Time Warner Cable pledges to 'bury' NC muni fiber in red tape; cable tops in BBB complaints

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> A map developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) shows 54 city-wide fiber networks and 79 city-wide cable networks operating nationwide. Story.

> A Time Warner-supported bill that would "bury community fiber projects in bureaucratic red tape" continues to move through the North Carolina legislature. Story.

> In unrelated news, complaints to the Better Business Bureau went up 10 percent in 2010 with the cable and satellite TV industries drawing the most ire. News release.

> The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has issued an interim 3D report that asserts "there appears to be viable options for 3D broadcasts." Story.

> This will no doubt sort out somewhere along the line, but it should be noted that Microsoft has quietly placed a hardware guru in charge of its interactive TV business. Story.

And finally ... reflecting the need for change within the cable backoffice space, Cable Bahamas said it will upgrade its OSS with Sigma Systems' technology. News release.