video cable franchise franchising

Eliminate Video Franchising

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Hance Haney(202) 558-7083 Cable Franchise Process Should Be Eliminated –Franchising Harms Consumers and U.S. Competitiveness WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Discovery Institute’s Technology & Democracy Project has urged the Federal Communications Commission to reform local regulation of cable services, which imposes unnecessary costs and delays on both incumbent cable operators and new entrants. “The U.S. lags behind Read More ›

Statewide Franchising Questions & Answers

1. What is “statewide video franchising”? Statewide video franchising creates quick, one-stop-shopping for companies that want to build new broadband networks in Indiana. It simplifies a currently fragmented and inefficient system by moving video licensing authority from hundreds of Indiana cities, towns, and counties to the state.  In the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s, cities and towns granted franchises to companies who Read More ›

Setting the Record Straight on Statewide Video Franchising

On February 9, 2006, Tim Oakes of the Indiana Cable and Telecommunications Association wrote an Indy Star opinion column. In addition to resorting to ugly racial and ethnic arguments in a debate over telecommunications, Oakes’ column is simply wrong on many counts. Oakes states: We are particularly distressed by The Star’s support of state-issued franchising of video services and the Read More ›