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House Seeks to Open Cable TV Market

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 8 Jun 2006 22:38:46 -0400

By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislation to open cable TV markets to more
competition, possibly saving consumers hundreds of dollars a year,
passed the House Thursday.

The biggest telecommunications legislation in a decade, approved
321-101, would make it easier for telephone companies to enter the
subscription television market. A national franchise process would
replace the current system where potential providers must negotiate
contracts municipality by municipality, sometimes taking months and

The vote came shortly after the House rejected a Democratic-backed
amendment aimed at better protecting Internet users from pricing or
access discrimination that Internet providers might apply. The issue
of "net neutrality" dominated debate on the bill.


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