More on Senate Telecom Bill

An excellent article from Broadcasting & Cable that lays out the issues in the bill section by section:

"Senate Drafts Huge Telecom Bill"
By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 5/1/2006 3:59:00 PM

"The Senate Commerce Committee has released the draft of its telecom reform bill, and it is a doozy.

In addition to video franchise reform, the main thrust of the House version of the bill, the Senate deals with a host of other issues in its 135-page opus.

Don't look for a quick turn-around, however. The committee will do the telecom 'two-step,' first holding two public hearings on the bill before it marks it up (amends and otherwise changes it) after the Memorial Day recess. That lengthens the odds that a telecommunications bill can be passed this session, given the differences between the House and Senate versions and the dwindling days on the legislative calendar before the session ends."

In the article, reporter John Eggerton describes "Title III – Streamlining Franchising Process" of the proposed bill and the issue of redlining:

"Redlining (discrimination) and consumer protection and service requirements are set nationally and monitored by local franchising authorities. The state commission adjudicates such disputes. Remedies: can require the video service provider to provide service, may assess penalties, can even revoke the franchise."

Read the article.

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