Two video retransmission consent bills were introduced today by U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee members Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Steve Scalise (R-La.).
“CenturyLink supports the efforts of Congresswomen Eshoo and [Zoe] Lofgren, and Congressmen Scalise and [Cory] Gardner to reform the 1992 Cable Act and to make sure consumers aren’t caught in the middle of video retransmission consent disputes,” saidCenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) Executive Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations Steve Davis.
“The Video CHOICE Act, introduced by Congresswomen Eshoo and Lofgren, would empower the FCC to protect television consumers from unfair blackouts, examine broadcasters’ blocking of online video content and address industry tying arrangements that limit consumer choice.
“The Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, introduced by Congressmen Scalise and Gardner, would eliminate outdated rules that have become a barrier to competition in today’s modern video marketplace.
“We look forward to working with Congress to reform outdated retransmission consent rules that inhibit competition in the pay TV market and negatively impact consumers when it comes to viewing and programming alternatives,” Davis said.
Over the past five years, CenturyLink has begun offering its Prism™ TV service to more than 1.5 million homes and has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in deploying high-speed broadband services to support its digital video product.