Legislature won’t vote on cable theft this year
By KATHY CARLSON
Staff Writer, The Tennessean
A bill pitting telecommunications and entertainment companies against some of their customers won’t come up for a vote in the General Assembly this year, its sponsors said yesterday.
Backers said the bill was needed to update state law on the theft of cable and other telecommunications services.
Opponents – many of them computer professionals and enthusiasts who mobilized via the Internet – said no new law was needed and the measure as originally written threatened privacy and civil liberties.