Relevant pull quotes:
"Cox Communications Inc. will violate its franchise agreement with Bossier City by no longer airing KTAL-TV Channel 6, according to a letter the city is sending cable provider Cox Communications today."This is the sort of story that underlines the importance of local franchise rights in the current telecom market. Without this document to guard the interest of local viewers, the decision would be strictly an economic one settled as a battle between two large companies interested solely in their own bottom lines nationwide, with the interest of mere local citizens barely registering on the radar screens of the corporations.
"City Attorney Jimmy Hall said Bossier City is acting to protect its interests and ensure Cox adheres to the franchise agreement. The U.S. District Court here has ruled that such agreements, rather than FCC rules, determine a broadcast entity's obligations, he said."
The Lafayette side note is obvious: LUS will be carrying local stations. Once the network is built, it will be much less likely that Lafayette citizens will be caught as innocent bystanders in a gun battle between large corporations. Cox would be foolish to consider dropping local stations in the face of real, local, competition. And if they were to prove so foolish, the citizens would have a real choice: LUS.