NTCA CEO Applauds Eshoo Bill to Address Retransmission Consent Rules

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (September 10, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo’s (D–Calif.) introduction of the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act.

“I commend Congresswoman Eshoo for introducing this legislative proposal to address many of the problems that exist with our country’s current retransmission consent rules. Small, multichannel video programming distributors, including community-based telecommunications providers, face a multitude of obstacles securing and distributing video content, but the retransmission consent process continues to be particularly troublesome, as broadcasters attempt to manipulate consent rules that are out of step with today’s marketplace. It’s gratifying to see that Congresswoman Eshoo has the courage to take on this important issue in the interest of consumer protection and in the wake of years of intractable retransmission negotiations, accentuated by the recent month-long blackout dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable. My hope is that this bill will serve as a catalyst for more discussion of how we can bring retransmission rules in line with modern-day consumer preferences and ensure that access to video programming continues to serve as a stimulant to broadband adoption.”

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