Cablevision Systems doesn't have to worry about making coveted last-mile connections to its customers.Cablevision Systems doesnt have to worry about making coveted last-mile connections to its customers. It already has coaxial cable running into 4 million households in the greater New York metropolitan area. Now Cablevision is finding ways to profit from those connections, building a communications business that reaches far beyond its roots of pay-television. By the end of 2000 it had recruited 240,000 customers for its Optimum Online cable modem service, and its Lightpath subsidiary had begun offering voice and broadband data service for businesses.
But thats just the beginning. This year, Cablevision will roll out OptimumTV digital cable service, which replaces its current analog offering and opens the door to interactive TV. And during the next two years, Cablevision will deploy voice-over-Internet Protocol telephony in a flat-rate, unlimited domestic calling plan for its residential customers.