Competition on Cable
Telephone companies are anxious to enter the cable market. AT&T has already pledged to invest over $100 million to build the networks to provide television service to Missouri customers. The city of Columbia has also been looking at providing TV service, looking to be a cable provider itself. So does this mean an end to the possibility of a city run cable provider?
"I don't think so, in other words we'd have to follow whatever rules, if we were going to provide such a service, we'd have to provide, follow through whatever rules there are, and if that meant going through the state and getting a franchise through them, that's what we will do," said Dan Dasho, Columbia Water and Light director.
Zielinski said he can't wait to end the cable monopoly.
"Anyone who says we don't want it to be better and cheaper is crazy," said Zielinski.
If the Blunt signs the bill it could go into effect as soon as August of 2007.
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