FCC Kills Off The Last Cable Price Rules

The FCC drove the final stake Wednesday into the last vestige of cable price regulation: rules that allowed municipalities to limit the price of barebones “basic cable” and equipment rentals unless a cable company applied for a declaration that it was subject to “effective competition” in that locality. On a 5-0 vote, the FCC gave the cable industry what it wanted: The whole country will now be considered subject to “effective competition” by default, unless a local franchise authority steps forward to argue otherwise.