battle over state vs. municipal franchises to foster competition in the cable market ended with the governor's signature on the sweeping new law. The decision was made to allow Verizon to provide cable television service without a local franchise, in the belief that new competition will lower cable rates for consumers.

( categories: NEW JERSEY | State Franchises | Verizon )

Verizon, AT$T and the manipulation of public opinion

Posted on April 5, 2007 - 9:08am.

from: Nieman Watchdog

Verizon, AT&T and the manipulation of public opinion

COMMENTARY | April 04, 2007

Needed: Blacks, Hispanics, disabled, deaf, low-income and the elderly to support the telecoms’ positions on anti-consumer FCC rulings and legislation.

By Bruce Kushnick

MA: Verizon working their lobbyist

Posted on April 5, 2007 - 9:01am.

from: Worcester Community Cable Access

Verizon working their lobbyist. Beward of scam articles and editorials

by mauro on April 3, 2007 - 2:31pm.

Recently a number of one sided articles and editorials have popped up in various news papers across the state including the Worcester Telegram calling attention to Verizon's lobbying efforts to change state legislation in order to eliminate local cable franchise authority and regulations that currently provide many tax free benefits to residents in our city.

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