Local lawmakers hold “Town Meeting” on competitive cable legislation

April 11, 2008

Local lawmakers hold “Town Meeting” on competitive cable

     (NASHVILLE, TN, April 14, 2008) – Williamson County’s legislative delegation, State Senator Jack Johnson, and State Representatives Charles Sargent, Glen Casada and Phillip Johnson, today announced that they will hold a “Town Meeting” in order to hear from local citizens on legislation that would allow for competition in Tennessee’s cable television services.  The bill, called the Competitive Cable and Video Services Act, would allow new cable competitors to obtain a 10-year franchise certificate from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) beginning July 1.

“The bill has changed significantly from its original form, as far as protections for consumers and programming,” said Senator Johnson.  “We want to both provide information to residents about this legislation in its current form, and also hear their opinions on the proposal.”

The meeting will take place on Friday, April 18, 2008, at 7:30 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Williamson Co. Complex, on 1320 West Main Street in Franklin.  There
will be a presentation on the bill, followed by a question and answer open forum.

“This legislation is among the most important measures before us this session,” said Representative Sargent, who is one of the co-sponsors of the bill.  “We worked very hard to protect the consumers, while still offering incentives for companies to provide competition.  This measure has the potential to open up many economic opportunities by bringing more broadband services to our state.”

“This is a very important meeting, as our state considers changes that could impact the direction of cable and broadband services for years to come,” said Rep. Casada.  “We have heard much from the industries, but want to make sure that average citizens have had the opportunity to voice their views on this proposal.”

“We want to make sure that citizens are fully informed on the legislation that is before us.  I am looking forward to meeting with the citizens of this district and listening to their views on this important bill,” Rep. Johnson concluded.


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