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Verizon Wireless & Cable Keep Rolling

Verizon Wireless and two of its new cable pals, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Cox Communications Inc. , have introduced service bundles this week in portions of four more states: Arizona, California, Massachusetts and New York.

Cox's new deployments are in San Diego and Santa Barbara, adding to the previous Cox/Verizon hookups in parts of Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska, as well as in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.

TW Cable, meanwhile, went live with Verizon Wireless bundles this week in San Diego and in Rochester, Buffalo and Albany, N.Y.; several Texas markets, including El Paso, San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi, and "select cities" in Massachusetts. The MSO and mobile carrier have already launched packages in parts of Hawaii, Ohio, Wisconsin, the Carolinas, Maine, Nebraska and Kansas City.

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), meanwhile, has connected with Verizon Wireless in more than 30 markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit and Seattle. Bright House Networks and Verizon Wireless have yet to introduce a bundle, but are expected to soon. Bright House serves more than 2.4 million customers in Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.

Why this matters
The introduction of 4G/cable service bundles between Verizon Wireless and its cable partners appears to be in cruise control several weeks after the mobile carrier received government clearance to purchase advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum from Comcast, TW Cable, Cox and Bright House for a combined $4 billion.

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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