SBC has been testing an IP-based television service built on Microsoft’s TV IPTV Edition platform since June 2004.

SBC and Microsoft will begin field trials in mid-2005 and plan commercial availability of the IP-based television platform later in the year.

In the first quarter of 2005, construction is expected to begin on Project Lightspeed, SBC’s effort to deploy fiber closer to customer locations to provide new IP-based services, including IP television, voice over IP and faster internet access. Project Lightspeed is expected to reach 18 million households by the end of 2007.

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