For Immediate Release

Contact:  Brian Frederick, 202.973.2965 or 202.255.9443

brian.frederick@porternovelli.com

Following the release of the bipartisan “local choice” proposal today by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the American Television Alliance released the following statement:

“We applaud Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune for their efforts to fix the broken and outdated retransmission consent regime. Based on initial reports, their innovative concept of local choice is a solid bipartisan compromise and a real win for consumers. It would provide consumers with great choice and transparency and would end retrans blackouts once and for all. We look forward to learning more details and working with them to protect consumers from blackouts and skyrocketing retransmission consent fees.”

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