Sweeping Telecom Bill Passes House

Law360, New York (June 9, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The House of Representatives passed a sweeping telecommunications bill Thursday, a move that will streamline telephone companies’ access to the market for video services.

The passage of the bill—H.R. 5252, sponsored by Texas Republican Joe Barton—means that phone companies that want to compete with cable and satellite television providers will now seek regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission, as opposed to dealing with the estimated 34,000 local franchising authorities.

Consolidating regulatory authority with the FCC will save companies like AT&T time and money as they...
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