California’s cable companies have turned to two termed-out legislative
lions, former Senate leader John Burton and former Appropriations Committee
chairwoman Sen. Dede Alpert, to push their agenda as the Senate considers
legislation that would transform the state’s cable industry.
The additions are only the latest round in a multimillion-dollar lobbying
effort that has included newspaper ads, thousands spent on television spots
and intense one-on-one Capitol lobbying.
Both the telecommunications companies, led by AT&T and Verizon, and the
cable companies, led by the California Cable and Telecommunications
Association, have bulked up their lobbying presence in Sacramento to battle
over the legislation, which was introduced by Assembly Speaker Fabian N