Fwd: Communications-related Headlines for 9/24/98

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 12:01:38 -0700

>COMMUNICATIONS-RELATED HEADLINES for SEPTEMBER 24, 1998

>TCI, AT&T LOOK TO ENTER PARTNERSHIPS WITH CABLE-TV FIRMS ON PHONE SERVICE
>Issue: Telephony
>Merger partners Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) and AT&T Corp. hope to
>persuade cable-TV companies to join them in offering local phone service
>over cable-TV lines. They're offering technical, marketing, and financial
>assistance to help cable companies provide phone service in exchange for
>10-15 year commitments to provide co-branded phone service over existing
>cable lines. This is seen as an effort of AT&T's to reach the affiliate
>partners of TCI's that AT&T's recent buy-out of TCI won't include. These
>affiliates reach 33 million potential subscribers.
>[SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (B12); AUTHOR: Leslie Cauley]
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>OWNERSHIP
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>CONSOLIDATION AND DISCRIMINATION: RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGE
>Issue: Ownership
>Assistant Secretary Larry Irving delivered a speech, "Consolidation and
>Discrimination: Responding to the Challenge," at the National Association of
>Black Owned Broadcasters' Annual Meeting on September 18: "Vice President
>Gore yesterday gave you a preview of the findings of the report. To recap,
>there has been a negligible increase in minority ownership since last year.
>Minorities now own 337 of the 11,524 commercial broadcast stations, or 2.9%
>of those stations, up from 2.8% last year."
>[SOURCE: NTIA]
><http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/speeches/nabob91898.htm>
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>COMPETITION
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>COMPETITION IN CABLE TV ARRIVES
>Issue: Cable
>Direct competition in cable television is coming to the Washington, D.C.
>area in early 1999. Starpower Communications, a venture owned partly by
>Potomac Electric Power Company, first plans to begin sending 94 channels to
>Gaithersburg, MD homes with at rates below that of the current cable
>supplier. Expansion plans call for providing packages of voice, video and
>data services to parts of Maryland and Virginia and to the District of
>Columbia. Starpower is using the OVS portion of the 1996 Telecommunications
>Act which does not require a formal franchise in a market.
>[SOURCE: Washington Post (E03), AUTHOR: Paul Farhi]
><http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/digest/tech3.htm>
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>REVIVING THE NOT-SO-WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY
>Issue: Internet
>In an effort to boost its lagging profits, Disney is expanding beyond theme
>parks and animated movies as demonstrated by its recent acquisition of 43%
>of Infoseek Corporation, through which it hopes to develop an Internet
>portal site to rival Yahoo. Disney is also trying to develop a model for
>interactive television. Disney's web experience to date has been mixed.
>Daily Blast, a subscription-based kids entertainment site has been slow to
>get going; however, Disney's online product sales match the revenue of
>eight actual Disney stores.
>[SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (B1, B8); AUTHOR: Bruce Orwall]
><http://wsj.com>

Gary Handman
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