NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers are proposing a bill that would allow a third party to settle rate disputes between cable companies and utility pole owners.
The Republican-backed legislation is being proposed at the same time as a competing GOP measure that seeks to nearly double the rates for broadband companies to attach to utility poles.
Currently, those providers pay an average of $17 per pole a year. The proposal would push the rate to $33 per pole annually.
Andy Macke is vice president of government and community affairs for cable television giant Comcast.
He says the third party legislation is necessary because "right now there are no rules of the road."
Sponsors of the measure say the rate increase would lead to not only higher costs for consumers, but a delay in rural broadband expansion.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.