ATVA Applauds Chairman Wheeler for Seeking Action to Remove Outdated Video Laws

“We are pleased to be part of the majority of taxpayer, consumer interest, and market fairness groups who support updating old laws that are harming consumers,” said Duffy

Washington, D.C. – The American Television Alliance today applauded Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s efforts to eliminate broadcast exclusivity rules and for his commitment to modernizing outdated video laws that impact consumers.

“ATVA applauds Chairman Tom Wheeler for seeking action to remove the outdated rules regarding syndicated exclusivity and network non-duplication,” said Trent Duffy, National Spokesman for the American Television Alliance. “These decades old rules are vestiges of a bygone era and serve no meaningful purpose in today’s television marketplace. Under Chairman Wheeler’s leadership, the Commission has taken several positive steps toward  modernizing the regulations that impact video consumers. While we look forward to working with Congressional leadership on legislation that will further benefit consumers and eliminate outdated video regulations, we appreciate the efforts of Chairman Wheeler and his colleagues to begin incremental reforms today.”

The American Television Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of consumer and business groups and companies (http://www.americantelevisionalliance.org/partners/) as well as a growing number of the following free market, taxpayer, and consumer advocate groups in support of reforming these video laws to protect TV viewers:

  • Center for Individual Freedom
  • Citizen’s Against Government Waste
  • Public Knowledge
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance

“We are pleased to be part of the majority of taxpayer, consumer interest, and market fairness groups who support updating old laws that are harming consumers,” said Duffy.  “This is more evidence of the strong support Chairman Wheeler has in his efforts to protect consumers by bringing regulations governing the video marketplace into the 21st Century.”

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The American Television Alliance (ATVA) brings together an unprecedented coalition of consumer groups, cable, satellite, telephone companies, and independent programmers to raise awareness about the risk viewers face as broadcasters increasingly threaten service disruptions that would deny viewers access to the programs they and their families enjoy.

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