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RE: HR 1542 [OT, anti-BS attempt, US]
From: Miles Fidelman <mfidelman () civicnet org>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 18:13:32 -0400 (EDT)


On Mon, 7 May 2001, M. David Leonard wrote:

      Maybe you feel comfortable with the extent of regulation you see 
(or think you see) in Florida but after a few years on the cable 
advisory board in Greenfield, Massachusetts, I can tell you that there is 
no effective regulation here.  I seriously doubt that there is meaningful 
cable regulation anywhere but I am willing to be corrected.  At least in 
Massachusetts, cable advisory boards are a sick joke.

I'll second that. I serve on the Newton, MA cable board and consult to a
number of cities around the country.

In MA, the state Dept. of Telecom. and Energy tends to preempt local
boards whenever they try to regulate. It's not too much better anywhere
else.

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