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Martin Says FCC May Ease Telcos’ Video Rollout

Oct 26, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Wednesday that the agency plans to consider new regulations in November that could make it easier for telephone companies to roll out video services.

“I believe that new video entrants, regardless of the technology employed, should be encouraged, not impeded from entry,” Mr. Martin said in a speech delivered by satellite to the U.S. Telecom Association’s convention in Las Vegas.

Mr. Martin did not say specifically what sort of regulatory changes he has in mind. But he said telecommunications law already prohibits local authorities from “unreasonably refusing” to award second cable TV franchises in their communities.

In addition, he said he had asked his agency colleagues to review “how the franchising process is working and what actions, if any, the commission should take to fulfill Congress’s directive that franchising authorities not grant exclusive franchises or unreasonably refuse to award additional competitive franchises.”