No More Free TV
|After years of lobbying by cable entities, in 2008, the state
legislature passed a law that created statewide cable franchises. It's
called Competitive Cable And Video Service Act.
Historically, cable operators had to negotiate cable franchise agreements with each city or county that they wished to provide video services to. According to legislators and cable company owners, the new law would be good for cable customers. I sure hadn't noticed any improvements except my bill continues to go up.
One of the changes brought by the new law took all control away from local governments. In Loudon County and it's cities, one of the benefits that had been negotiated was free cable service for all government buildings and facilities. City and county government offices, schools and any other locations maintained by local government. Apparently, that has ended. See letter below.
You might think, big deal. So no more free TV for the government. But think about this. Do you really think all of our local government officials are going to give up cable TV in their offices? Not likely and as you can see from the letter above, it will now cost $53.00 per month and I'm sure that will be per office. Who do you think will now have to pay the cable bill for our government officials? You got it. We will. That could add thousands of dollars to the cost of running local government.
But don't forget, according to legislators and cable company owners, the new law would be good for cable customers.