Franchise, Phone Bills Percolate in Penn

March 2008
Multichannel News;3/17/2008, Vol. 29 Issue 12, p13
The article reports on the plan by Pennsylvania lawmakers to impose a franchising-reform bill that could deregulate voice-over-Internet protocol phone service in the state. HB 1490, however, faces attack by cable and telephone companies because it requires an applicant to demonstrate legal, financial, technical and managerial qualities needed to build and operate a system. Instead of HB 1490, they rather uphold SB 1000, a bill that could prevent any government agency to regulate the product.


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