The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has said that cable companies representing 90 percent of the U.S. cable subscribers have deployed more than 259,000 CableCards. Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter and the former Adelphia systems accounted for more than 229,000 of the CableCards deployed.
A federal appeals court yesterday refused to reconsider an earlier decision that lifted a rule requiring telephone companies to share their high-speed networks. The court also ordered the FCC to reconsider its rules on what network elements must be shared.
The French media conglomerate is in talks to divest its entire publishing business, Vivendi Universal Publishing, in a deal that could bring in more than $5 billion. Vivendi also may be considering a sale of its 44% stake in French telecom Cegetel, sources familiar with the matter have said.
As cable companies increasingly consolidate, the independents of the business -- such as Cablevision and Adelphia -- become more attractive acquisition targets, industry insiders say. A Merrill Lynch analyst says the sale of Cablevision would be the "auction of the century."