Legislatorsin both Tennessee and Louisiana have heavily promoted statewide videofranchising legislation this session. Just this past week the Tennessee House approved HB 1421, the "Competitive Cable and Video Services Act," while Louisiana legislators have introduced multiple statewide franchising bills, with SB 807 having the most momentum. The common thread between each Louisiana bill is that they are all bad for consumers.
The future is very uncertain for public, education and government (PEG) channels.Theselocal channels have traditionally been carried by cable companies as apublic service to highlight local community and public voices. Historically, PEG channels have been receivable on both analogand digital service, ensuring that PEG stations were accessible by anyindividual with a television, regardless of income level or cablepackage. Now that the Digital TV transition is just around the corner, the question is what happens to these channels.