Bill aims to repeal NJ cable tax; Comcast eyes 25-year franchise deal

Cable news from across the Web:

@FierceCable RT @broadbandtvnews - Canal+ unveils 3D plans. Story | Follow @FierceCable

> Since it's not being used to help seniors and the disabled pay for cable TV, a New Jersey state senator wants to repeal a tax cable subscribers have been paying since 2006. Story.

> Margate, N.J. and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) are eyeing a 25-year franchise agreement. Story.

> Sticking to New Jersey, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and "some cable companies" are pushing legislation that would let local municipalities drop public, education and government (PEG) channels if there is "competition in the marketplace." Story.

> The FCC is expected to consider pole access rules when it meets in April. Story.

> FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will deliver the keynote address when the American Cable Association convenes its 18th annual summit in Washington this April. News release.

> The FTC hired Tim Wu, the man who coined the term "net neutrality," a senior adviser for consumer protection and competition issues that affect the Internet and mobile phones. Story.

> EchoStar Corp.'s (Nasdaq: SATS) patent infringement lawsuit against TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) is a go, a federal court ruled. The suit is separate from one TiVo filed against EchoStar and Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH). Story.

And finally ... had twice as many online TV viewers as the five major broadcast networks (if you count CW as a major broadcaster) combined in 2010 according to research presented by comScore. Story.

Suggested Articles

Cable provider WOW! is launching its WOW! tv+ product in three new markets after last month pulling back on marketing for the new service.

YouTube TV’s price hike gives cable operators breathing room to run the next big TV race, which will be fought and won on the TV UX battleground.

Charter Communications said it will add five “Latino targeted TV networks” to its Spectrum TV lineup.