FCC To Vote On Easing Cable Franchise Regulations

Law360, New York (December 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move that could open up competition in the local cable market, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on Wednesday on whether to relax the regulations governing cable television acquisitions.

Proposed by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and backed by telecommunications powerhouses Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., the proposal would remove some of the barriers to entry that block companies from entering a market.

Martin has argued that the current policy regarding cable franchise stifles competition and drives up cable prices. Currently, a company must...
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