Cox’s Esser Blasts WSJ
January 16, 2007 3:11 PM
Don’t miss today’s “Letters to the Editor” section in the esteemed Wall Street Journal. Cox Communications president Pat Esser took umbrage with a WSJ editorial that accused cable operators of slowing down the process for phone giants like Verizon and AT&T to enter into video franchises.
Esser is referring to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to speed up the franchise approval for telcos just now entering the video turf. And Esser is right. Cable has had to live with cumbersome franchise renewals for 40 years and is simply asking for the same treatment the telcos just got from the FCC. In his heated, but well reasoned letter, Esser pointed out several mistakes in the WSJ editorial and said he welcomes competition from the telcos.
So do you think we’ll see a heated response from the telcos? Not on your life, I would wager. Why kick up the dust after such a stunning victory?