TX: Book Report Raises Questions About Texas’ SB5

Posted on April 24, 2008 - 6:46am.

from: Blogging Broadband

Book Report Raises Questions About Texas’ SB5

Those keeping score know that the Texas legislature really started the state-mandated video franchise train down the tracks. SB5 was passed in Texas at the end of 2005. It was a natural place for the phone companies to get the ball rolling, as SBC, now the new AT&T, called Texas home. Since SB5 passed, a likely-unprecedented wave of states adopted some form of “shall issue” video franchising — all of it aimed at helping the phone companies get into the cable business.

( categories: AT&T | State Franchises | TEXAS | Verizon )

No Quarter for the Time Warner Bandwidth Rationing Plan

Posted on February 27, 2008 - 11:23am.

The leaked Time Warner memo of January annoucing a Texas trial to meter cumulative bandwidth usage for new subscribers and charging a levy for excess consumption should be met with outrage and derision. If implemented nationally, such metering will result in another layer of tiered internet access and turn the web into something resembling a cable TV package, both in escalating cost and eventual loss of content diversity.

( categories: Comcast | TEXAS | Time Warner )

TX: This Could Be The End of Public Access in Austin...

Posted on February 19, 2008 - 12:20pm.

from: SaveAccess Texas

This Could Be The End of Public Access in Austin...
Submitted by savetexasaccess on Fri, 2008-02-15 19:03.

. . . if Time Warner successfully sues to get out of the franchise agreement with the City.

The following article “Court allows Texas Cable Industry to Challenge State Law” appeared in last week’s Austin American Statesman (Feb. 8, 2008).

( categories: State Franchises | TEXAS | Time Warner )

AT$T Tells Employees to Support Texas Politician

Posted on January 16, 2008 - 8:30am.

Note: File under political payback. In the letter to Employees, AT&T president reminds employees that they owe King for helping to pass SB5, the first state-wide video franchise passed in the country - at AT&T's request.

from: Star Telegram

AT&T letter supporting King draws criticism

( categories: State Franchises | TEXAS )

TX: El Paso to expand cable government channel

Posted on November 22, 2007 - 12:42pm.

from: El Paso Times

El Paso to expand cable government channel
By David Crowder / El Paso Time
Article Launched: 11/19/2007 12:00:00 AM MST

When Time Warner gets out of the business of broadcasting local government meetings on cable Channel 15 in January, El Paso's City Hall will take over and has big plans for a full-time government TV channel.

( categories: State Franchises | TEXAS | Time Warner )

AT$T Confirms Second Telco Box Fire

Posted on August 27, 2007 - 6:29am.

from: Light Reading

AT&T Confirms Second VRAD Fire
AUGUST 24, 2007

The AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - message board) investigation into an exploding VRAD cabinet may be over, but (sadly for my editors) the story lives on. (See AT&T: Defect Caused VRAD Explosion.)

( categories: AT&T | TEXAS )

TX: Fire to the Node, AT$T Eyes Batteries in Telco Box Explosion

Posted on August 12, 2007 - 9:29am.

from: Light Reading

AT&T Eyes Batteries in Explosion Probe

AUGUST 10, 2007

Exploded AT&T DSLM Box

AT&T Inc. says it isn't finished investigating what caused one of its broadband equipment cabinets to explode in suburban Houston last year. The explosion, first reported by Light Reading, occurred in the 8200 block of Clover Gardens Drive, outside the home of an elderly couple in late October. (See AT&T Investigates DSLAM Explosion and AT&T Still Digging on DBLAM!)

( categories: AT&T | TEXAS )

TX: Buh-Bye Houston Media Source

Posted on July 16, 2007 - 6:48am.

from: Houston Art Blog


Apparently the city has no need for Houston Media Source anymore, last week the city decided to not renew their franchise contract. Under Texas' two and a half year-old statewide video franchise law, Comcast will be allowed to apply for a statewide franchise certificate, but they are not obligated to give any funds to public access. Bill White's Chief of Staff, Mr. Terrance Fountain, says the City will cut off all funding for Houston Media Source effective April 2008.

( categories: State Franchises | TEXAS )

TX: Bundling Telecom Services May Not Always Save a Bundle

Posted on June 5, 2007 - 8:00am.

Note: More evidence of the 'triple ploy'.

from: Houston Chronicle

Bundling Telecom Services May Not Always Save a Bundle

June 5, 2007
By Vicki Lee Parker

Bundling is the buzzword in the telecom industry these days. Cable TV companies, phone companies and Internet providers want to sell us all sorts of services for one price. It’s a big price, but cheaper than paying for each separately, they tell us.

( categories: AT&T | State Franchises | TEXAS )

TX: Cable cost eyes are on Texas

Posted on June 2, 2007 - 11:45am.

from: Capital Times

Cable cost eyes are on Texas

Jeff Richgels — 6/02/2007 3:23 am

Competition from phone companies designed to be boosted by the nation's first state cable franchising law has not lowered cable TV prices in Texas but has provided consumers with a lower cost alternative, a study has found, Multichannel.com reported this week.

( categories: State Franchises | TEXAS )
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