Century Communications Corp. made its high-speed-data
affiliation decision last week, and it's @Home Network.
The MSO said on Thursday that it will start the service,
branded "Century@Home," by the end of the year in two markets: Los Angeles and
Colorado Springs, Colo.
After the completion of "certain pending cable system
acquisitions," Century officials said, @Home will gain exclusive access to
Century's service footprint, which passes 3.3 million homes.
Right now, Century owns and operates 71 cable systems, in
25 states and in Puerto Rico, with a subscriber total of 1.3 million.
Century announced last year that it would combine its Los
Angeles service with Tele-Communication Inc.'s systems there, creating a joint
venture serving 745,000 customers. Century will own 75 percent, and TCI 25 percent of the
In the same deal, Century and TCI swapped 90,000 customers,
giving Century a stronger presence in the East San Fernando Valley of California, and
landing TCI with more San Francisco Bay area homes.
Bernard Gallagher, president and chief operating officer of
Century, said in a statement that the MSO decided to align with @Home because of its
"integrated service approach."
"Combined with our local broadband network, [the
agreement] will ensure our customers have the fastest, most robust Internet service
available," he said.
Dean Gilbert, @Home's senior vice president and
general manager, said he was thrilled about Century's Los Angeles-area systems, which
serve communities like Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Bellair.
Notably, Century is using the Road Runner system in one its
smaller markets: Norwich, N.Y. Executives said that system will remain a Road Runner
In early April, Century officially closed a market pilot of
Source Media Inc.'s Interactive Channel in Colorado Springs, and executives then
hinted that the MSO would lock into an @Home affiliation instead.