Today Barry M. Aarons of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) -- an independent, public policy organization based out of Dallas -- submitted written testimony to the Texas House Regulated Industries Committee. Mr. Aarons, an IPI senior research expert and telecom expert, was originally invited to testify on local franchising and licensing requirements for new, competitive technologies, including IPTV and Satellite.
"To force multiple licensing and franchising throughout hundreds of burgs and hamlets is a mid twentieth century solution to a 21st century application," says Mr. Aarons.
"The local franchise and licensing system in telephone and cable television, two distinct and different forms of service, was a workable system. But it was based on a uni-modal technological structure that no longer exists and no longer applies."