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Senate Bill 107

Relating To: regulation of cable television and video service providers.
Bill Text and History
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Lobbying Principals

Principal Name Notified Date Communication Date Comments Supporting Documentation  
AFSCME Council 11 Notified Date 5/18/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
5/18/2007

Ameritech (Wis Bell Inc) Notified Date 3/30/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/30/2007

CenturyTel Service Group LLC Notified Date 4/10/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
4/10/2007

Citizens Utility Board Notified Date 3/23/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/23/2007

City of Madison Notified Date 3/27/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/27/2007

City of Milwaukee Notified Date 3/26/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/26/2007

Comments
Oppose unless significantly amended.
Comcast Notified Date 3/27/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
3/27/2007

Dane County Cities & Villages Association Notified Date 4/30/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
4/30/2007

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry Notified Date 3/28/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/28/2007

Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Notified Date 1/28/2008 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/28/2008

Comments
This corrects a previous entry made in error.
Independent Business Assn of Wisconsin Notified Date 8/1/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
2/14/2008

For
Report Date
8/1/2007

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Wis State Conference Notified Date 3/23/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
5/4/2007

Other
Report Date
3/23/2007

League of Wisconsin Municipalities Notified Date 3/26/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/26/2007

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Inc Notified Date 3/27/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/27/2007

Local Union 2150 IBEW Notified Date 4/7/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
4/18/2007

Other
Report Date
4/7/2007

Madison Metropolitan School District Notified Date 3/27/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/27/2007

Comments
The bill needs to be amended to protect Public, Education and Government (PEG) access. With select amendments, the district could support the proposal.
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Notified Date 3/23/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/23/2007

Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin Notified Date 4/10/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
4/16/2007

None
Report Date
4/10/2007

School District of Janesville Notified Date 5/8/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
5/8/2007

Comments
Concerned for GUARANTEED public access provision. Need for amendment to protect public access.
Sprint Communications Company LP Notified Date 3/29/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
3/29/2007

Comments
Sprint has no position on the bill and is simply monitoring.
TDS Telecom Inc Notified Date 3/22/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
3/22/2007

Time Warner Cable Notified Date 4/24/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
4/24/2007

Time Warner Telecom Notified Date 3/23/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
3/23/2007

Verizon Communications Notified Date 3/22/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
3/22/2007

Wisconsin Alliance of Cities Inc Notified Date 3/22/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/22/2007

Comments
see AB 207
Wisconsin Association of Public, Educational and Government Access Channels, Inc. Notified Date 3/29/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
6/8/2007

Comments
ALL cities need a 3-year sunset on PEG funding & in-kind support; then a 1% PEG fee. Grandfather 5 stations above 1%. PEG should be carried at broadcast quality. AT&T will degrade signal to website quality; AT&T should pay for conversion equipment.
Supporting Documentation
20070608_082325_WAPC Position Paper 5-10-07.pdf

www.saveaccesswisconsin.org
Against
Report Date
3/29/2007

Comments
Bill abolishes Public, Education, and Government access channels: no dedicated PEG support, 20% lower franchise fees; costly transmission expense shifted to PEG, impossible content standards. See League of Wisconsin Municipalities amendments.
Wisconsin Association of School Boards Inc Notified Date 3/29/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
3/29/2007

Comments
Oppose provisions that would effectively limit schools' access.
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Notified Date 3/29/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/29/2007

Comments
With Amendment for Must-Carry/Retransmission Consent and Non-Degradation of Signal
Wisconsin Cable Communications Association Notified Date 3/22/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
3/22/2007

Wisconsin Citizen Action Notified Date 3/29/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
10/30/2007

Comments
Support video competition, but support amending this version to create a guaranteed funding for PEG. Also support amendments to better protect consumer and worker rights as have been suggested by Communications Workers of America Local 4603.
For
Report Date
4/24/2007

Comments
Support video competition, but also support amending this bill to create a guaranteed funding stream for PEG channels.
None
Report Date
3/29/2007

Wisconsin Customers for Affordable Local and Long Distance Service Notified Date 3/23/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
3/23/2007

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Notified Date 7/10/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
7/10/2007

