(From Multichannel News)
"House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) is ready to advance a telecommunications bill stripped of provisions that have raised strong objections from the cable industry, industry and House sources said Thursday
The bill — which would feature national video franchises for phone companies — might be released in draft form Friday, followed by a hearing next week in the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Barton’s new schedule would call for a subcommittee vote in two weeks. . .
Barton’s bill is not expected to include buildout requirements — an omission that would allow phone companies to target affluent cable communities."
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