Recent reform of Texas' telecommunications laws is forcing formerly monopolistic companies to do things very differently.

Changes to Texas law include a new regulation that lets telephone companies sell cable TV services to communities. And a new class of competitors will soon enter the fight -- the reform also paved the way for companies using broadband over power line (BPL) technology to sell telephone, TV and Internet access to Texas markets.

With everybody in everybody else's business -- as state Sen. Troy Fraser, author of the reform bill, likes to say -- cable and phone companies can't afford to be blas

Shane Peterson  |  Associate Editor