Bipartisan Congressional Interest in Reforming Outdated Video Rules Grows

Senate Commerce Committee Members Address Old Rules during FCC Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON D.C.  March 12, 2013 — A growing number of leaders in Congress have again expressed concerns about the outdated laws governing the video marketplace, including the 1992 Cable Act. During today’s Federal Communications Committee oversight hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, members from both parties asked FCC Commissioners about these antiquated regulations.  Last month, members of the House Communications Subcommittee from both parties questioned the current retransmission consent regime.

There clearly is a critical mass of bipartisan leaders who have concerns about outdated video regulations. The American Television Alliance (ATVA) applauds these leaders and urges action by Congress and the FCC to fix these regulations so they are more in line with the significant changes that have occurred in the video marketplace in the last 21 years.


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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