FCC Franchise Ruling Off Base, Locals Say

A growing number of critics claim the FCC’s ruling mandating a 90-day negotiation perfod for local cable franchises is unfair to muncipalities. One critic called some of the evidence cited in support of the decision “complete and abject fiction.” From the AP:

Opponents of the FCC’s action say the new rules amount to a “federalization” of the cable franchising process. They contend the change will mean a loss of local oversight, fewer dollars for public and government access channels and the possibility of “cherry picking” by companies that choose to serve only the richest neighborhoods.

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