The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste has written a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Charles Grassley asking that retransmission consent reform be included during the markup of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). “These changes to the legislation would reflect the current, competitive marketplace, which includes satellite TV, and are therefore appropriate to be included in any reauthorization of STELA,” wrote the group’s president, Thomas Schatz. He added: “Government rules and regulations should drive businesses into the twenty-first century, not hold them back. In retransmission consent negotiations, consumers lose viewing time and pay increased costs.”
The group is among several other consumer groups and think tanks from both sides of the spectrum calling for retransmission consent reform. You can read the letter here.