Friday, January 18, 2008

Tennessee governor says broadband build out his priority as lawmakers mull statewide IPTV franchise bill

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen wisely understands that broadband build out is the single most important issue in AT&T's push in the current legislative session for legislation allowing it to bypass local governments in its quest to sell Internet Protocol-based TV over broadband connections.

According to this Associated Press report, Bredesen hopes to influence the legislative debate this year after similar legislation bogged down in the 2007 legislative session.

"The issue for me is not coming down on the side of cable or AT&T - it's just an issue of that I don't think we have adequate broadband coverage in Tennessee," the AP quoted Bredeson as saying.

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