What’s good for the goose and all that . . .
Companies wanting to compete with AT&T to provide home phone service want Georgia lawmakers to streamline the approval process, much like they did for the telecommunications giant’s move into the video business.
Cable TV representatives also are hoping legislators will give them other boosts to compete equally with telecom companies on tax incentives and satellite television providers on tax charges. The Legislature this year approved a statewide franchising application for companies wanting to provide television service.
Before then, cable companies had to enter into contracts with local governments to negotiate fees for burying cable along county- or city-owned right-of-way property.
AT&T pushed for the policy change because it planned on launching television service and didn’t want to go through individual county commissions because of time and expense.