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Cablevision Touts Consumer VoIP Wins, Eyes Business Users

Cablevision's Optimum Voice service, a widely-deployed VoIP service, has attracted more than one million customers representing more than one-third of the company's cable TV customers, Cablevision said Tuesday.

Cablevision also said more that one-half of its high-speed Internet customers had signed up for the service. The Cablevision results indicate that cable broadband telephoning is cutting into traditional landline telephone services at a rapid rate.

"Optimum Voice brought competition to a market that had historically been dominated by high-priced monopoly phone companies, and offered consumers a reliable flat-rate voice product that included all the popular calling features with no additional charges or hidden fees," said Tom Rutledge, Cablevision's chief operating officer, in a statement.

Rutledge said the favorable response to Optimum Voice -- primarily a residential service -- positions the company well to move into the VoIP business and voice data services market.

The Optimum Voice service carries a flat monthly fee of $34.95, which includes voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, 411 directory assistance and other features.