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Armey Praises Senators' Competition Commitment

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Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, now co-chairman of conservate group Freedomworks (lower taxes, smaller government), Wednesday praised six Senate Commerce Commitee members for their support of video franchise regulation reform.

The John-heavy list comprised Senators John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.)

In advance of a Wednesday hearing on video franchising, the six signed a statement of principles supporting competition and some revision of current franchising regs, saying: “Federal, state, and local policies regulating the offering of video services were developed in a different period.  Laws, rules, and regulations that were once desirable now serve as barriers to competitive entry and disincentives to network investment,” according to Armey.

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