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Comcast, Verizon Partnership Begins
Seattle, Portland See New Service Bundles
by Karl Bode 08:47AM Tuesday Jan 17 2012
Early last month Verizon signed a massive deal with the cable industry that not only involved grabbing $3.6 billion of cable industry spectrum, but included Verizon being allowed to pitch bundled wireless services to cable customers. Comcast promised that they'd have the partnership up and running in some markets quickly, and the first markets appear to be Portland and Seattle. In both cities the focus is essentially on co-marketing both Verizon LTE and Comcast cable/VoIP/broadband services, with consumers who sign up for multiple services receiving pre-paid Visa card of $100 to $300. Ultimately both Verizon and Comcast say they'll integrate some video and other functionality across wireless and wireline, but initially this is purely a marketing play.

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cooperaaaron

join:2004-04-10
Joliet, IL

$3.6......

what ? thousand ?million ? billion (more than likely) trillion ?
AndyDufresne
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Chanhassen, MN

That sound you hear is last nail in FIOS expansion coffin

"Though Comcast's Xfinity products will be sold through Verizon Wireless stores, Comcast will cross-promote Verizon Wireless services through call centers and online sites."

»www.philly.com/philly/business/1···608.html
itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA

Re: That sound you hear is last nail in FIOS expansion coffin

Shame too as FIOS is vastly superior to anything Comcast Offers.

ITALIAN926

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Re: That sound you hear is last nail in FIOS expansion coffin

Let Verizon wireless separate and become allied with the cable companies. Then AT&T takes over the Verizon landline areas and re-starts FiOS deployment. Let the fun begin. ( Its good to dream ).

Each sector should have their OWN wireless division, this spectrum deal never shouldve been allowed.
gridlocked

join:2009-08-21
Bristol, RI

Re: That sound you hear is last nail in FIOS expansion coffin

This is the same AT&T that uses bonded pairs for it's cable tv & internet service?

said by ITALIAN926:

Let Verizon wireless separate and become allied with the cable companies. Then AT&T takes over the Verizon landline areas and re-starts FiOS deployment. Let the fun begin. ( Its good to dream ).

Each sector should have their OWN wireless division, this spectrum deal never shouldve been allowed.


ITALIAN926

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Re: That sound you hear is last nail in FIOS expansion coffin

Read more carefully.

mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
at&t's big mistake was selling it's cable assets to comcast. Had their executives had their heads in the right place they would have spun off att broadband and could've bundled that with wireless and not have to launch uverse.

ITALIAN926

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Re: That sound you hear is last nail in FIOS expansion coffin

Youre not even talking about the same AT&T company. The AT&T that made that "mistake" doesnt even exist anymore.
tmc8080

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Brooklyn, NY
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said by mikedz4:

at&t's big mistake was selling it's cable assets to comcast. Had their executives had their heads in the right place they would have spun off att broadband and could've bundled that with wireless and not have to launch uverse.

AT&T could still reverse course and pursue a FTTP strategy which it supposedly committed to in extremely limited circumstances. I think this new cooperation between Comcast and Verizon is somewhat suspicous. I originally supported this spectrum sale, but I have reservations about what this means for wireline competition. Is this a PLUS or MINUS?!? Time will tell what the real effects are.... This could be the whip that cracks against AT&T to do better, or not... the jury is still out..
rifleman69

join:2006-04-12
Beaverton, OR
said by AndyDufresne:

"Though Comcast's Xfinity products will be sold through Verizon Wireless stores, Comcast will cross-promote Verizon Wireless services through call centers and online sites."

»www.philly.com/philly/business/1···608.html

This is in the Frontier FiOS footprint, VZ wants to push the LTE product vs Frontier FiOS (which they built and then sold off). Nothing from this notice is surprising given that VZ couldn't compete with another "land line" based product of which LTE is not.

tshirt
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Re: That sound you hear is last nail in FIOS expansion coffin

I live in the greater seattle market, within the frontier Fios/former verizon footprint (even though fios didn't quite get installed on my street...yet)
and I haven't seen this in any of the dozens/hundreds of ads, fliers, letters, billboards and TV spots I see for verizon and comcast each month.

As a promotional gimick it's pretty near invisible here.

There is no reason to limit it to the Frontier footprint either, it should work anywhere any of the cable partners provides service.