Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 5:06am
CITIES, STATES AND NON-PROFITS LINE UP AGAINST MARTIN'S VIDEO FRANCHISE AGENDA
[SOURCE: Lasar's Letter on the FCC, AUTHOR: Matthew Lasar]
They're all but calling it the Magna Carta of video franchise reform: Federal Communications Commission Chair Kevin Martin's proposal to set limits on the power of cities and counties to grant video franchises. The FCC will vote on the matter on Wednesday. But local franchising authorities (LFAs) worry that the FCC's proposals will deny them the ability to require video providers to roll out service not just in big cities, but in outlying areas, where people are often poorer. Chances are that if the FCC decides to implement the proposal championed by FCC Chairman Kevin martin on Wednesday, various groups will challenge the FCC's legal right to act on this issue.
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