FCC Schedules Franchising Vote

Hearn, Ted
December 2006
Multichannel News;12/18/2006, Vol. 27 Issue 50, p78
The article reports that Chairman Kevin Martin of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has scheduled a vote on his plan to pressure local governments to sign cable-service contracts with requesting phone companies within 90 days. Martin's plan puts him in direct conflict with cable operators and local governments, which argue that the FCC lacks authority to impose a shot clock on cable franchising negotiations.


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