In the States
Posted on February 19, 2007 - 10:35am.
Since 2006, a number of states have passed statewide video franchise legislation at the request of the telephone companies, other states are also considering legislation. Language varies between State Bills, but nearly all negatively impact on PEG, limiting the number of channels, cutting revenue streams and eliminating the possibility of future growth.
The telephone companies lobby heavily for these statewide franchises, spending upwards of 30 million on California alone. They promise 'competition' and 'lower prices' and pitch these as consumer bills, but in areas where telco video services have launched, prices largely remaind the same.
Below is a run down of current state video franchises. These bills move fast and are difficult to track, cross check our info here with Free Press to ensure you have the latest info.
Active State Legislation Bills likely to return in the next Legislative sessions.
Passed State Legislation
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