Cable Act renewed by state legislature
On May 29 and May 31, 2015, the Illinois House and Senate approved a two-year extension of the Illinois Cable and Video Competition Act of 2007 (the “Cable Act”). The governor is expected to sign the bill into law this summer.
There was little discussion and only minor amendments to the Cable Act during the legislative session due to the big budget issues looming in Springfield. Most importantly, there has been no resolution to AT&T’s unacceptable treatment of the public’s channels on its U-verse system. The 2017 sunset is an opportunity to get the Cable Act up-to-date with much needed technological changes that benefit the public’s channels.