Telecommunications legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now being debated in the Senate has important implications for schools and consumers. One of the many issues at stake is the amount of funding that will be available to local communities for public educational and governmental (PEG) television programming. If the legislation works as planned, it could increase competition for delivering cable TV and other video and broadband services to local markets, thereby driving down prices for consumers. But critics of the legislation fear it does too little to ensure these services will be extended equally to customers in...

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