2 companies apply to compete for cable

April 04, 2000|By David Nitkin | David Nitkin,SUN STAFF

Two technology companies are seeking permission to compete with Comcast Corp. to offer television, Internet and telephone services to Baltimore County residents.

Boston-based American Broadband and Starpower Communications of New Jersey filed applications for a franchise agreement by yesterday's deadline.

Formed in September, American Broadband is not operating in any city or county, although it has applied to serve about 80 percent of the homes in Rhode Island, said Edward T. Holleran Jr., president of American Broadband.

Starpower is expanding its Massachusetts and West Coast operations, and was awarded a franchise agreement in Montgomery County last year.

Last month, the County Council decided to seek applicants for franchise agreements after receiving at least two inquiries from companies that want to enter the market. Comcast was awarded a 15-year franchise in 1998, but the agreement does not bar competition.

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