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Coalition urges House to put cable legislation on fast track.

A coalition representing local government interests is urging the House to make passage of cable television legislation a major priority this year, and put the bill on a fast track for consideration by the full House.

The coalition of 23 national organizations, including the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National Association of Counties (NACO), and a number of consumer, labor, senior and rural organizations, held a press conference last week.

In a letter to House Speaker Thomas Foley, the coalition stated, "it's time for Congress to stop giving consumers excuses and start giving them meaningful relief from cable abuses."

In addition to urging the House to move swiftly on cable legislation, NATOA President Susan Herman, on behalf of the calition, declared June "Cable Consumer Protection Month" and urged consumers to mail their cable bills to their Representatives to protest high cable rates.

Mayor Charles DeVaney of Augusta, Ga., representing NLC and USCM, delivered a statement at the press conference stating, "As a mayor, I have met far too many unhappy citizens facing one rate increase after another since deregulation of the cable industry . . . and powerless localities who are unable to enforce their franchise agreements."

"Local elected officials believe the proconsumer and pro- competitive provisions contained in this bill will provide the tools needed to protect their citizens against sky-rocketing rates, inadequate consumer service, and monopolistic practices by the cable industry," Devaney said.

NLC, NATOA, and other coalition members support the rate regulation, programming access, and customer service provisison in H.R. 4850, "The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992." They strongly oppose any measure that would weaken the provisions in H.R. 4850.

In conjunction with the press conference, a statement from Don Borut, NLC's Executive Director, called upon NLC members to contact their House Representatives and release press statements from their individual localities designating June as "Cable Consumer Protection Month."

Cities across the country who have joined in this effort include: Boston; Las Vegas; Garfield Heights, Ohio; Newark, N.J.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Arlington Heights, Ill.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Kettering, Ohio; and, Alexandria, Va.

For more information and a sample press release, please call Anna Ferrera in Policy and Federal Relations, at (202) 626-3020 or Renee Winsky at NATOA in the Center for Member Programs, at (202) 626-3160.
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Title Annotation:cable television
Author:Ferrera, Anna Pulido; Winsky, Renee M.
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Jun 15, 1992
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