NTCA Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Aereo Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org

Arlington, Va., (June 25, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against Aereo:

“The Aereo decision unfortunately leaves broadcasters immune from market pressure and free to demand exorbitant prices for the retransmission of broadcast content. This decision underscores the need for swift and deliberate reformation of the retransmission consent process to create an equilibrium in which broadcasters and video providers have equal power to negotiate fair content prices for the benefit of all video consumers.”

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