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Assembly Bill 3829 (Moore-1988)

Chapter 1313 Statutes of 1988

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The Enrolled Bill Report prepared by the Office of Local Government Affairs summarized Assembly Bill 3829 as follows:

Would require a cable television franchising authority to assure that service is not denied on the basis of income of the residents of the area.
(See Exhibit #18, document PE-3)

The Senate Committee on Business and Professions provided the following background on Assembly Bill 3829 as follows:

In the 1984 Cable Communications Policy Act, Congress enacted specific provisions to prohibit "redlining" in the cable industry. Redlining occurs when lower income residents are denied access to cable television service for reasons other than factors which generally make it uneconomical to provide service in that area, such as high density or rough terrain. Evidence of redlining has been found in Los Angeles. For example, the cable industry has operated for a number of years there but has avoided areas such as South Central Los Angeles, until very recently.

In Sacramento, the Oak Park area was similarly treated.
(See Exhibit #10a, page 1)

The Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce stated the following purpose in their analysis of the bill:

The purpose of this bill is to give the franchising body authority to enforce the policy embodied in the Cable Act. The city, county or city and county may not exercise that authority, however, until it has been clearly established that redlining has occurred.
(See Exhibit #3, page 2)

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