Tuesday, May 09, 2006

How to Defeat the State Franchise Bill

If you want to know how to defeat the BellSouth/AT&T you need look no further than Florida. A bill which breezed through the Florida house with little opposition wasn't able to get reported out of committee in the Senate. The bill's "author"
...attributed the failure of the bill to grassroots lobbying by the cable industry, with local system managers visiting senators, known to be undecided, when they returned to their districts; all-out opposition from local and county officials and groups like the state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and cable’s anti-bill advertising.
BellSouth can be beat. A coalition of cable, vocal opposition from local officials, and opposition from the state's black and rural caucuses should do it.

Building that coalition and holding it together will be the trick. Interested?

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