The latest developments in the state video franchise fight

Posted by Mitchell - April 13, 2007 (entry 533)

This might be optimistic to say, but one could say there's momentum building against the dismal proposed rewrite of the Illinois laws concerning telecommunications. Witness:

(1) On the local front, the Chicago City Council is weighing a proposed resolution to oppose the dismal HB1500 bill, which would destroy plenty of community media infrastructure and trump the rights of localities regarding their own rights of way.

(2) A cable official was able to comment about HB1500 in the April 12 issue of the Chicago Sun-Times. Granted, the major cable companies are have been the focus of CMA-involved efforts in the past, but this letter is nonetheless a good thing.

(3) In Chicago media, there's going to be a report on WYCC Channel 20, to discuss the state video franchise fight, on Friday, April 13, at 6:30pm.

Oh, and there's a lobby day in Springfield on April 18. The Keep Us Connected coalition website has details.

There's likely to be more developments as well. Stay tuned, true believers.

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