“Nobody knows whether the triple play or quadruple play is really what people want,” he said. “There is no market research that says they are dead on. So everyone is learning as they go.”. [Telephony]
Windstream is following the strategy of Verizon and at&t - triple play to the home. In fact, now that BST is the new at&t, NC will be getting at&t IPTV, according to Charlotte.com. No details on whether Windstream or the former BellSouth will be using FTTN or not though. Also, we need to watch to see if they will redline - or just roll out to affluent neighborhoods.
Most striking was the notes about local rates in NC:
Marshall's other corporate goal mirrors a strategy adopted by BellSouth, which has asked the state Utilities Commission to allow the company to set phone service prices as it pleases without hearings or oversight. The commission put the request on hold during the pending merger last year, but AT&T plans to resume the push with regulatory staff soon. Marshall said she agrees with the contention made repeatedly by BellSouth and other local phone companies: that local phone rates have been artificially underpriced under a regulatory model rendered obsolete by competition. [Charlotte.com]