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Why don't cities have more control over local cable companies?
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Congress passed legislation in 1996 that severely diminished the ability of local governments to effectively ensure the quality and level of local cable TV service. Their rationale was that strict regulation was no longer necessary because competition in the marketplace would force cable companies to provide customers with quality service and competitive pricing. Unfortunately, there was not - and still isn't - any meaningful competition at the local level. Satellite companies are attracting a growing number of subscribers but there hasn't been any significant impact on cable company rates and services levels.
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