Comcast's days as one of the only video service providers in Collier County, Fla. are numbered as telco CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) plans to launch its Prism IPTV service in the area, reports naplesnews.com.
This would be CenturyLink's sixth market for IPTV. Unlike AT&T and Verizon, CenturyLink and even Qwest, which it is acquiring, has taken a more conservative approach to IPTV. Thus with service in five markets, including Las Vegas, Nev., Jefferson City, Mo., Columbia, Mo., LaCrosse, Wis., and Fort Myers, Fla.
Although it the service provider did not specify a rollout timeline, the local Collier County Presidents Council, which represents about 50,000 homes, was concerned that Comcast could become a monopoly and welcomed the idea of having another video provider. The council, represented by North Naples resident Paul Feuer, said they had issues with Comcast's service response times and pricing.
Brian Hamman, Manager Market Development at CenturyLink, said that "Collier County residents will soon have a choice," adding "they will no longer be tied to Comcast or satellite service."
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