Congress Moves to Free Up Internet Video Services

Jul 08, 2005

A new push for streamlining telecom regulation is coming from Congress. Bills were introduced last week in both the House and Senate that may help speed up introduction of Internet video service to consumers across the United States. The bills attempt to standardize the process for phone companies desiring to offer video services over broadband networks. These companies face the hurdle of more than 30,000 local franchise applications nationwide in order to compete against already-franchised cable-TV operators and satellite companies that were exempted from franchise requirements.