Verizon may be able to offer video in Tampa by early ’05, according to Viacom co-presidents Les Moonves and Tom Freston. They told Goldman Sachs’ confab Verizon’s built a headend in the Tampa area, which happens to be Adelphia and Bright House Networks territory. Viacom welcomes the telco’s move into the video-over-fiber biz, as such an arrangement would serve as yet another distribution channel. Verizon submitted a 21-page draft franchise agreement with the city in July. — Price War, Part II: Verizon is following BellSouth’s lead, cutting DSL rates by a fiver to $29.95/month (from $34.95) for its 1.5 Mbps/384 Kbps plan, and to $39.95 (from $44.95) for 3 Mbps/768 Kbps service. The company will make these rates available to existing and new customers who sign an annual contract or buy DSL as part of a bundle. UBS expects the 3Q ’04 breakdown of HSD net adds to fall in DSL’s favor, 50.4% to 49.6% for cable, vs the 53.2% garnered by DSL in 2Q ’04. Further price cuts could follow.

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FCC Awards 2.5GHz Licenses to Tribes

The FCC formally granted 154 applications submitted through its 2.5GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. Those applicants will be able to use the 2.5GHz band to provide broadband and other advanced wireless

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