15 Apr '11, 2pm

The Merger of Telecom and Utilities: Is It the Future?: Someday in the future, we’ll all look back at the trip...

The Merger of Telecom and Utilities: Is It the Future?: Someday in the future, we’ll all look back at the trip...

Someday in the future, we’ll all look back at the triple play service as a relic of another age, like beepers or Blockbuster. Instead, the trio of phone, cable and internet will expand to quadruple and maybe even quintuple plays. It’s already happening in Australia , where one utility, ActewAGL, is bundling up to seven services to save customers money. It’s also starting to happen here in the U.S. Central Indiana Power, a small co-operative in the suburbs of Indianapolis, has merged with a local telecom, Hancock, to offer electricity, phone, broadband and home security services through one company now called NineStar Connect. The deal isn’t exactly Duke Energy merging with AT&T, but it is the first example (outside of a very small co-op in Alaska) in the U.S. of a trend that other small utilities are watching carefully. It also moves the industry one step closer to checkin...

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