WASHINGTON, DC– The American Television Alliance (ATVA) today applauded the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing to review the media marketplace. ATVA spokesman Trent Duffy released the following statement ahead of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing examining the “State of the Media Marketplace.”

“ATVA thanks Chairman Blackburn and Ranking Member Doyle for holding this important hearing to examine the state of the media marketplace.  Video content is the heart of the media marketplace and it is a market that needs to be examined.

“We are grateful to Majority Whip Steve Scalise for his leadership to restart this conversation on reforming the antiquated laws that govern the video marketplace with his introduction of the “Next Generation Television Marketplace Act” of 2018.

“We live in an instant, on-demand digital world.  Consumers have unparalleled choice and competition for video content. Yet the laws that govern the video marketplace were first written in 1934 and last updated in 1992 – long before cell phones, HDTV or the Internet was even contemplated.  It is long past time for Congress to take a serious look at modernizing laws and promoting choice and competition in the media marketplace.

“We expect this hearing to advance the debate, and we look forward to engaging with Members of the Subcommittee on both sides of the aisle with fresh and creative ideas to benefit consumers and competition.”

 

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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 TV 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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