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Latest Network Blackout Proves Congress Has Work To Do

Brandon Arnold
August 6, 2013

CBS and Time Warner Cable are embroiled in a fight over retransmission fees that has left millions of cable subscribers in major metropolitan areas like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas without access to the popular network. While this may seem like a typical conflict between two large corporations, it is more complicated than one might think. Because the federal government has created a complex system of laws and regulations dictating the rules of the game, the playing field is strewn with obstacles that increase the likelihood that providers of content and service will end up in a stalemate. NTU has weighed in previously on the need for Congress to update and simplify communications laws. Conflicts like this current one likely won’t be made less onerous for the parties involved by overbearing government. Consumers would benefit from a more thoughtful policy approach that respects the private sector’s capacity to build prosperous markets for video content and service and minimizes the role of the federal government.


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Submitted by Doug Lynn at: August 27, 2013
It is time to programming packages. Let consumers decide if CBS is worth what they charge instead of the re-transmission companies. The solution is to reduce the role of the middleman and make it so each provider is selected or not selected by the consumer instead of all these programming packages.