The legislature is not scheduled to be back in session until next month, at which time it will consider whether to grant AT&T statewide video franchises instead of making the company earn each franchises on a city-by-city basis.
Cable representatives were able to fend off a statewide franchising proposal that was backed by AT&T earlier this year.
The current dustup between AT&T and the Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association revolves around statements made recently by AT&T’s Gregg Morton, who has made speeches where he said the incumbent providers were impeding advertising by AT&T and its supporting groups.
Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association president Stacey Briggs denied AT&T’s claims via a letter that was sent to the media and Morton.
Lobbying expenses incurred by AT&T and the cable television industry reached the $11 million plateau this year, according to reports filed with the Tennessee Ethics Commission by major participants.