The Future of TV Coalition In Case You Missed It: 60 Members of Congress sign bipartisan letter opposing FCC mandate

In Case You Missed It: 60 Members of Congress sign bipartisan letter opposing FCC mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 5, 2016

bipartisan letter led by Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Bob Latta (R-OH), and Collin Peterson (D-MN) and signed by 60 Members of Congress was sent today to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opposing the proposed FCC set-top box mandate.  The letter focused specifically on the crippling costs the mandate will impose on smaller communities and their access to quality television, and the threat to innovation in a market that is already thriving with extensive innovation and choice.  The letter argues that the proposed mandate “will jeopardize the incredible evolution of video distribution services” and notes that “it is unclear what purpose the new rules would serve in this era of unprecedented consumer choice.”

To date, more than 150 Members of Congress – including nearly half of all House Democrats — have expressed serious concerns with the proposed mandate.  In addition to today’s letter focusing on the impact on small providers and their customers, Members of Congress have also previously sounded the alarm about the proposal’s likelihood toundermine copyright protectionsdevastate the creative ecosystem, and cause “irreparable harm to independent and minority programmers.”

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