Texas lawmakers give phone industry a victory in TV fight
An AP newswire article, via The Mercury News (obnoxious, but free, registration required or use bugmenot.com), reports that:
Over the objections of the cable TV industry, Texas lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that will make it easier for phone and other companies to offer cable-like services.
The wide-ranging telecommunications bill would allow phone companies to avoid the thousands of local cable TV licenses that cable companies must acquire.
The Senate approved the bill late Tuesday. The House followed with its vote about 12 hours later, sending the bill to Gov. Rick Perry for his consideration.
Texas is one of several states that have considered the issue, with phone companies and cable companies engaged in a furious battle.