Broadcasters Push Congress to Investigate Pay-TV Prices


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TVFreedom, a coalition headed up by the Big Four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX), wrote a letter to leaders of the House and Senate communications oversight committees yesterday, requesting an investigation into the billing practices of cable and satellite companies.

Why This Matters: TVFreedom is asking congressional committee leaders to focus on pay-TV industry-wide practices, such as “erroneous overbilling, equipment rental fees, early termination fees, and inflated or unnecessary ‘extra’ charges” as they begin the process of updating the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

According to reporter David Hall, the outcome has important consequences for the entertainment industry.  The broadcast industry-sponsored “TV Freedom” wants Congress to investigate pay-TV practices, such as “erroneous overbilling, “extra charges”, early termination fees, and high equipment rental fees.  I think TV executives are feeling the heat of satellite and cable delivery systems.  Their appeal to Congress could be seen as a way to preserve market share and dominate the entertainment marketplace.  It’s all about money and the programming and legislative influence that money can buy.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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