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These excerpts taken from the MCCC 10-K filed Mar 14, 2008.
Telephone Companies
 
Local telephone companies, many of whom have substantial resources, can offer video and other services to compete with us, and may increasingly do so in the future. Two major telephone companies, Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. have underway reconstruction of their networks with FTTN or FTTH technology. Their upgraded networks are now operating, capable of carrying two-way video services that are comparable to ours, high-speed data services that operate at speeds as high or higher than those we make available to customers in these areas and digital voice services that are similar to ours. In addition, these companies continue to offer their traditional telephone services, as well as bundles that include wireless voice services provided by affiliated companies. Based on internal estimates, we believe that AT&T’s and Verizon’s upgrades have been completed in systems representing approximately 1% of our homes passed as of December 31, 2007. Additional upgrades in markets in which we operate, principally by AT&T, are expected in the future. In areas where they have launched video services, these parties are aggressively marketing video, data and voice bundles at entry prices similar to those we offer.
 
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Local telephone companies, many of whom have substantial
resources, can offer video and other services to compete with
us, and may increasingly do so in the future. Two major
telephone companies, Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T
Inc. have underway reconstruction of their networks with FTTN or
FTTH technology. Their upgraded networks are now operating,
capable of carrying two-way video services that are comparable
to ours, high-speed data services that operate at speeds as high
or higher than those we make available to customers in these
areas and digital voice services that are similar to ours. In
addition, these companies continue to offer their traditional
telephone services, as well as bundles that include wireless
voice services provided by affiliated companies. Based on
internal estimates, we believe that AT&T’s and
Verizon’s upgrades have been completed in systems
representing approximately 1% of our homes passed as of
December 31, 2007. Additional upgrades in markets in which
we operate, principally by AT&T, are expected in the
future. In areas where they have launched video services, these
parties are aggressively marketing video, data and voice bundles
at entry prices similar to those we offer.


 




This excerpt taken from the MCCC 10-K filed Mar 8, 2007.
Telephone Companies
 
In addition to their joint-marketing alliances with DBS providers, telephone companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. are constructing and operating new fiber networks that replace their existing networks and allow them to offer video services, in addition to improved voice and high-speed data services. These telephone companies have substantial resources. Legislation was recently passed in a number of states, and similar


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legislation is pending, or has been proposed, in certain other states, to allow local telephone companies to deliver services in competition with our cable service without obtaining equivalent local franchises. While the video competition we face from telephone companies is currently very limited, if they decide to rebuild their networks in our markets and begin to offer video services, they could present a significant competitive challenge to us.
 

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