Ameritech faces legal problems offering cable

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Illinois cable TV companies have filed a lawsuit against Ameritech and the village of Glendale Heights, challenging the legality of the cable TV franchise agreement unanimously approved by village trustees in August. Glendale Heights residents will be the first in Illinois with the option to choose from among two competing cable TV providers. Ameritech New Media Enterprises will early next year begin delivering a package of programming via a two-way video network--separate from its phone network--to four communities in Michigan, one in Glendale Heights, Ill., and possibly five more communities in Ohio which are currently being negotiated. Much of its programming will be born from Americast, the interactive programming and services alliance that includes Ameritech, BellSouth, GTE, SBC and Disney/Cap Cities ABC.

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