Comcast expands HD, video-on-demand in Springs

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Comcast cable TV company has launched new service that will allow Colorado Springs customers to view 70 new high-definition networks with more than 100 HD channels, 50 foreign-language channels, 20,000 video-on-demand choices and faster Internet speeds.

A majority of the Colorado Springs cable TV market is served by Comcast.

Some networks and channels under the new service, called XFINITY, have already been added to the Colorado Springs market, which is one of the first communities along the Front Range to receive the service. Other cities in the state will be added in the coming weeks.
Spokeswoman Cindy Parsons offered what might be welcome news for electronics retailers. She said many people have been holding off on buying a high-definition TV until more cable channels were added.
“If you haven’t gone HD yet, now might be the time,” she said.

Customers can call 1-877-634-4434 or visit www.comcast.com/digitalnow to request their free digital equipment and learn more about the new upgrade.

2 Responses to Comcast expands HD, video-on-demand in Springs

  1. Has anyone checked their bill lately? What would it take to bring COS up to world standards? Community FIber!
    2010 MAY 19 – (VerticalNews.com) — Momentum, the leading provider of private label digital voice service to cable operators and municipalities throughout the U.S., announced at the SEATOA show that they have been selected as the municipal digital voice solutions provider for residential and business customers throughout Salisbury, North Carolina. The partnership with Fibrant, will provide a fiber optic network, offering convenient packages, bundling the new digital voice service with other communications services for a competitive offering presented on a single bill.
    The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) deployment will have exceptional bandwidth capacity, enabling a future with hundreds of TV channels, faster upload and download Internet speeds and reliable telephone services for Salisbury residents. Other features will include applications such as on-camera doctor/patient medical diagnostic meetings; commercial and residential video conferencing; 3-D movies; home security, remote appliance activation and monitoring; integrated telephone delivery between landline phones – cell phones – TV – internet; and interactive gaming. This new partnership will also offer enhanced features such as caller I.D. on TV and interoperability with current equipment.
    “By using fiber, our system is more reliable and easier to maintain. With support from Momentum, our new services mark another milestone in Fibrant’s commitment to our community in Salisbury,” said Len Clark, Sales and Marketing Manager of Fibrant. “FTTH with the addition of phone service is going to be a key technology that will allow our community to take full advantage of advanced services and since all profits will stay in Salisbury, the community will see lower rates, lower taxes and better services.”
    Over 145 cable operators and municipalities have made the decision to partner with Momentum. Since its initial service offering, Momentum has quickly gained customers by focusing on operational and technical excellence, flexibility and multiple equipment interoperability, while continuing to offer a highly cost competitive wholesale service.
    “Momentum’s expertise in digital voice along with Fibrant’s advanced fiber network will accommodate emerging technologies without additional infrastructure installation,” said Alan Creighton, president and CEO of Momentum. “As Fibrant continues to expand its business, we’re pleased that we can help the company reach its goal of providing the most innovative services to the entire Salisbury community.”
    The citywide network plans to launch services in August 2010. About Fibrant Fibrant belongs exclusively to the people of Salisbury. Created by the City of Salisbury, Fibrant is a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network that offers the fastest, most innovative communications technology – straight to your home. We’re bringing the people and businesses of Salisbury the best in high-definition TV, digital telephone and lightning-fast Internet services. And that’s just the beginning of the possibilities. About Momentum Momentum, based in Birmingham, Alabama, provides high quality private label digital voice services to independent cable operators and municipalities throughout the U.S. By leveraging its fully redundant telecommunications infrastructure and back-office capabilities, Momentum offers turnkey residential and business digital voice solutions that give resellers the ability to offer telephone services at a low total cost of ownership, creating a new revenue stream and driving penetration of advanced services into new markets. For more information, please visit http://www.momentumwholesale.com.
    This article was prepared by Telecommunications Business editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2010, Telecommunications Business via VerticalNews.com.

    William P. Murray
    June 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

  2. FCC Study: Open Access Lowers Prices, Improves Competition
    Agency discovers real science, U.S. broadband mediocrity
    (old news – 01:01PM Friday Oct 16 2009)
    tags: legal · competition · fcc · business · bandwidth · Op/Ed · legislation · consumers

    Gosh, it seems like only yesterday the FCC was telling us that broadband competition in the United States was incredibly robust based on completely inaccurate data. But not only has the FCC seen a change in leadership, they’ve made a promise to actually base policy decisions on science, not just AT&T or Comcast lobbyist flow charts. As such, a new report by the “more sciency!” FCC confirms what most studies have found: that the United States is “a middle-of-the-pack performer” when it comes to broadband speed, penetration and price.

    Contrasting with a decade of FCC “hands off” policy that ignored precisely these kinds of studies, the new study (pdf) suggests that open access policies have helped other leading industrialized nations develop more competitive broadband markets by lowering entry barriers. The 232 page study, crafted by the Harvard University’s Berkman Center, argues that in countries where “an engaged regulator” enforced open access obligations, robust competition was usually the result.

    The lowest prices and highest speeds are almost always offered by firms in markets where, in addition to an incumbent telephone company and a cable company, there are also competitors who entered the market, and built their presence, through use of open access facilities.

    -FCC study
    It’s not particularly surprising that a study commissioned by a regulator shows that regulator involvement in broadband policy makes sense. Still, the study makes some salient points as it tries to deconstruct the long-standing industry meme that all regulation is inherently bad, and that companies left alone to their own devices will magically lead the telecom sector to a fruitful, organically competitive consumer utopia.

    “Contrary to perceptions in the United States, there is extensive evidence to support the position, adopted almost universally by other advanced economies, that open access policies, where undertaken with serious regulatory engagement, contributed to broadband penetration, capacity, and affordability in the first generation of broadband,” says the study.

    That’s not deja vu. It’s a return to the central idea of the 1996 telecom act, which required incumbent operators to share network access with smaller competitors in order to bolster competition as those upstarts grew into legitimate carriers. A combination of inconsistent regulation and carrier lobbying ultimately resulted in the U.S. scrapping the idea, though interestingly, countries like France took our discarded idea and made it work. In Paris, those small fry upstarts evolved into competitive fiber ISPs, and consumers now benefit from some amazing prices by our American standards (like 100Mbps Cable, VoIP & 120 TV Channels for $38).

    “The lowest prices and highest speeds are almost always offered by firms in markets where, in addition to an incumbent telephone company and a cable company, there are also competitors who entered the market, and built their presence, through use of open access facilities,” the study concludes. While American ISPs eagerly dispute this, there is endless data supporting the argument that the policies we employed for the last decade have resulted in neither robust competition nor the kind of lower prices seen in countries with open access policies.

    The problem in the States hasn’t traditionally been the idea of open access, it has been the way the idea is implemented. Efforts to craft regulation codifying such practices have generally been polluted by lobbyists, who then use said failure to proclaim open access provisions are inherently flawed. It’s somewhat of an endless cycle that has resulted in our replacement broadband policy, which essentially consisted of government doing whatever the wealthiest and largest carriers told it to. Not surprisingly, this helped kill off most independent ISP competitors.

    The FCC’s study of course will fuel their new national broadband plan, which is to be presented before Congress in 124 days. Not coincidentally, the man behind the FCC’s broadband plan is Blair Levin, who was FCC boss Reed Hundt’s chief of staff during the agency’s 1996 attempt at line sharing and local loop unbundling. All of this has to be fairly unsettling to the biggest ISPs, who spent years and millions of dollars lobbying to derail the last major open access push, and now face the daunting possibility of having to do it all over again.

    William P. Murray
    June 8, 2010 at 11:51 am