While folks like Broadband Reports have been covering the fact that Long Island has become the main battleground for broadband fights between cable and telco providers for many months, it looks like the Long Island fight is going mainstream in a big way. Both Business Week and the Wall Street Journal have written up nearly identical articles about the battle of the incumbents which has turned quite nasty -- but which hopefully should end up with a lot of happy broadband customers. It's tough to pick someone who you want to root for in a battle between two incumbents, both of whom have shown they won't hesitate to pull all sorts of dirty tricks to stop any kind of competition -- but, in the early rounds, it certainly looks like Cablevision is the company that's sunk the lowest -- personally attacking one mayor who is trying to bring about more competition by allowing Verizon to offer new services in the area. Expect plenty of stories along these lines over the next few years, and both sides are going to come out of it looking bad. About the only thing you can hope for at this point is that the telcos and the cablecos will so bloody each other that it will allow room for some more options to sneak into the competitive arena -- but that seems unlikely right now.
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