IPTV Saga: Verizon Sticks With Good Ol' Lobbying, Adds Cash Incentive
from the money-talks dept
SBC may have stopped negotiating with lawmakers on IPTV requirements, but Verizon is still working the legislative angle. The issue surrounds current (and probably outdated) laws that would force the telcos to obtain franchisee licenses with every municipality it wants to offer video services. The telcos have been trying hard to change those laws, without much luck. So last week, SBC gave up on negotiating and brashly said it was going to offer IPTV anyway. Their attitude: if someone wants to sue us, go ahead. Meanwhile, Verizon has come up with a new plan for gaining statewide (rather than local level) approval for their video service. Om Malik notes a WSJ story that says Verizon is offering New Jersey a deal in which it will kick back to the state 3% of TV revenues, up from 2%. Verizon and SBC have tried the statewide approach already in Texas, where the telcos' proposal went down in flames. But this time around with NJ, it appears that Verizon is sweetening the pot a bit. Hmm. Give us approval and we'll pay you more? That certainly sounds like a bribe. Or maybe it's just business as usual.