HR 1542 [OT, anti-BS attempt, US]

M. David Leonard mdl at
Mon May 7 20:46:37 UTC 2001


	Maybe you feel comfortable with the extent of regulation you see 
(or think you see) in Florida but after a few years on the cable 
advisory board in Greenfield, Massachusetts, I can tell you that there is 
no effective regulation here.  I seriously doubt that there is meaningful 
cable regulation anywhere but I am willing to be corrected.  At least in 
Massachusetts, cable advisory boards are a sick joke.

					David Leonard

On Mon, 7 May 2001, Greg Maxwell wrote:

> On Mon, 7 May 2001, Roeland Meyer wrote:
> [snip]
> > Cable operators are unregulated local monopolies.
> No. They are regulated, by the franchise agreement. If the agreement isn't
> strong enough to ensure the highest best use of public right-of-way then
> it's a failure of the local government for not making it so (or the
> state/FCC for forbiding the local governments from placing certain
> requirements in the agreement).
> It appears that there is a lot of shooting from the hip going on here.
> cable regulation is fraught with legal complications and is changing
> rapidly right now, and the layman anaysis going on here isn't doing the
> topic justice.
> It's additionally complicated by the fact that the laws differ from state
> to state. In Florida, it's covered by Sec. 166.046, Florida Statutes and
> the Communications Act of 1934, the Cable Communications Policy Act of
> 1984, the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of
> 1992, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
> If there is any intrest, I believe that Martin County (Fl)'s 1999
> agreement with Adelphia is online someplace, I could track down a
> URL for it.

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