Pointing to a U.S. district court decree late last month that classified AT&T’s IPTV service as a cable offering that is subject to state licensing, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed an emergency petition asking the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (CDPUC) to order AT&T to obtain a license for the provision of “U-Verse” video services throughout the state. The court ruling, issued by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on July 26, overturns a 2006 CDPUC order that allowed AT&T to offer IP-based video service in the state without a franchise. Arterton’s ruling also nullifies legislation, recently signed into law by Connecticut’s governor, that, among other things, permits incumbent cable operators to apply for statewide franchising 30 days after a competitor enters the market. Currently, AT&T is offering U-Verse video service in 30 Connecticut localities and has laid out plans to embark on an “aggressive expansion” during the next few months. Seeking an emergency CDPUC order that would bar AT&T from building new facilities or signing new video customers until it obtains a statewide franchise, Blumenthal asserted that the court’s order represents “an historic turning point—a real prospect for lower cable prices and better service-but only if the [CDPUC] . . . orders AT&T to be regulated.” Challenging the CDPUC to “place public policy goals paramount and impose Title VI requirements on the provision of any video services offered in this state,” Blumenthal added: “that view has now been upheld by a federal judge interpreting federal law as applied to the facts surrounding AT&T Connecticut and the department’s decision.”