An update on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s 1-Gig jig in the Kansas Cities leads off Thursday's cable news roundup.
Google got one step closer to delivering video services via the fiber network it's weaving in mid-America when the Missouri Public Service Commission approved the company to provide TV service in Kansas City on March 1. The company told The Kansas City Business Journal that obtaining the franchise licenses are a necessary legal step as Google mulls potential service packages, but warned that it does not necessarily mean it will launch a video service there. [Ed. note: Yeah, right.] Google's in the process of building an experimental 1Gbit/s network in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. (See Google Calls KC Fiber-Ready.)
Roku Inc. is looking to sign on strategic partners, such as TV makers and cable programmers, to help it raise up to $50 million to use toward more marketing and an international push, Bloomberg reports. Roku has raised $32.5 million so far from backers such as Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and could end up pursuing an IPO.
Cox Communications Inc. has expanded its IT support service for broadband customers to all markets following initial launches in its New England/Cleveland region. Cox Tech Solutions is a fee-based service that helps customers resolve PC-related issues such as crashes, home networking configurations and virus/spyware infections. Cox sells the service on a case-by-case basis for via a monthly subscription.