The cable-franchising processes may have made sense 20 years ago in a monopoly environment, but applying those processes to new entrants is merely protecting consumers from lower prices.
At that rate, it would take 65 years to obtain all of the franchise we need in order to complete the initial build portion of their IPTV rollout. It is time to remove those barriers to investment and competition.
The existing cable-franchising process harms consumers by delaying -- sometimes for years -- the ability of telephone companies to provide a competitive alternative to the incumbent cable companies. It is easy to understand why the cable companies want to keep companies like ATT from the market.