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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

August 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Pac-12, Frontier Communications hook up

Two weeks from today is the launch of the Pac-12 Networks, and this (Wednesday) morning, the league announced a contract with Frontier Communications, which has systems in Oregon and Washington. Here’s the link:

I’m trying to ascertain the extent of Frontier’s distribution in Washington. Meanwhile, nothing new on Pac-12 negotiations with DirecTV and Dish. No inside knowledge here, but it wouldn’t be a big surprise if those dragged past the launch date and toward the end of August, when the pressure will be greater to be on board to carry live games.

UPDATED, 4 15 p.m.: I’m informed by Richard Klena, vice president and general manager of the Washington market for Frontier, that the company’s FiOS TV is carried in Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Richmond Beach, Halls Lake, Lynnwood, Everett, Maryville and Arlington. He says Frontier’s distribution also covers much of Beaverton and Gresham in suburban Portland.

Also, the Pac-12 announced shortly after the tieup with Frontier that Bend Broadbend in Oregon has contracted with the league, so a wide swath of Central Oregon is covered.

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