The FCC is scheduled to vote today on new rules that would make it easier for telecoms to win local video franchise agreements. Under the proposal, local governments would have to rule on a proposed franchise within 90 days.
Current TV and Yahoo! are ending their partnership only three months after announcing a deal that placed four user-created Current video channels on Yahoo!. Executives for the two companies declined to comment on the reasons behind the decision.
Comcast is advertising its wireless service in the Boston area after it launched the service earlier this month there and in Portland, Ore. Comcast is using Sprint Nextel Corp.'s network and, like other cable companies, believes adding wireless to its triple-play bundle will help it compete against telecoms, which are launching video services.
In the battle for triple-play customers, cable remains far ahead of its telephone and satellite rivals, a market researcher says. Fully 90% of homes with triple-play services are cable customers, according to Knowledge Network.