Cable Debate Rages On

Posted Tuesday --- January 22, 2008 --- 1:40pm

Dispute over NFL, Big Ten networks continues in Legislature

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The dispute with cable companies and the NFL Network continues in Wisconsin even as the football season is winding down.

A bill heard Tuesday by an Assembly Committee would require cable companies and the NFL Network to go to arbitration to reach a deal.

The NFL Network and the Big Ten Network have reached agreements with many carriers, but not Time Warner and Charter Communications.

Green Bay Packers vice president Jason Wied says the Packers depend on wide television coverage to reach out to fans and attract new ones. The Packers support the bill.

The cable companies oppose it and says arbitration would not be allowed under federal law and would lead to higher cable bills.

The Senate version of the proposal remains in committee.

AP


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