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 has become the first U.S. cable carrier to begin marketing wireless services, offering a fourth option to its triple-play customers in Boston and Portland, Ore. Comcast customers will receive one bill for the four services, but the wireless network will be provided by Sprint Nextel Corp.
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.