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October 23, 2012

Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable Launch Verizon Wireless Service Bundles in Multiple System Operator's Markets

By Shankar Pandiath, TMCnet Contributor

Cox (News - Alert) Communications and Time Warner Cable, while continuing their agreements with Verizon Wireless, have now launched Verizon Wireless Service bundle deals in the MSO, Multiple System Operator’s markets in four states; California, New York, Arizona and Massachusetts.

For the customers who subscribe for certain Internet, video and voice packages with Verizon (News - Alert) smartphones and tablets, Time Warner Cable is offering a prepaid Visa debit card valued up to $200 in cities of Buffalo, Albany and Rochester in New York; Austin, Corpus Christi, Yuma, Lardeo, El Paso, San Diego, Harlingen and San Antonio in Texas, and a few communities in Massachusetts.

In Santa Barbara, California and San Diego Cox Communications together with Verizon Wireless (News - Alert) has launched a prepaid Visa debit card ranging from $100 to $400 to the joint customers who opt for bundled deals.

Bright House Network, Time Warner (News - Alert) cable and Comcast agreed to sell their Advanced Wireless Services spectrum holdings to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion in December 2011. The operators and the wireless carrier then had mutually agreed on selling each other’s services in select areas too. Cox Communications had also entered into an arrangement with Verizon Wireless on similar lines.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the companies in partnerships are prohibited from marketing their services in FiOS (News - Alert) TV markets. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the approved companies in partnership cannot enter the markets of New York City which is the domain of Time Warner Cable and Northern Virginia which has Cox Communications. In August 2012, the Federal Communications Commission granted conditional approval of the spectrum deals.

Presently, Verizon Wireless and Time Warner Cable have been carrying out joint marketing initiatives in several cities like New England, Kansas, Hawaii, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Carolina and Ohio. Cox Communications and the Wireless Carrier initiated their marketing agreement in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and earlier this month they have launched the joint marketing activities in parts of Northwest Arkansas , Omaha and Kansas.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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