Cable Operators

AT&T Sending VoIP Subs Cable’s Way

8/19/2004 7:38 AM Eastern

AT&T Corp. announced the expansion of its voice-over-Internet-protocol rollout to 21 new markets, as well as marketing agreements with Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications Inc. and Charter Communications Inc. to send potential VoIP subscribers to those MSOs if those homes do not have broadband connections.

“Both sides win,” said a Time Warner Cable spokesman in confirming the deal, likening the arrangement to the lead generation supplied by Cable Television Laboratories Inc.’s Go2Broadband.

AT&T launched VoIP service four months ago, and it announced additional service in 21 markets last week: Huntsville, Ala.; Tucson, Ariz.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Akron and Dayton, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; El Paso, Texas; Norfolk, Va.; and Madison, Wis.

Service has also been expanded in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; and Greenville and Columbia, S.C.

“Today’s market entries place us in 39 states and Washington, D.C.,” said Cathy Martine, AT&T senior vice president for Internet telephony, in a release. “That’s 121 major markets since we introduced the service last March.”

The service costs $34.99 per month, but AT&T has extended its six-month, $19.99 introductory rate until Sept. 30.

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