Support Senate bill S.2686
It was reported recently that Cox Communications will be increasing its prices for the second time this year and for the third time in two years. Surely Rhode Islanders have had enough increases in the cost of living in recent times, whether it be from increased property taxes or rising gas prices.
Fortunately, there is something our senators can do about this. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill, S.2686 or "The C o m m u n i c a t i o n s , Consumers' Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006," that would streamline the cable television franchising process. The main reason that Cox can consistently increase its prices is because it is the only major provider in the state. While it is true that Verizon is attempting to enter the market, this process, under the current franchising system, could take up to a year. Under the proposed system, the Public Utilities Commission would only have three months to come to terms with a provider.
We need this bill to be passed this year, so that we can promote cable competition, cable choice, and lower prices for cable television service in Rhode Island.