Model legislation for franchise reform would contain the following elements:

  • Elimination of barriers to competition, such as a franchise bureaucracy, in order to provide consumers greater choice of video technology and service provider.

  • Elimination of build-out requirements and other service mandates that dissuade investment in video services and job creation.

  • Elimination of rate regulation and franchise fees that artificially inflate consumers’ costs.

  • Elimination of performance standards which tend to neutralize the competitive discipline imposed by market forces.

  • Ensure that no segment of the market enjoys a regulatory advantage.