2:20 PM -- As reported this morning by Light Reading, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) have fiber access gear on the same block in Frisco, Texas -- something that's a novelty in the U.S. and somewhat annoying to folks in areas without many broadband choices.
I think this is interesting because the two telcos are doing fiber-to-the-home deployments in the neighboring subdivisions of Sterling Place and Wyndsor Pointe, but they're not going head-to-head with FTTH.
Instead, Verizon's FiOS service is about to go on sale in Sterling Ranch, where AT&T's U-verse service just arrived not too long ago. A fair fight? Dunno, but let's not forget that the local cable company, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), won't likely take all this telco activity without a price cut, bundle promotion, or some such activity to lock in subscribers.
Here are the photos from Wyndsor Pointe, where we identify AT&T as the lone fiber-to-the-home operator, even though Verizon's outside plant is just a few hundred feet away:
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