by Phil Keren EditorSilver Lake -- The second piece of AT&T's plans to upgrade its Internet and telephone services, and offer new video services in Silver Lake was unanimously approved by Village Council June 18.Council adopted a five-year video competition agreement with the company in conjunction with the firm's construction of a power supply box in the right of way at 2863 Lakewood Drive. Council agreed to allow AT&T to construct the infrastructure in May.Margaret Williams, director of external affairs for AT&T, said there are also power supply boxes in Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Munroe Falls that will also help provide service to village residents. Williams told Council June 18 that she does not anticipate AT&T installing another box in Silver Lake.Caryn Candisky, the director of public affairs for AT&T, said the installation of the box is part of a project designed to put fiber optics further into neighborhoods to provide "better phone service, and better and faster Internet service" and a new video service called U-Verse. This service will compete with the cable television service offered by Time Warner Cable.Candisky said AT&T is in the first phase of Project Lightspeed, a $6 billion initiative to provide the new and upgraded services in 18 million homes in 13 states by the end of 2008.She did not offer a specific date, but Candisky said U-Verse, which is an Internet-protocol video service, and the other upgraded services, will be offered in Silver Lake "very soon."Highlights of the agreementAccording to the video competition agreement, AT&T will give the village "3 percent of gross revenues derived from the company's IP-Video Services product delivered over the IP-enabled communications network in the village's rights of way."Heydorn said the village has the same revenue-sharing arrangement in a 15-year agreement with Time Warner Cable that was enacted in July 2002. Teresa Spohn, the village's clerk-treasurer, said Silver Lake receives about $20,000 annually for its general fund from the Time Warner deal. Since she expects the majority of residents to use either Time Warner or AT&T, but not both services, Spohn said, "I don't anticipate any extra [income]" from AT&T's service. Heydorn said the deal also gives the village a say in the location of other pieces of AT&T infrastructure, lays out what the company must do during construction projects, provides the company with guidelines on maintaining the equipment and gives the village a government channel on the video service provided by AT&T.Impact of Senate Bill 117 on the dealState lawmakers recently approved legislation creating statewide licensing requirements for cable television providers.The Ohio State House on June 14 approved an amended version of Senate Bill 117, and the Ohio Senate concurred with the changes June 19. Proponents of the measure say the bill will improve competition and consumer choice in the state, while opponents -- which include local governments who negotiated cable contracts and related fees for their communities -- are concerned the bill would lead to decreased revenues and public access channels, fewer local access channels and less local control. Council Vice President William Church (At-large) asked Williams on June 18 how the bill will affect the village's deal with the company."At this point, we intend to go forward with the agreement that we have," said Williams at the June 18 meeting. "At some point, I am sure that this Senate Bill 117 will have an effect on video services in Ohio."Editor's note: Record Publishing Co.'s Capital Bureau Chief Marc Kovac contributed to this story.E-mail: pkeren@recordpub.com Phone: 330-686-3940