The company ran fiber through our neighborhood a couple of years ago, and they've been installing more in other parts of Portland - only in what they perceive as affluent neighborhoods, however. Presently, they try to get you to sign up with them for high-speed internet and a telephone service; they have a package offering that includes DirecTV as well (we had DirecTV some years ago, but kept losing signal during rainstorms, though CenturyLink claimed that the receivers now are much better).
In any case, they've now reached a deal with CoPo to add television services directly, so they'll be competing with Comcast on all fronts. They call their television service Prism TV, which is probably a suitable name, as a prism breaks up light to produce those characteristic spectral rainbows. Given their general quality of service, it's a safe bet that a lot of users will experience that effect on their televisions when all they wanted to do was watch the news.
A typical bundle is $87 a month for a 12-megabit-per-second Internet connection plus 140 channels of HD cable TV and a DVR. A comparable package from Comcast is about $145 a month, though Comcast now offers considerably faster Internet service – 50 mbps for its standard connections.
That'll vary, obviously; in our neighborhood they offer gigabit connection speeds for $110 a month, but I can't blog that fast. Also, when one of their reps came to the door to try to sell me on it, I asked if that gig is guaranteed to the house - or into the house as well. Not that I don't trust them - but I don't trust them. Sure enough:
Um, well, um...it's guaranteed to your home telephone box; after that, it goes through your standard home system's copper wires, which means that unless you rewire your home with fiber, you'll never see anything close to a gig.
Well, alrighty then. Good to clear that little detail up.
Oh, and why are they dumping their deal with DirecTV? As it happens, AT&T is buying them. Just another little unmentioned detail.