Gov. Matt Blunt on March 23, 2007 signed legislation to provide Missourians greater choice and lower prices for cable services. Senate Bill 284, sponsored by Sen. John Griesheimer, that goes into effect on August 28, 2007, enacts a statewide cable franchise agreement that will promote lower prices and expanded options through increased competition for Missouri cable consumers. The legislation streamlines the process for new cable providers to enter Missouri markets. Under current state law cable companies must work with each individual municipality to provide service in the area. The new bill simplifies the process by allowing companies to work directly with the Missouri Public Service Commission to enter several local markets at one time without going through each individual city.
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