It has been nine months since AT&T got the green light for a statewide video franchise in Connecticut, but the saga of its search for the right legal and business conditions to operate in the state continues to play out. Late last week, a Connecticut judge dealt the telco's efforts another blow when she backed an earlier court decision that defined AT&T's U-verse offering as a cable TV service.
This controversy has been playing out for the last two years, when Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control declared that AT&T's services should not be defined as cable TV because they are based on Internet technology. AT&T has argued that the statewide video franchise given it by the Connecticut legislature last fall renders the debate over definitions moot. That franchising law does not take into account whether a service is defined as cable TV or something else.
The issue likely will remain hot until the Federal Communications Commission weighs in on whether or not AT&T's video efforts fall under the governance of federal Cable Act.
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