Weeks after being told by Connecticut regulators that it must obtain a legacy cable franchise to offer IP-based video services throughout the state, AT&T was handed a legal victory by a Connecticut superior court judge who ordered the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (CDPUC) to reinstate the video license application filed by AT&T under the state’s newly-enacted video franchise act. Adopted earlier this year, the video franchise law allows new entrants into Connecticut’s multichannel video programming market to apply for statewide franchising under a fast-track licensing procedure that bypasses the traditional cable franchise process. Citing the July ruling of a U.S. district court judge who said that AT&T’s U-Verse IPTV service lacked the level of interactivity that would exempt it from the obligations of the 1984 Cable Communications Policy Act, the CDPUC on October 15 denied AT&T’s request for a video license under the new state law and required AT&T to obtain a legacy cable franchise. The CDPUC also ordered AT&T to stop marketing U-Verse services to Connecticut customers until it had completed the cable franchise process. At the urging of AT&T, Hartford Superior Court Judge Robert McWeeny overturned the CDPUC order, concluding that the video franchise alternative adopted by state lawmakers “was available regardless of the technology or whether the party was viewed as providing cable services.” Observing that, “the legislature has made a policy determination to encourage competition in the area of cable services by reducing the regulatory burden on providers,” McWeeny wrote: “the [CDPUC] . . . [is] created by the legislature to facilitate and implement their policy determinations, not to frustrate them.” AT&T, which will be allowed to market its U-Verse service while its video license application is pending, applauded the court’s decision as one that “will allow us to quickly reinvigorate our U-Verse TV marketing and network buildout efforts to bring service to thousands of additional customers.”