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July 9, 2006
Anne Arundel Police begin using beanbag shotguns After a spate of officer-related shootings involving Anne Arundel County police, a county patrol officer used a less-lethal beanbag shotgun on July 3 to disarm a suspect they described as violent and suicidal. It marked the first time a county patrol officer had used one of the recently issued weapons to address a threat. The beanbag shotgun discharges a sack of pellets, the impact of which is meant to disable a subject without causing severe injury.
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NEWS
July 7, 2006
Arundel OKs cable service contract with Verizon Verizon Communications will be the third cable provider in Anne Arundel County now that the County Council and executive have approved a 15-year deal with the telecommunications company. County Executive Janet S. Owens signed legislation yesterday approving a cable franchise agreement with Verizon to provide cable service to two-thirds of the county initially - and about three-quarters of Anne Arundel within seven years. The council unanimously passed the measure Wednesday night.
NEWS
By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | June 21, 2006
The Anne Arundel County Council is poised to approve a cable franchise agreement with Verizon Communications next month after the company agreed to speed up installation to the county's northern and southern tiers. On Monday, the council unanimously approved an amendment that would bring cable service more quickly to communities such as Hanover, Linthicum and Severn in the north and Galesville in the south. "I was amazed when I looked at the map that they weren't covering Linthicum or Severn," said County Council member Pamela G. Beidle, referring to Verizon's initial plans.
NEWS
By PHILLIP MCGOWAN and PHILLIP MCGOWAN,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2006
Anne Arundel County officials are predicting lower cable rates and better service under a 15-year cable agreement announced yesterday by County Executive Janet S. Owens - assuming the County Council goes along with the tentative deal. At a news conference yesterday in Annapolis with Verizon Maryland President William R. Roberts, Owens said the need for additional competition beyond Comcast Corp. and Millennium Digital Media, which already serve the county, "was a driving force in the county's commitment in trying to pursue this."
NEWS
By PHILLIP MCGOWAN and PHILLIP MCGOWAN,SUN REPORTER | June 1, 2006
Anne Arundel County officials are scheduled to announce a tentative agreement today that would make telecommunications giant Verizon Communications the third company offering cable television in the county, pitting it in a head-to-head battle for customers with Comcast Corp. and Millennium Digital Media. If the deal is approved, Anne Arundel would become the second county in Maryland to grant the phone company a cable TV license -- something experts say should result in lower fees for customers.
NEWS
By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Verizon Communications officials said yesterday the company is close to a deal with Baltimore County that would allow it to upgrade its network of utility lines - with the intention of eventually offering cable television service in the county. Verizon must lay fiber-optic cable throughout the county to be able to provide TV service. But negotiations with the county over the cost of laying the lines have been at a stalemate since last summer. The company emerged hopeful from a meeting with the county yesterday.
BUSINESS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 24, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - In an effort to keep customers from defecting to cable, Verizon Communications Inc. offered a slower version of its high-speed Internet service yesterday for $14.95 a month. The new tier of DSL service might represent an early benefit for consumers as phone companies try to move into territory traditionally dominated by cable, and as cable firms begin to sell phone services. Its success or failure might also answer an important question in the Internet marketplace these days: Which is more important, price or speed?
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2005
The Verizon utility trucks seen recently from Columbia to North Laurel are early signs of a building rivalry between the giant telecommunications company and Comcast Cable that could change the video-services landscape for Howard County residents. The County Council is to vote this month on a resolution seeking permission for Verizon to begin negotiating a franchise agreement with the county - the first such agreement for which Verizon has applied in Maryland. "This is a big deal," said Councilman Ken Ulman, a west Columbia Democrat.
BUSINESS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 16, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp. threw a life preserver to struggling TiVo Inc. yesterday, agreeing to pay the pioneer of digital video recorders to develop a service for Comcast's 21.5 million cable-TV customers. The agreement will bring TiVo innovations to Comcast's own digital video recorders, or DVRs, including software that can anticipate what a viewer wants to see. But the TiVo technology will come only as a premium service, Comcast said - at a yet-to-be-determined fee in addition to the regular monthly cable bill.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2004
CLARIFICATION An article on Page 1A of the Jan. 11 editions of The Sun about local cable television service described a Baltimore County couple's complaint over a $304 charge from Comcast for movies they said they never ordered. The quote, "This is mind boggling," and other comments critical of Comcast were made by the complaining couple. Attribution of these comments in the article was ambiguous and gave the impression the comments had been made by a county worker. In addition, the article did not carry the cable company's explanation for the disputed bill.
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