NTCA Welcomes Introduction of the Modern Television Act of 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carolyn Just, 703-351-2015, cjust@ntca.org 

Arlington, Va., (July 26, 2019) –NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association released the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the Modern Television Act of 2019, introduced by Reps. Steve Scalise (R–La.) and Anna Eshoo (D–Calif.) which aims to reform outdated video laws governing the retransmission of broadcast signals.

“NTCA applauds the efforts of Congressman Scalise and Congresswoman Eshoo for their willingness to address the difficult issue of updating video policy by introducing this legislation. We are in an era of evolving video consumption.  Therefore, it is critical that we examine video marketplace failures and consider updating existing laws and regulations, especially in consideration of rural areas where many residents can’t receive broadcast signals. We look forward to engaging in this important discussion with Congress, and ultimately to the passage of legislation that addresses the critical shortcomings in the current rules governing this marketplace.”