Comcast and Verizon teaming up in more markets


ComcastCommunications giants Comcast and Verizon are marketing each others’ wares in cities in ten states, adding to an existing agreement that provided similar options in eight DMAs and one state.

They companies say that between them they will be a boon to consumers “…looking to stay connected to the people and things they love while on the go or at home have new options for outstanding video, phone, Internet and wireless services.”

Andy Macke, Vice President of Government & Community Affairs for Comcast, said, “Together with Verizon Wireless, we’re delivering more value for more consumers by providing an entertainment and communications solution that aligns with their lifestyles.  Now, Comcast customers … will have the option of building a great in-home experience through our Xfinity services, along with the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ network while on the go.”

The companies are offering a variety of incentives to sign up new customers.

Cities in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee are part of the new agreement, joining a portfolio that already includes DMAs Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Kansas City MO, Minneapolis-St. Paul MN, Portland, OR, Salt Lake City UT, San Francisco CA and Seattle WA and unspecified locations in Colorado.

RBR-TVBR observation: When the telcos started getting into the MVPD business, it supposedly was at long last going to provide meaningful competition with the local cable monopolies in away that satellite services could never quite bring about. Call us crazy, but somehow, if big cable and big telco are working hand-in-hand wherever they both have interests, it doesn’t seem likely that there is going to be much meaningful competition.