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Talk of the bay

Cable, phone rivals offer similarly vague answers

Published October 31, 2005

Sometimes even rivals can agree on something.

Bright House Networks, the region's dominant cable company, and Verizon Communications, the dominant phone company, have been sniping at each other for months as competition heats up.

But checking with the companies last week about whether either planned to offer a service called Start Over, we received remarkably similar comments:

"Bright House Networks continually reviews the new technology and services that are available in order to provide the latest offerings from our customers," spokeswoman Kena Lewis said, but she could say no more.

"There's all kinds of new technology," Verizon spokesman Bob Elek said. "We're going to watch them and figure out which ones the customers want, and which ones they don't want."

Clear enough? By the way, Start Over, which Time Warner will begin offering in Columbia, S.C., allows viewers to push a button to see a program from the beginning, even if they tune in late.

[Last modified October 28, 2005, 18:47:02]

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