Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wisconsin Realizes Franchise 'Reform' Was a Con - State wakes up after bender, notices AT&T in bed next to them... - dslreports.com

Wisconsin Realizes Franchise 'Reform' Was a Con - State wakes up after bender, notices AT&T in bed next to them... - dslreports.com: "Wisconsin Realizes Franchise 'Reform' Was a Con
State wakes up after bender, notices AT&T in bed next to them...
08:55AM Monday Nov 10 2008 by Karl Bode
tags: legal · competition · business · Politics
Tipped by ArgMeMatey

The baby bells have lobbied very hard to gut the existing local franchise system, without it getting much coverage from the technology media. With the FCC's help, they've passed franchise 'reform' laws in more than a dozen states under the promise of more jobs and lower TV rates. In reality, the bills are designed to legalize cherry picking, kill consumer protection laws, eliminate local authority and eminent domain rights, and streamline lobbying. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with TV rates skyrocketing, Wisconsin is the latest to notice that the franchise 'reform' bill they were sold didn't actually do anything for consumers that the old system didn't."

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