Saturday, August 13, 2005

Phone companies gear up for television rollout

Claudia Grisales writes in The Austin American-Statesman (oboxious, but free, registration required, or try

Starting next spring, Texans will have an alternative to cable, when SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. roll out Internet-based television services, promising new interactive features and aggressive price deals to win customers.

It's the biggest change spurred by new legislation that rewrites the rules of competition for telephone and television services.

The Legislature passed the measure this week, and Gov. Rick Perry could sign it as soon as next week.

One provision ends state control of local phone rates, which will start in big cities in January.


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