No Changes Expected to Broadband Provision

Ferris, Craig T.
June 2006
Bond Buyer;6/23/2006, Vol. 356 Issue 32409, p5
Trade Publication
The article reports the assumption by municipal lobbyists that there will be no changes to the municipal broadband provisions under the U.S. Senate Committee's telecommunications bill. The overall bill aimed to make it easier for telecommunications firms to offer video services by replacing local franchise authorities with a national system to be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission. The provision was changed following an agreement by Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and other panel leaders to take out language giving private companies the right of first refusal to offer broadband after municipal lobbying groups.


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