Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, a rural phone company based in Kingfisher, Okla., is testing new equipment that can send Internet-based TV service wirelessly to TVs. If the program succeeds, it could hasten telecoms' entry into the TV market.
Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg has developed a reputation as a cunning, strategy-oriented leader, and his current approach to Verizon's business reflects that. Rather than pushing to make the telecom bigger, Seidenberg is focusing investments on building long-term growth engines, such as a huge fiber-optic network capable of delivering video and superfast Internet services.
Cable and telephone companies, hoping to protect the revenue they derive from Internet services, have been vocal opponents of municipalities that sought to roll out citywide Wi-Fi services. But companies such as Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and AT&T Inc. have changed their tunes and have begun bidding to provide such services.
AirPlay Network, a San Francisco-based startup, will introduce a lineup of mobile phone games tied to live reality TV and sports programming. The service will let users compete in real-time against each other to predict sports plays or winners in reality TV shows.