Former Rep. Molinari to Co-Chair Lobby for NCTA-Backed Broadband Lobbying Group

Mar 15, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Susan Molinari, a former Republican congresswoman from New York, announced Wednesday that she is co-chairing a new National Cable & Telecommunications Association-backed group that will lobby against House legislation that would allow phone companies to bypass local regulation as they roll out TV services.

Cable TV industry leaders have alleged that a bill being drafted by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, would discriminate against cable while giving the video operations of phone companies a boost-at least during initial rollouts. “We believe all players should play by the same rules,” Ms. Molinari said during a teleconference.

Ms. Molinari, chairman and CEO of lobbying firm The Washington Group, also said the size of NCTA’s financial commitment to the new group, Broadband Everywhere, is under discussion. “We’re going to spend what it takes to win this battle,” she said. The group is co-chaired by Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, president of the Hispanic Federation. Other members, according to the group’s Web site, include the American Cable Association, National Congress of Black Women, Cable One and Buford Media Group.