On Thursday state lawmakers sent legislation to the governor that would make it easier for phone and other companies to offer cable T-V-like services. The state house joined the Senate in passing the wide-ranging telecom bill. The bill, which the Senate passed on Wednesday, would let phone companies avoid having to get licenses from thousands of local governments.
The local licenses are required of cable T-V providers, who waged a bitter battle against the telecom bill. Supporters say phone companies such as SBC and Verizon would boost competition for cable services and give consumers more choices.
But the cable T-V industry says the legislation would give big phone companies unprecedented competitive advantages. The telecommunications bill is SB5.