Washington -- Residential Communications Network Corp. last
week asked the Federal Communications Commission for authority to be an open-video system
operator in the Washington, D.C., area.
RCN, a subsidiary of cable operator C-TEC Corp., is
partnering with Potomac Electric Power Co. (PEPCO), the area's largest utility, to
provide consumers with voice, video and data from a single source.
The joint venture has committed to spend $150 million over
the next three years and $300 million overall.
RCN chairman and CEO David McCourt said in August when the
venture was announced that he would apply for an OVS certificate with the FCC. Unlike
cable operators, OVS operators are not subject to local franchising requirements.
RCN and PEPCO filed with the FCC under the name Starpower
Communications LLC. The FCC has 10 days to act on the application.