Is our local cable franchise threatened by Congress?
Original post made by Natalie Fisher, Midtown, on Jun 11, 2006
"House Passes Controversial Telecom Bill
Meanwhile in the House, lawmakers passed the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act, known as the COPE bill. The controversial telecommunications legislation would permit phone and cable companies to operate Internet and other digital communications service as private networks, free of policy safeguards or governmental oversight. The bill would effectively end what is known as "net neutrality" which is the concept that that everyone, everywhere, should have free, universal and non-discriminatory access to the Internet. The bill would also cut back the obligation of cable TV companies to devote channels to public access and fund the facilities to run them. And the COPE bill would replace local cable franchises with national franchises."
I have no idea what is meant by "national franchises" but it could mean that Palo Alto would lose control over the Comcast franchise and the public and government access channels would no longer be required.
We might lose them.
I have the impression that the Senate will take up this issue as early as next week.