Bundling cheaper, bill says

first_imgBut Dennis Mangers, president of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association, said fairness was a key issue. He criticized the bill for exempting telephone companies from providing services to low-income communities. “We remain opposed to a scheme that allows phone companies to redline neighborhoods and just skim the cream off the top,” Mangers said. The Nuñez bill would require that the state mandate deadlines for telephone companies to provide cable TV to specific neighborhoods, but county representatives say the measure falls short of ensuring communitywide coverage. A Verizon executive said the company is opposed to any direction from Sacramento about where to do business. “What we don’t want, and what would delay choice for consumers, is an additional layer of bureaucracy and requirements that limit our ability to build as fast as we possibly can,” said Timothy Scallion, Verizon regional president.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg said bundling of telephone, Internet and video services would lower consumer costs. The legislation has been pushed by AT&T and Verizon, which are trying to expand into the cable television market. The companies promise systems that would deliver Internet content many times faster than traditional digital subscriber lines and offer cable television packages with 300 channels or more. Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, said competition would benefit consumers. “The only way to take market share is to bring better products, with better services, at better prices,” he said. “That’s what we’re prepared to do.” SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez introduced legislation Thursday designed to give Californians more choice in their television entertainment and Internet services. The bill would allow telephone companies such as AT&T and Verizon to compete with cable companies by offering subscribers a “triple play” package – telephone, Internet and video. In an effort to speed competition, the bill would allow telephone companies to apply for a state-issued cable TV franchise, rather than having to negotiate individually with cities and counties. “My goal, ultimately, is to do three things: I want customer choice, I want quality, and I want to lower the cost of the service,” said , D-Los Angeles. last_img read more