Time Warner Cable’s plan to expand its WiFi networks in Austin, TX, (with more cities to come) is the latest evidence of cable’s wireless broadband ambition. Google Fiber’s plan to make Austin the next gigabit “fiberhood,” announced 2 weeks before TWC’s Austin announcement, “did encourage us to accelerate what we were doing,” Peter Cunningham, TWC wireless vp, told CableFAX in an interview. “We recognize Google as a key player… We are willing to compete.” More on the op’s WiFi deployment here.

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Maine A la Carte Case Dies

Maine is no longer fighting to enact a law that would force cable operators to make video channels (and individual programs) available to consumers on an a la carte basis. The law was challenged by Comcast

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