March 11, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – USTelecom | The Broadband Association, a leading association of connectivity providers and innovators, today issued the following statement after Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced the bipartisan Modern Television Act of 2021, a bill to repeal outdated regulations of the 1992 Cable Act, including retransmission consent and to address broadcast TV blackouts.
USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter said:
“Consumers watch video in a completely different way than they did even just a year ago (saying nothing of how video habits have changed over the last generation), but the system governing retransmission remains outdated and broken. Congresswoman Eshoo and Congressman Scalise understand the need for a complete overhaul to reflect 2021 realities and have created a comprehensive solution that would be a win for consumers and video providers alike. Congress should pass this bipartisan plan and get the government back in tune with the 21st century video marketplace.”
USTelecom is the national trade association representing technology providers, innovators, suppliers, and manufacturers committed to connecting the world through the power of broadband.