The Phone Industry's Video Schemes

      Phone companies want to build information highways that will send interactive 
      video and other digitized data to your living room as readily as phone calls.
         AMERITECH Building fiber-optic lines close to major customers. Testing 
      several interactive video services. Part owner of a New Zealand cable system.
         AT&T Wants to build a national network of computers to store and forward 
      movies and other "content" to local distributors, such as cable companies and 
      Baby Bells.
         BELL ATLANTIC Testing new video-delivery technology and plans to rebuild 
      much of its system for interactive services. Also entering the 
      video-programming business.
         BELL SOUTH Has rebuilt much of its network with fiber lines, though not to 
      homes. Installing advanced ATM switching technology that could send video to 
         GTE Few concrete plans, but has named a vice-president of video services. 
      Testing an interactive network in Cerritos, Calif.
         MCI Hasn't talked much about interactive services. But has $4.3 billion in 
      cash from sale of 20% to British Telecommunications.
         NYNEX Major player in the British market for cable-phone systems, but says 
      little about U.S. plans. Will test interactive video services in New York City.
         PACIFIC TELESIS Held inconclusive talks with cable companies to cooperate. 
      Plans to rewire California for information highway by 2015. Plans to test video 
      on demand.
         SOUTHWESTERN BELL Buying two Washington (D.C.)-area cable TV systems for 
      $650 million. Says little about its video plans in home region. Also in British 
         SPRINT Claims it's first phone company to offer a national network of 
      advanced ATM switches for video traffic to big customers. Few disclosed video 
         U S WEST Its $2.5 billion investment in cable giant Time Warner Inc. 
      transformed phone-cable competition. Plans to rewire its phone territory for 
      two-way video services. Owns half of a British cable-phone system.

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