Michael Burgess

02/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2021 16:26

Burgess: Continues to support expanding consumer choice in connectivity

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), re-introduced the 'Consumer Access to Broadband for Local Economies and Competition' or 'CABLE Competition' Act.

'Before 2020, more than 21 million Americans did not have access to broadband. This pandemic has highlighted the level of importance these services are to keep Americans working, learning, and receiving health care. This legislation will increase competition by getting rid of regulations that are not keeping up with how consumers access cable and Internet services. We cannot wait till the next crisis to address these issues. I hope my fellow members will join me in quickly passing this vital legislation,' said Burgess.

Background:
The CABLE Competition Act:
Prohibits a franchise authority from:

  • Precluding cable operators from transferring a franchise.
  • Requiring cable operators to receive approval from a franchise authority for the transfer of such franchise.

Permits franchise authorities to require a cable operator transferring a franchise to notify the franchise authority within 15 days of the transfer.