IPTV Rules

2:50 PM -- I'm confused. A few IPTV providers have made the point that their service isn't subject to Texas state-issued franchise rules. (See Even Video Is Big in Texas.) But Senate Bill 5 spells out that any video service served over any technology requires a franchise:

"Video service" means video programming services provided through wireline facilities located at least in part in the public right-of-way without regard to delivery technology, including Internet protocol technology. This definition does not include any video service provided by a commercial mobile service provider as defined in 47 U.S.C. Section 332(d).

Was that bit eliminated from the bill Gov. Perry signed?

— Phil Harvey, Legal Stuff Editor, Light Reading

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