Associated Press

NJ Senate Holds Cable Deregulation Bill

Associated Press — Sunday, March 20, 2011

By Associated Press Writer

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Senate has postponed a vote on a bill to deregulate cable television and telephone services.

Consumer groups have been campaigning against the bill. They say consumers would see rate increases for landline telephone and basic cable services. The state League of Municipalities also opposes the bill.

Verizon New Jersey and the cable industry support it. Proponents say it would encourage competition and investment in telecommunication infrastructure

The Assembly passed the measure last month with support of Republicans and Democrats.

Twenty-three consumer groups, led by New Jersey Citizen Action, signed a letter to all 40 state senators urging them to vote no.

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