California’s powerful telephone and cable companies, bitter rivals who have
been at loggerheads for months, came together Tuesday for the first time to
jointly support a revised proposal to carve up the state’s
multibillion-dollar broadband-Internet and video-services market.
In a surprise move, the lead lobbyist for the cable industry, Dennis
Mangers, testified in the Senate Utilities Committee in support of the
measure, which is authored by Assembly Speaker Fabian N