Comments
We object to: * Secret way the bill was developed * Fraudulent representation of public support * Limiting local control and undermining support for community access channels which works against an informed citizenry and a functioning democracy.
Wisconsin Economic Development Association Notified Date 4/13/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
4/13/2007

Wisconsin Education Association Council Notified Date 3/26/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
3/26/2007

Wisconsin Farmers Union Notified Date 10/30/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
10/30/2007

Comments
The Wisconsin Farmers Union is opposed to SB 107 based upon local municipalities' right to govern and citizens' right to know.
Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives Notified Date 4/9/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
4/9/2007

Wisconsin Independent Businesses Inc Notified Date 3/26/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
3/26/2007

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Notified Date 3/27/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/27/2007

Wisconsin Merchants Federation Notified Date 3/29/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
4/9/2007

Other
Report Date
3/29/2007

Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) Notified Date 7/31/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
7/31/2007

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Notified Date 4/4/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
11/6/2007

Comments
As of November 6, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has a neutral position on this bill.
For
Report Date
4/24/2007

Comments
We understand that this legislation will include provisions to protect public access and provide revenue for municipalities.
None
Report Date
4/4/2007

Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association Notified Date 3/22/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/22/2007

Wisconsin Towns Association Notified Date 4/16/2007 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
4/16/2007

Comments
We need to amend to guarantee municipal authority over rights-of way and street opening fees. In addition, we need build-out throughout entire municipality.

Lobbying Efforts

  2007
January - June
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total
Total Hours Of Effort On This Matter 2007
January - June
1410.00
2007
July - December
1009.00
2008
January - June
262.00
2008
July - December
99.00
Total 2780.00
Ameritech (Wis Bell Inc) 2007
January - June
387.00
2007
July - December
372.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 759.00
CenturyTel Service Group LLC 2007
January - June
25.00
2007
July - December
20.00
2008
January - June
4.00
2008
July - December
2.00
Total 51.00
Citizens Utility Board 2007
January - June
8.00
2007
July - December
13.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 21.00
City of Madison 2007
January - June
15.00
2007
July - December
7.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 22.00
Comcast 2007
January - June
11.00
2007
July - December
9.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 20.00
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry 2007
January - June
4.00
2007
July - December
6.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 10.00
League of Wisconsin Municipalities 2007
January - June
110.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 110.00
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Inc 2007
January - June
3.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 3.00
Local Union 2150 IBEW 2007
January - June
2007
July - December
13.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 13.00
Madison Metropolitan School District 2007
January - June
23.00
2007
July - December
40.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 63.00
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce 2007
January - June
34.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 34.00
School District of Janesville 2007
January - June
2007
July - December
27.00
2008
January - June
9.00
2008
July - December
Total 36.00
TDS Telecom Inc 2007
January - June
43.00
2007
July - December
50.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 93.00
Time Warner Cable 2007
January - June
127.00
2007
July - December
83.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
13.00
Total 223.00
Time Warner Telecom 2007
January - June
5.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 5.00
Verizon Communications 2007
January - June
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
11.00
2008
July - December
Total 11.00
Wisconsin Association of Public, Educational and Government Access Channels, Inc. 2007
January - June
319.00
2007
July - December
138.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 457.00
Wisconsin Association of School Boards Inc 2007
January - June
61.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 61.00
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 2007
January - June
2007
July - December
25.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 25.00
Wisconsin Cable Communications Association 2007
January - June
142.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 142.00
Wisconsin Citizen Action 2007
January - June
2007
July - December
193.00
2008
January - June
236.00
2008
July - December
Total 429.00
Wisconsin Customers for Affordable Local and Long Distance Service 2007
January - June
26.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 26.00
Wisconsin Farmers Union 2007
January - June
2007
July - December
2.00
2008
January - June
2.00
2008
July - December
Total 4.00
Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) 2007
January - June
8.00
2007
July - December
11.00
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 19.00
Wisconsin State AFL-CIO 2007
January - June
34.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
Total 34.00
Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association 2007
January - June
25.00
2007
July - December
2008
January - June
2008
July - December
84.00
Total 109.00