Kushnick has many complaints, but he’s especially unhappy about the “national franchise” provision present in the Senate and House bills. Kushnick believes that such agreements will reduce the “build-out” requirements that most cities impose on cable and telecoms service. Without such rules, companies would have less incentive to run lines into high-cost areas, or poorer parts of town that might not see such a good return on investment. To the carriers, local franchise agreements are a sinkhole of time and money, and they would rather see a national standard in place.
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