Policy Documents

No. 112 The Consumer Benefits of Video Franchise Reform in Illinois (summary)

John Skorburg, James Speta, and Steven Titch –
April 4, 2007

Illinois has the opportunity to join a growing number of states that have streamlined the process of competitive entry into cable TV markets by giving the state the authority to grant a video franchise to a new entrant seeking to launch service anywhere in the state.

Phone companies are upgrading their networks with fiber-optics to offer television and other video services using Internet protocol technology, called IPTV. Requiring phone companies to engage in negotiations with some 10,000 cities and counties nationwide to secure video franchises, especially when phone companies already have franchises to deliver telephony and Internet services over the very same wires, would discourage and delay the roll-out of new services.