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AT&T ordered to apply for cable TV licence

October 17, 2007

Connecticut State utility regulators have ordered AT&T to get a cable television licence for the IPTV service it is currently providing in Connecticut.

Department of Public Utility Control commissioners said a recent ruling by a federal judge made it clear that AT&T’s “U-verse” constitutes a cable television service, and the company is operating it without proper authorization. Commissioners unanimously rejected the company’s application for a “video franchise” certificate, which state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said would have allowed AT&T to run “U-verse” under regulations that are less strict than those for cable television. The DPUC ordered AT&T to apply for a cable TV license no later than 31st December.

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