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State OKs bill to allow customers to pick and choose cable channels

By Stephen Betts | May 30, 2019

Augusta — The Maine House and Senate have given approval to a bill sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, an independent from Friendship, that would allow customers to select individual cable channels or programs.

The House voted 94-45 Tuesday, May 28, to approve LD 832. The Senate approved the measure Wednesday, after an effort by opponents to kill it failed 21-14.

All Knox County legislators voted for the legislation. Voting for the bill were Democratic Reps. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland, Vicki Doudera of Camden, Anne Matlack of St. George and Genevieve McDonald of Stonington; and independent Reps. Jeffrey, and William Pluecker of Warren.

State Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, had voted to accept a minority report of the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee to defeat the measure.

Evnagelos said the Federal Communications Commission has stated that it cannot find any federal ruling that would prevent municipalities from requiring cable companies to offer an a la carte package.

"I submitted this bill because during my campaign I met many senior citizens on fixed incomes who no longer can afford cable TV," Evangelos said. "Think about it. The generation that fought World War II and grew up with free television has been priced out of the market. The biggest complaint was they can't watch the Boston Red Sox anymore because the cable package that includes NESN costs about 100 bucks per month. Someone earning $800 to $1,200 a month on Social Security is priced out of the market, a true form of discrimination against our elders.This bill, the first of its kind in the nation, will allow a person to select individual channels they want, instead of the package of crap we're all forced to buy in order to get the few channels we want to watch. So the bill is a big win for consumer choice."

The Friendship independent said he would think cable companies would support the bill because they have been losing customers, and this would be a way to retain and attract customers.

Evangelos praised State Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, for his floor speech in support of the bill.

The bill will go to the governor for her signature.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | May 31, 2019 08:18

Well it is refreshing to know our local legislators are busy at work on the most important issues of the day like what  tv shows we can watch.  Now I can watch the Beverly Hillbillies on my cable station.  Of course, I will not be able to afford cable after paying my new higher tax bill.  Each year  school and city budgets spiral upward with NO assistance coming from Augusta through increased school funding and municipal revenue sharing.  Taxpayers are pinched in the middle as costs of everything go up and the amount of change in our pockets go down. I realize you feel our pain, but why not prove it by actually working on legislation that will really make a difference.  What will you be debating this week the design of a new vanity plate ?



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | May 31, 2019 08:14

Well it is refreshing to know our local legislators are busy at work on the most important issues of the day like what  tv shows we can watch.  Now I can watch the Beverly Hillbillies on my cable station.  Of course, I will not be able to afford cable after paying my new higher tax bill.  Each year  school and city budgets spiral upward with NO assistance coming from Augusta through increased school funding and municipal revenue sharing.  Taxpayers are pinched in the middle as costs of everything go up and the amount of change in our pockets go down. I realize you feel our pain, but why not prove it by actually working on legislation that will really make a difference.  What will you be debating this week the design of a new vanity plate ?



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