Now that Verizon Communications has launched a pay TV service in the New York suburb of Massapequa Park, Cablevision Systems Corp. has asked the FCC to remove price controls in that market. If the FCC grants the request, Cablevision could raise the price for basic service above an existing ceiling and could vary the rates it charges to homes in the village.
The FCC today begins its auction of two licenses allocated for establishing wireless broadband networks that would allow high-speed Web surfing and VoIP calls from aircraft. Although such services have potential for generating significant revenue, there are concerns, including airlines' reluctance to spend money on communications equipment and the possibility of alienating some customers who prefer quiet on flights. Verizon Airfone, AirCell and JetBlue are among the bidders.