From the PD.
By Jerri Stroud
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
AT&T Inc.'s new television franchise agreements with several local communities have raised some residents' hopes that another alternative to cable and satellite TV service is on the horizon.
But the telephone giant is making no promises for when or where its television service will be available. And its performance in other markets suggests that St. Louisans could have a long wait.
AT&T has franchises with four communities here and is seeking them in more than 100 other Missouri cities and towns. In addition, it is backing a bill in the Missouri Legislature that would allow it to get a statewide franchise covering all communities.
AT&T plans to make its U-Verse television service available to half of its 19 million customers nationwide by 2008. In Missouri, the company expects to reach 25 percent of its customers by 2009 or 2010, and half of its customers within six years, said John Sondag, vice president of external affairs.
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