Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) is getting ready to take on the new CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), which just acquired Qwest, with its own set of wireline-based broadband bundles in Colorado.
Leveraging the assets they acquired from Denver-based Liberty Bell telecom, a company that's spent the majority of its life reselling Qwest phone and DSL services, Dish will launch a trial triple-play (voice, video and broadband data) bundle in June.
While Colorado is the first state to get the Dish wireline bundle, Tom Cullen, Dish Network executive vice president for sales, marketing and programming, told the Denver Post that it will bring the service to other states based on the success in Colorado.
Apart from Arizona, Dish Network has regulatory permission to offer Liberty Bell's broadband service throughout the legacy Qwest's 14-state service territory.
Other than saying it will offer "competitive speeds" between initially 1.5 and 7 Mbps in certain areas, Dish has not revealed the new bundle pricing plans. Liberty Bell's current residential triple play bundle is priced at $93.99, while its dual play phone/video bundle is priced at $49.99 a month and its video/Internet bundle is priced at $73.99.
- Denver Business Journal has this article
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