“Action today by the House of Representatives today in passing H.R. 5728, the STELA Reauthorization Act, again demonstrates the bipartisan consensus around targeted and meaningful video reforms. We commend Chairmen Upton and Walden and Ranking Members Waxman and Eshoo for their efforts. In addition to extending expiring provisions related to retransmission of broadcast TV signals, this must-pass legislation accomplishes modest reforms of our video laws that will yield significant consumer benefits.
"We applaud the efforts of House Chairmen Upton and Walden, Senate Chairman Rockefeller, House Ranking Members Waxman and Eshoo and Senate Ranking Member Thune who have worked together to craft bipartisan legislation that advances targeted video reforms, including the extension of expiring provisions that will help affected satellite consumers continue to receive their broadcast signals.
“We are stunned the President would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet and call for extreme Title II regulation. The cable industry strongly supports an open Internet, is building an open internet, and strongly believes that over-regulating the fastest growing technology in our history will not advance the cause of Internet freedom. There is no dispute about the propriety of transparency rules and bans on discrimination and blocking. But this tectonic shift in national policy, should it be adopted, would create devastating results.
“In today's video marketplace, consumers are reaping the benefits of robust competition and an ever expanding menu of video options. Redefining what it means to be an MVPD raises profound questions about how government will extend regulation to Internet video services and how any would-be virtual MVPDs will meet their 'social compact' obligations.
NCTA, CableLabs® and SCTE Issue Annual Call for Technical Papers
WASHINGTON, DC – Some of the cable industry’s brightest technical minds and future-focused business concepts will be on display next May as part of the 2015 Spring Technical Forum during INTX: The Internet & Television Expo. INTX - formerly known as The Cable Show – is a new event that brings together the world of entertainment, communications and the Internet.
“We appreciate Ranking Member Waxman’s thoughtful proposal in that it implicitly recognizes the onerous dangers of applying backward looking regulation to the Internet. Nonetheless, the reclassification of broadband as a Title II service is unnecessary to provide consumers with reasonable network neutrality protections and will result in years of uncertainty and legal tussles. History has shown that forbearance is far from certain or quick and Title II advocates have already indicated their opposition to the type of forbearance that this approach suggests.
“We commend the Commission’s unanimous decision to eliminate the antiquated sports blackout rule. As the video marketplace continues to evolve and offers consumers more competition and a growing variety of new services, we encourage the FCC to continue its examination of outdated rules that no longer make sense.”
"We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune for introducing S. 2799, the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA). As introduced, we believe that this bill provides clear benefits to consumers by extending expiring provisions and making targeted video reforms that are appropriate given the realities of today's competitive marketplace.
Proposals to reclassify Internet access as a Title II service threaten to remove incentives to invest in broadband growth and improvement, companies say
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2014) – In a letter sent today, a diverse group of technology manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech equipment warn U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker that classifying the Internet as a public utility would have harmful implications for the Internet and the broader national economy.