Lost in the midst of security votes in the Senate is another issue important to American consumers: video choice.
According to Capitol Hill sources, the Senate does not intend to bring Senator Ted Stevens' video-choice bill to the floor any time soon, perhaps not at all before the legislative year expires. The bill would streamline telecom and other companies abilities to offer consumers an alternative to cable TV, which in many places across the country has a monopoly hold on local TV franchises.
Now comes word of a bipartisan poll that shows that the vast majority (82%) of likely voters favor choice in cable TV because it would likely result in lower prices, better customer service (81%), delivery of new technologies and enhanced services to customers (78%).
The video choice bill is a winner for Republicans, if only because it represents a "hidden tax" cut for consumers, about $100 to $200 less annually in lower cable TV bills per household, according to a study by Banc of America.