Twenty-six communities, business organizations and a county freeholder board are calling on Gov. Richard Codey and state legislators to end the cable industry’s stranglehold on the video marketplace.
The resolutions were issued over the past month, with Howell Township this week becoming the most recent community to support updating New Jersey’s 30-year-old laws to permit state-issued franchises. Under current law, a competitor to the monopoly cable-TV provider must obtain franchises community-by-community, a time-consuming process that inhibits competition.
"Legislators, local officials and New Jersey residents are saying loud and clear: They want competition and choice in the video market, and they want it now," said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey. "New Jerseyans are tired of cable’s price hikes, which have become as seasonal as football and trick-or-treat. Cable rates have increased an average of 38 percent over the past five years."