Telephone, Cable Companies compromise on TV Legislation

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Wednesday, January 17 2007 Jan 17, 2007 Wednesday, January 17, 2007 5:35:06 PM CST January 17, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A compromise at the Capitol could mean more competition for Missouri television viewers. The state's biggest telephone and cable TV companies say they have reached a compromise on legislation that would allow phone companies like AT&T to more easily offer television service. Cable companies currently are granted franchises by individual cities. But under the bill filed in the Senate, telephone and cable companies both could seek new state franchises -- which would allow them to offer service in every Missouri city. The bill would require AT&T to offer service to at least 25% of its statewide customers within three years. City governments say they still have concerns about the bill.

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