Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill Sept. 7 in a special legislative session that lifts local franchise obligations for phone companies looking to offer video services.


(The Hollywood Reporter) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill Sept. 7 in a special legislative session that lifts local franchise obligations for phone companies looking to offer video services.

Now such telco companies as Verizon Communications and SBC Communications can enter the market by making a single statewide deal. Cable operators in the state, including Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, argued that the telcos didn't require legislation helping them bypass the franchise laws.


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