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RENAISSANCE MEDIA GROUP LLC filed this Form S-4 on 06/12/1998
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to increase. To date, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee have not enacted
such state level regulation. However, a bill which was pending in the 1997
term of the Louisiana legislature and which provided for the certification and
regulation of cable television systems by the PUC was not re-introduced in the
1998 term. The bill, if adopted, would have (i) allowed the PUC to void, order
new rates or reduce rates found to be discriminatory or necessary to reflect
adequate service; (ii) required that all cable television systems commencing
or expanding service be franchised conditioned upon confirmation by the PUC;
and (iii) provided the PUC with the authority to order construction,
operation, or an extension of cable service on such terms and conditions as it
deems reasonable where cable service has been unreasonably delayed or
withheld. However, this bill could be re-introduced for the 1999 legislative
session, which begins on the last Monday of March 1999. During its 1997-1998
session, the Tennessee legislature considered a bill which would authorize
municipalities operating electric utility plants and electric cooperatives
authorization to provide cable television and other services. A second bill
which was also considered would authorize six pilot municipal electric systems
to provide cable television and other services. Though the authorization will
terminate on June 30, 2001, any system actually providing such services to
customers as a pilot system prior to that date will be permitted to continue
doing so indefinitely. Neither of these bills has been enacted by the
Tennessee legislature. A bill which was pending in the Mississippi legislature
and which would have prohibited landlords and condominium boards from
preventing any tenant of a dwelling unit or condominium owner from procuring
cable television service from a cable television system operating pursuant to
a written franchise agreement with a municipality or county lapsed in the
senate Public Utilities Committee on March 3, 1998. The Company cannot predict
whether any of the states in which it currently operates will engage in such
regulation in the future. State and local franchising jurisdiction is not
unlimited, however, and must be exercised consistently with federal law. The
1992 Cable Act immunizes franchising authorities from monetary damage awards
arising from regulation of cable systems or decisions made on franchise
grants, renewals, transfers and amendments.
 
  The foregoing does not purport to describe all present and proposed federal,
state, and local regulations and legislation affecting the cable industry.
Other existing federal regulations, copyright licensing, and, in many
jurisdictions, state and local franchise requirements, are currently the
subject of judicial proceedings, legislative hearings and administrative and
legislative proposals which could change, in varying degrees, the manner in
which cable systems operate. Neither the outcome of these proceedings nor the
impact on the cable communications industry or the Company can be predicted at
this time.
 
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