AT&T cable is coming soon to Missouri, according to an article in today's Springfield News-Leader. AT&T is entering the market now because individual cities can no longer negotiate cable franchises, thanks to legislation Gov. Blunt signed in March. That bill made it so cable companies only have to apply through the state's Public Service Commission.
Legislation like this, which removes regulations that limited choices for cable subscribers and competitors of existing cable franchises, opens the door to fair competition and better array of services that people can choose from. As we have discussed here at the Show-Me Institute, unleashing the Missouri cable industry will bring many great benefits.