Telcos give broadcasters options; Verizon's Alltel deal troubled?

> Telcos can be broadcasters' best friends when cable TV contract disputes arise.

> Italy's Tiscali chooses to deploy IPTV headend gear from Cisco Systems.

> Economic troubles could be weighing on Verizon's pending Alltel acquisition.

> Aktino sees a tipping point for Ethernet-over-copper opportunities.

> KIT digital acquires Visual Connection

> Tiscali teams with Cisco on IPTV

> TWC wants Manhattan TV market de-regulated