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June 9, 2006

House Passes Legislation to Open up Cable Competition

I'm already tired of the local cable companies ads about how the big bad phone companies will ruin cable. Now that the House has passed "Subscription-TV" legislation, expect more annoying commercials. According to MSNBC:

Legislation to open cable TV markets to more competition, possibly saving consumers hundreds of dollars a year, passed the House Thursday.

The biggest telecommunications legislation in a decade, approved 321-101, would make it easier for telephone companies to enter the subscription television market. A national franchise process would replace the current system where potential providers must negotiate contracts municipality by municipality, sometimes taking months and years.

Excellent! Competition is good. Now we'll just have to put up with lots of misinformation about the legislation lobbying from both phone and cable companies.

At MSNBC.com

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Posted by William Hungerford at June 9, 2006 12:46 PM

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