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Verizon asks FCC to help consumers switch from cable

27 марта 2008

Verizon Communications Inc wants the Federal Communications Commission to make it easier for consumers to switch video service providers, as competition with cable companies heats up.

Both Verizon and phone industry leader AT&T Inc offer high-speed Internet and video services that compete with cable, while cable providers sell phone services.

The announcement from Verizon on Wednesday comes as the two largest
U.S. cable operators, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, discuss a joint wireless venture with Sprint Nextel Corp and Clearwire Corp, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Verizon said consumers should be able to switch from cable as easily as they can change phone companies. Phone companies accept cancellations from rival providers, but many cable companies require consumers to submit disconnection orders themselves.

"The process to switch video providers is more cumbersome for consumers," Verizon said in a petition to the FCC.

"This significantly complicates the process of switching video providers, thereby entrenching the cable incumbents' dominant market position."

Verizon is spending billions of dollars on an all-fiber network to deliver FiOS, a high-speed Internet and high-definition video service.

The expansion of FiOS, however, has been limited by the slow pace of regulatory approval as well as construction and installation.

Verizon also offers satellite video services through a partnership with DirecTV to consumers without access to FiOS.

Источник: Reuters

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