Stevens Floats Major Franchising Overhaul

Hearn, Ted
May 2006
Multichannel News;5/8/2006, Vol. 27 Issue 19, p6
The article reports that U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) introduced a telecommunications bill that will change cable-franchising rules in May 2006. The legislation will also restrict cable control of sports programming, impose digital television carriage requirements on cable operators and require federal regulators to monitor discriminatory conduct by cable providers. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) did not support the document as a whole due to its network-neutrality provisions. The Senate Commerce Committee has set June 8 as the tentative date for a full committee vote.


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