They are using their very impressive lobbying capabilities at all levels of government to get this done. You're going to dismantle 30 years of local government negotiation and contracting with video providers.

They want special treatment. It's a really bold, heavy-handed effort to provide them with competitive advantages.

This (House bill) would allow them (phone companies) to simply cherry pick the high-end neighborhoods?and doesn't provide the benefits to competition to anyone else and only drives cable companies out of the market.

They want to build their cable services where they want to and on what schedule they want to, and not in areas where they don't want to, such as areas that are deemed undesirable economically.

We hope it increases public awareness of what the telephone companies are trying to achieve.