Verizon won a statewide franchise in California, saving them the tedious task of going from community to community to offer competitive video services. AT&T is reportedly not too far behind Verizon, and stands to gain the most, since they are the dominant ILEC in California, reaching 75% of the state’s geography. The new statewide franchise law kicked in January 1, 2007. Both Verizon and AT&T will have to meet some aggressive build out characteristics which is pegged to the new law – no easy task, as AT&T is learning.
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