Cable Technology Feature Article
Frontier Extends DISH Partnership for Triple-Play
By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor
Satellite giant DISH Network has re-upped its distribution contract with Frontier Communications, which will continue to offer DISH satellite television service as part of its triple-play with Internet and voice for the home.
The bundle will be available across the 27 states in which the telco operates, and Frontier will handle the billing and customer service for its subscribers across all three services. The satellite partnership is an arrangement that’s quite common in the telco world, since copper networks weren’t originally built to deliver TV. As a response to cable competition however, they have found themselves needing to provide video for residential subscribers. AT&T and Verizon (News - Alert) have built fiber-fed IPTV networks, but many smaller, regional telcos have chosen to partner instead.
"DISH is a great partner for Frontier," added Maggie Wilderotter, chairman and CEO of Frontier. "It offers our customers access to a portfolio of award-winning brands. The bundled offerings pair Frontier broadband and voice services with a suite of DISH products and services, including the Hopper with Sling whole-home HD DVR. Frontier makes it simple by being a single and local point of contact for service and billing."
The two communications companies are partners in other ways as well. Most recently, Frontier and DISH teamed to launch the “America’s Best Communities” (ABC) contest. The $10 million ABC Prize Competition is focused on encouraging collaboration and competition among individuals and organizations that share the same goal: to increase economic development and create positive change within their communities.
"We have worked with Frontier to make it even easier for consumers to design the highest-value bundle for their information, connection and entertainment needs," said Joe Clayton, president and CEO of DISH. "I am pleased to continue this relationship with a company that shares our commitment to providing advanced technology solutions through an affordable, service-driven approach."
Edited by Maurice Nagle