Comcast May Face New Competition in Baltimore County


Spelling possible trouble for Comcast  and Verizon Communications, residents of Baltimore County, Md. could get a third choice of providers for bundled services if the county council approves a recent application.

The office of county Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, who negotiates franchises on behalf of the county, confirmed that Richmond, Va.-based Cavalier Telephone has applied for permission to offer video services in the county.

The privately owned Cavalier passes 5.1 million homes in seven major markets. Its operational base includes communities in Delaware, Maryland, southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The competitive local exchange carrier offers a triple play bundle including local and 5-cents-a-minute long distance, high speed data plus video service (with an onscreen caller ID feature) for $95.95, according to its Web site.