Friday, October 5, 2007

Another Cable TV Company?

Cavalier Telephone has submitted an application to the county to sell cable television services here, competing with Comcast and Verizon, according to this story in the Flier.

There are lots of hoops to jump through before our mailboxes get stuffed by another company begging us to switch. Everyone has tales of woe about service outages at one company or another. But beyond the basics, is there really much difference between what companies are offering these days?

If you were starting a cable-phone-Internet juggernaut what would you do to distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack? Real local programming? A Tivo service you could program from your cell phone? An Internet television cloud that would follow you anywhere?

How about do-it-yourself channels, the Cranky hour, or a Hometown Columbia hula-hoop-a-thon?

Now that would be real competition.

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