Verizon and its cable partners will be prohibited from cross-marketing cable and wireless phone services in markets where FiOS TV is available, the Department of Justice said Thursday in approving the telco's spectrum deals Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks.
Authorities say Margarito Mesa, a 47-year-old Comcast contractor who was badly burned while installing fiber optic line in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Monday, remains hospitalized at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Comcast said Wednesday that nearly 100,000 low-income families have signed up for its Internet Essentials program since last summer, which offers a 3 Mbps high-speed connection for $9.95 monthly.
Verizon Wireless and a group of leading cable operators have agreed to dial back their joint venture plans in order to get regulatory approval for a $3.9 billion spectrum sale, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report.
A contractor working on a fiber cable for Comcast was badly burned Monday in Santa Cruz, Calif., after a power transformer apparently exploded and set the bucket lift he was using on fire, authorities said.
Cable operators, telcos and satellite TV providers lost a total of 325,710 video subscribers during the second quarter, or about 1,000 more than the 324,403 subscribers that the industry dropped during the same period last year, according to Leichtman Research Group.
Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies--and the cross-marketing deals Verizon signed with them--appear headed for approval after the companies and regulators reached an agreement to assuage antitrust concerns, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Critics of Verizon's partnerships with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks have expressed concerns that it will no longer use its FiOS TV service to compete with cable operators. But Verizon could soon add some very innovative features to FiOS that no other pay TV provider is offering subscribers, including an Android tablet designed to be used as a "FiOS companion."
Verizon Wireless said it's confident regulators will this summer approve its plans to co-market services with a leading group of cable operators, as a separate part of a deal to buy $3.9 billion worth of wireless spectrum from the cablecos.
Comcast said Friday that its Xfinity TV subscribers can now access the WatchESPN app on mobile phones and tablets that run Google's Android operating system.