Wisconsin Cable Service

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A measure supported by AT&T but opposed by communities is expected to pass the state Senate today.

The proposal will do away with local franchise agreements for cable companies that started in the 1970s. Instead, statewide licenses will be issued.

The move is designed to help AT&T enter the state's cable market.

Supporters say that will increase competition and drive down cable rates.

Opponents say large parts of the state still will not see any competition and cable rates will continue to climb.

Governor Jim Doyle supports many parts of the bill but has not said whether he will sign it.

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