01-26-2013 02:53:46 PM
Why can't you get AT&T U-verse TV or U-verse Internet above 6 Mbps in 32202, 32206, 32207, 32208, and 32209 zip codes in the downtown area of Jacksonville, FL and AT&T will not compete in those zip codes due to a non-compete agreement. I do not think it's legal, but that is what I have been told by employees of AT&T. If, however, someone from Comcast okays the install I CAN get it because it is already here. AT&T just cannot sell it because the city blocks AT&T from extending coverage except to outskirts where there are fewer blacks and lower income people. People right over the zip code line can get U-verse TV and hi-speed internet above 6 Mbps ON THE SAME LINE!! This must stop! We want the service and do not want to be forced to buy Comcast.
01-29-2013 06:22:40 AM
The following is purely speculation:
Comcast may have an exclusive video provider franchise agreement with Jacksonville/Duval County and won't grant one to AT&T to provide video services. Given the expense of installing the VRAD's, etc., AT&T needs to be able to sell video service as well to recoup their infrastructure investment.
However, a quick search of the "Cable TV franchisors" in the state of Florida show at least two companies other than Comcast with franchise agreements in Jacksonville/Duval County: HotWire, FrontGate.
AT&T doesn't have a video franchise agreement that covers that area (though they serve other areas of Florida). Whether they sought one and were not granted one, or have never sought one, I have no idea.