AT&T Broadband and Cox Communications have signed 1.7 million telephone subscribers and are adding new households at the rate of 60,000 per month. The Baby Bells are now taking notice, blaming their lower earnings in part on competition from cable.
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.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was in Hollywood yesterday to launch Windows Media Player 9, the company's streaming media platform. The company says the new product is a superior alternative to the MPEG-4 streaming standard.