DOJ Backs Swift Franchising Process

Hearn, Ted
May 2006
Multichannel News;5/15/2006, Vol. 27 Issue 20, p6
Reports on the efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in supporting the regulations that would bar local governments from delaying franchise negotiations with telephone companies and other firms seeking to compete with cable system operators. Comments from Thomas O. Barnett, chief of the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, on the delays in the franchising process; Move of the DOJ to call for restrictions on local governments' ability to set a timetable for the buildout of new cable facilities within their communities; Opposition of the DOJ to the National Cable and Telecommunication Association's view that the buildout of an entire franchise area was necessary to prevent income discrimination.


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