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Knology Bumps Into Charter

8:20 AM -- Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL) has targeted Auburn, Ala., as the next market to get the competitive cable operator's "fill-in" and "edge-out" treatment.

Auburn is one of several areas Knology has identified for a subscriber growth strategy that involves the extension of its network into nearby regions that can be served by the MSO's existing headends. Last year, it started 30 such projects over 10 of its 12 divisions, using them to add more than 3,000 "connections" to its sub base. (See Knology Goes on the Offensive .)

Knology says it will start breaking ground on a broadband network next month in Auburn, a move that will boost competition with area cable incumbent Charter Communications Inc. (See Knology Entering Auburn.)

Knology, which has a new franchise agreement in-hand for the city, says it will start mapping and engineering analysis on April 5, and start construction 60 to 90 days thereafter. It expects to start firing up video, voice, and Internet services there by late August or early September.

In Alabama, Knology already provides services in Ashford, Dothan, Huntsville, Lanett, Montgomery, and Valley.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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