TELEVISION: Not a Pretty Picture

TELEVISION: Not a Pretty Picture

Cable-TV operators know all about static, but this was something else again. More than 600 local government officials sent a letter to every member of Congress denouncing the cable industry's "monopoly market power" and urging support for legislation that would reform the 1984 law partly deregulating cable TV.

Timed to coincide with this week's Senate Commerce Committee hearings on proposals to extend government control over the cable industry, the letter bitterly criticized signal quality, response to service requests and "dramatic" rate increases. "Under the current statutory framework, we lack the authority to address many of these complaints," said the signers, led...

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