Verizon is currently placing fiber cable for Advanced Access Architecture (FiOS) in AT&T franchise areas in north Texas. They expect to start offering service in these areas in direct competition with existing cable companies and AT&T late in 2008. This is probably the first time that the RBOCs have directly competed with each other in residential services. It may sound a note that can drastically change the industry.
In June of this year, the Texas PUC issued an order approving Verizon’s request to extend its "State-issued Certificate of Franchise Authority" to 12 new areas immediately outside Verizon’s Texas franchise and inside AT&T’s franchise. Shortly thereafter, they began extending fiber from their existing FiOS-equipped central offices to relatively nearby areas in these newly acquired franchise areas.
In recognition of the possible overriding importance of this development, Information Gatekeepers Inc. (IGI) has commissioned Clif Holliday to expand their group of reports on Advanced Access Architectures to include a new report on this overbuild activity. The new report, which will be out before the end of the year, is to be entitled "Overbuild — The New RBOC Advanced Access Architecture Strategy?"
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