Connecticut IPTV vs. cable battle not over

Jun 09, 2006

Connecticut cable providers pondered their next move Friday after a decision by regulators opened the door to telco-supplied Internet Protocol Television.

The state Department of Public Utility Control decided Wednesday that Internet Protocol Television is just another data stream and therefore AT&T was not bound by same franchise regulations that apply to cable operators.

The ruling contends that cable video and IPTV were different technologies and therefore not subject to the same rules.

Telecom observers saw the ruling as a major step toward direct competition between heavyweight telcos and cable operators similar to the rivalry over broadband Internet access.

The New England Cable and Telecommunications Association immediately announced it would take the dispute to state or federal court as early as next week. The Hartford Courant said Friday that state officials planned to seek a reconsideration of the ruling.

AT&T said it hoped to offer its Lightspeed television service later this year and expand it to half of Connecticut within here years.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: TV-over-Internet service Aereo seeks Chapter 11 (Update)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

Oct 15, 2014

(AP)—No cable? No problem. Viewers longing to watch "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its ...

Recommended for you

Form Devices team designs Point as a house sitter

13 hours ago

A Scandinavian team "with an international outlook" and good eye for electronics, software and design aims to reach success with what they characterize as "a softer take" on home security. Their device is ...

Man pleads guilty in New York cybercrime case

16 hours ago

A California man has pleaded guilty in New York City for his role marketing malware that federal authorities say infected more than a half-million computers worldwide.

Dish restores Turner channels to lineup

Nov 21, 2014

Turner Broadcasting channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are back on the Dish network after being dropped from the satellite TV provider's lineup during contract talks.

LiquidPiston unveils quiet X Mini engine prototype

Nov 21, 2014

LiquidPiston has a new X Mini engine which is a small 70 cubic centimeter gasoline powered "prototype. This is a quiet, four-stroke engine with near-zero vibration. The company said it can bring improvements ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.