Vonage Dials Into Cable Utility


Upstart broadband-Internet-telephony provider Vonage has landed a partnership
deal with the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities to deploy its service to cable
customers in the Michigan city.

It marks the third deal Vonage has struck with a cable provider, having inked
deals earlier this summer with Armstrong Cable Services, a cable provider with
territory in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky, and with
Advanced Cable Communications, a provider in Coral Springs and Weston, Fla.

Vonage will co-market and offer its service for a flat $39.99 monthly, which
covers all calls within the United States and Canada. The company will also
offer two small-business plans.

"This partnership is a great opportunity for southwestern Michigan residents
and small businesses to obtain full-featured, flat-rate calling plans, which
include free customer-controlled features, such as caller ID, call waiting and
call forwarding," said Dan Elwell, Vonage’s national account manager, in a