Princeton, N.J.7/30/2000 8:00 PM Eastern
Princeton, N.J.-RCN Corp. passed the first major hurdle toward a franchise for San Francisco last week. The public utilities and deregulation subcommittee of the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan for a 15-year franchise for the potential overbuilder.
RCN would compete directly with AT & T Broadband, which has been criticized for failing to swiftly upgrade the system it acquired from Viacom Cable.
RCN vowed to overbuild 91 percent of the city within the first eight years of existence.
Also last week, RCN gained approval to serve the Bergen County, N.J., community of Cliffside Park, adding to a cluster that includes nearby Bayonne, Hoboken and Jersey City in Hudson County. Another Hudson County franchise was approved in Guttenberg.