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State video franchises vs. universal service: Grasping the total picture

Editor's note: Since the publication of this article, the City of Milwaukee has negotiated a three-year "franchise-like" agreement with AT&T that would allow the telecommunications company to start an Internet protocol video service to compete with cable television. Under the terms of the agreement, which will be considered by the Milwaukee Common Council, AT&T ......

Full article >>> . For example, say a municipality initiates a light-pole replacement program and gets five percent of it funded from the state. The state can then acquire the use of those poles for antenna mounts for a broadband network because those poles were partially funded by the state.

If the state is making money on that network, is the municipality going to share in that revenue? How is it going ......

Full article >>> ents, which generally require an even higher level of service to ensure that all residents of the town get some value out of the commonly owned rights of way.

Cable or not cable?

If the mayors are worried about HB 1500, they should also be worried about HB 1258. If AT&T's offering is not cable, then is it not subject to the Cable Franchise Act? I have always said that ......

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