Qwest chases video franchises

Qwest Communications won a cable TV franchise in Portland, Ore., and is said to have applied for franchises in other cities. To date, Qwest hasn't expressed as much interest as Verizon or AT&T in offering TV over its own fiber network. Though, it doesn't lack video offering. The one company among  three former Bells whom you would presume to be the follower has long had a DSL-based TV service-the ChoiceTV offering launched years ago in Phoenix by US West, which Qwest later acquired. Qwest, like AT&T and Verizon, also resells satellite TV.

It remains to be seen when or how the telco might put these franchise rights into action. Qwest recently said it will invest about $300 million in a fiber-to-the-node network, but hasn't said much else about that plan.

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