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

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> 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 ... Hulu.com 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.

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