Bipartisan Support for Immediate Action to Fix Broken System
WASHINGTON D.C. DECEMBER 12, 2013 — The American Television Alliance (ATVA) commends the leadership of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) for introducing legislative solutions to the problems created by our outdated retransmission consent system. Today, both Representatives introduced bills that would reform the current video market and protect consumers. While the bills reflect different approaches to reform, they show the ever-growing bipartisan support for immediate action to fix retransmission consent.
Blackouts have increased 38% over 2012 and consumers around the country were hit with 12 more blackouts just this past weekend. There have been 126 blackouts to date and the year is not over yet. We encourage Congress to consider both pieces of legislation and take action soon to prevent further harm to consumers.