Cable Companies Shifting Emphasis From TV - WSJ.com (click for full article) "The two largest cable operators are looking to an unlikely source of inspiration: Google Fiber, their newest formidable competitor. Time Warner Cable Inc. Chief Executive Glenn Britt and Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts separately said this week they see Google Inc.'s nascent one-gigabit communications network in Kansas City as a "laboratory" for encouraging new Internet services that will drive the adoption of faster broadband tiers-ultimately benefiting their own businesses too. Mr. Britt's comments came as Time Warner Cable posted an 8% gain in second-quarter profit, largely driven by growth in its broadband business that offset losses of cable-TV subscribers. Responding to softness in its video business, Time Warner Cable has focused on marketing its broadband without the expensive TV product attached. The company said Thursday the number of customers subscribing only to broadband-without cable TV and voice-increased 28%, from a year earlier. On a conference call with analysts Thursday, Mr. Britt described Google's service as exploring "what we could do as a society with more bandwidth," which is "a good thing, not a bad thing" for business."