The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-S.D.), is preparing to update the expiring law that governs satellite television transmissions. The two lawmakers recently introduced the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA), which would overhaul outdated retransmission consent rules that reduce competition in the pay-TV market and hurt consumers.
U.S. Sens. Rockefeller and Thune have also shown tremendous leadership in putting forth an innovative proposal called “local choice” that would end programming blackouts and give consumers more control over which television stations they want to receive. With the debate over comprehensive communications reform on the horizon, we believe proposals like “local choice” are an important marker as Congress tries to update our nation’s telecommunications laws for the first time since 1996.
CenturyLink looks forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to pass STAVRA in the coming weeks. We support proposals like “local choice” that move our nation closer to ending the archaic retransmission consent regime while promoting pay-TV competition and protecting consumers.
CenturyLink offers its Internet Protocol TV service known as Prism™ TV to approximately 2 million homes in 12 markets and invests hundreds of millions of dollars in deploying high-speed broadband services to support its digital video product.