Navigating the Broadband Jungle Sep 00

  • ID: 1928177
  • September 2000
  • Standard & Poors
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  • Alcatel Inc.
  • Colonial Pipeline Co.
  • Dominion Resources Inc.
  • Duke Energy Progress, LLC
  • El Paso Holdco LLC
  • Explorer Pipeline Co.
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(Editor's note: This article, originally published Aug. 11, 2000, has been republished to correct an analyst's name.) In a rapidly deregulating environment, electric utilities, gas transmission companies, and gas distribution companies are diversifying asset portfolios and developing new businesses that extend beyond traditional regulated activities. As part of this strategy, utilities have either initiated or are devising plans to enter the broadband market in the telecommunications industry. This includes laying fiber-optic lines, trading bandwidth rights, and providing local Internet service. The greater upside potential of broadband service provision is commensurate with the higher risk profile. Shareholder pressures have been an important driving force behind this trend. In particular, a growing number of utilities are subject to lowered authorized rate of...

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- CSX Corp.
- Duke Energy Progress, LLC
- Central Maine Power Co.
- Consolidated Edison Co. of New York Inc.
- Dominion Resources Inc.
- Duke Energy Corp.
- Northwestern Energy Montana
- PECO Energy Co.
- Potomac Electric Power Co.
- Sierra Pacific Power Co.
- The Williams Cos. Inc.
- Colonial Pipeline Co.
- Explorer Pipeline Co.
- American Electric Power Co. Inc.
- CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC
- Enron Corp.
- Alcatel Inc.
- Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC
- El Paso Holdco LLC
- Williams Communications Group Inc.
- Dynegy Inc.

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