(1) The Illinois General Assembly in 2007 passed the Cable and Video Competition Law of 2007, and includes provisions for identical quality of TV service for public access channels on cable as for commercial channels on cable. Yet AT&T in their new U-Verse TV service has been directly violating the law, by segregating those channels from their previous locations, removing them from standard cable TV lineups, and degrading the sound and video quality of public access channels.
ACTION: Visit ilga.gov, click on the link (near the bottom of the page) for "Legislator Lookup", and contact your local representatives in the Illinois House and Senate, and encourage him or her to ask the Illinois Attorney General to enforce the Cable and Video Competition Law of 2007 against AT&T's violations of Illinois law. (You can also visit keepusconnected.org to learn more and get involved.)
House Resolution 79 House Resolution 4835 introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), would rescind the Federal Communications Commission's December 2007 rule regarding broadcast media ownership. The FCC decision allowed newspaper-broadcast combinations in the nation’s top 20 markets and made it easier to win waivers for newspaper-broadcast combinations in smaller markets.
ACTION: Contact your representative in the U.S. House and ask him or her to co-sponsor House Resolution 79. The phone number for the House switchboard is 202-224-3121.
(3) House Resolution 2802, sponsored by Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA), would increase the availability of Low-Power FM radio in the United States, particularly to cities and urban areas.
ACTION: Contact your representative in the U.S. House and ask him or her to co-sponsor House Resolution 2802. The phone number for the House switchboard is 202-224-3121.
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