When companies compete for customers, customers win: Competition invariably leads to lower prices, better service and more choices. The U.S. House of Representatives recognized this in approving HR 5252, the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act.
For years, a patchwork quilt of local franchising rules has quashed competition in cable television. By approving HR 5252, the House took a huge step toward eliminating this 1960s-era barrier to competition. Now it's time for the Senate to do the same thing.