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CWA Pushes À La Carte

The ship may have already sailed, but the Communications Workers of America sent a letter to Ranking Commerce Committee Member John Dingell (D-Mich.) outlining its wish list for the national video franchising bill being marked up in the committee Wednesday.

They included: build-out and anti-descrimination provisions; strong customer service language; public access channel set asides and fees; contract disclosure; and mandatory


 la carte.

In much of that, CWA was preaching to the choir. Dingell is already a strong supporter of build-out and antidiscrimination language. Chairman Joe Barton, who says he has the votes to pass the bill, is not.

Build-out and anti-red lining amendments were defeated in the markup early Wednesday.