[Wanting] a statewide cable-TV franchise, Qwest went on the attack Thursday, writing to lawmakers that opponent Arvada Mayor Ken Fellman waived a "build-out" requirement for Comcast in his own town. Fellman, who also serves as attorney of the Greater Metropolitan Telecommunications Consortium, acknowledged Comcast got a break from being required to provide service in west Arvada. But he took exception to the point of Qwest Colorado President Chuck Ward's letter to Colorado lawmakers. "The issue isn't about build-out or no build-out. The issue is about who gets to make the decision - city or state," Fellman said. "I understand Qwest is doing it to try to undermine my credibility, but it really is a smoke screen and ignoring what the key argument is." Qwest wants a state franchising law so it can provide cable-TV services in the areas it chooses, rather than go through the cumbersome process of negotiating municipal franchises. The Denver telco says consumers would benefit from increased competition and lower prices. Fellman believes municipalities should retain jurisdiction. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/tech/article/0,2777,DRMN_23910_5289618,00.html
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