Down in Texas, Senate loves the phone guys

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Despite being a non-starter in the house of representatives, Texas State Senate has okayed a bill that eliminates local franchise requirements for telcos to enter video markets – instead allowing for a single statewide franchise. Good news for Verizon and SBC, and not so good for cable guys. Funny how once in Senate politicians turn the back on little town legislatures (who thrive on franchise fees.)

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Yes

Good for them. Talk about anti-competitive. If you really believe in competition, then this is a good bill. Is it fair that the cable guys have individually negotiate and not the telcos? No, but neither are the difference in their broadband obligations. The answer is to level the playing field, not with more regulation, but with less.

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