From our friends at the Get Illinois Online coalition, we learn of two interesting webpages in the local video franchise struggle.
One: The Chicago suburb of Geneva has posted a very informative webpage with language of the controversial bill, notable opponents to the bill (like, practically every municipality in the state), the audio from the first of several planned hearings on the bill (the next hearing is scheduled for March 15 in Springfield), and past adventures with AT&T's video disaster Project Lightspeed.
Second, we learn that talks between AT&T and the Chicago suburb of Naperville have ground to a complete halt. One attorney for Naperville puts the matter succinctly: "AT&T wants to hand pick their customers, rather than providing service to the entire community. If they want to be treated like a public utility, they have to serve everybody." Hear hear.
Again, we encourage your group to join the Keep Us Connected coalition, contact your state legislator and ask them (if you live in Illinois) to oppose House Bill 1500, and spread the word.
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