Yesterday's passage of the Communications, Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006 opens the door for much needed competition in the video market, which will spur advances in technology, diverse programming and ownership opportunities, as well as provide critical relief of steep cable costs for consumers. I was clear about serving the interests of my constituents, and passage of this bipartisan bill proves that the rest of the nation deserves the same high priority treatment.

Competition has always served as the catalyst for innovation, but it has also served as the driver of building enhanced services and multi-layered opportunities for underserved groups and populations. The Cope Act represents a huge step in providing equal access and equal opportunities in an industry that advances our thoughts, emotions and actions.