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Cable Technology Feature Article

February 10, 2011

FCC Approves O2 To Provide Cable Services In Palm Coast Florida Via COALS Application

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

O2 Secure Wireless, Inc., a developer of numerous wireless tower facilities in the U.S. and a provider of wireless broadband communication services domestically, announced that it has received the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of Cable Operations and Licensing System "COALS" application to provide cable services to the residents of Palm Coast, Florida.

COALS, the Media Bureau's Internet based system, provides the public a means to electronically file with the bureau and to provide access to cable services information. In other words, it permits electronic filing of Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) forms with the FCC (News - Alert).

The FCC enables filers to obtain COALS system log-ins; to submit cable community registrations (FCC Form 322); to make operator information changes (FCC Form 324); and to file annual signal leakage reports (FCC Form 320) and aeronautical frequency notifications (FCC Form 321).

With the FCC COALS approval, O2 (News - Alert) will be third content provider in the territory of Palm Coast, according to a press release. The company will be offering the residents in the region with high-speed 4G-wireless - or LTE (News - Alert) - service. This represents a market potential in the range of 38,000 households.

Officials with O2 said in the release that the high-speed 4G-wireless service packages offered by the company to the residents of Palm Coast have been priced competitively with the median revenue per client to be estimated at $90 to $100 per month.

According to O2, the FCC approval of COALS status has provided the company a distinctly superior advantage in the marketplace and will be ranked among leading cable service providers, thereby making it a competitor with companies such as Brighthouse Networks and AT&T (News - Alert).

In July 2010, O2 Secure Wireless, Inc. signed a merger agreement with Earthcom Service Inc., also a wireless communications company. With this merger, Earthcom Service became O2’s wholly owned subsidiary. Both the companies will consequently trade together.

Val Kazia, president of Earthcom Service Inc., said in a statement, "We are very pleased to have obtained this approval. Becoming a major competitor in this territory is the crowning achievement in our penetration Strategy."

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell