DeMint, Scalise Propose Sweeping Away Retrans Regime, Ownership Regs

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[h=3]John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable[/h]

Specifically the bill would:

- Repeal those provisions of the Communications Act that mandate the carriage and purchase of certain broadcast signals by cable operators, satellite providers, and their customers.

- Repeal the Communications Act's "retransmission consent" provisions and the Copyright Act's "compulsory license" provisions, thereby allowing negotiations for the carriage of broadcast stations to take place in the same deregulated environment as negotiations for carriage of non-broadcast channels such as Discovery, Food Network, and AMC.

- Repeal ownership limitations imposed on local media operators, allowing businesses to evolve and adapt to today's dynamic communications market.

The American Television Alliance, which has been pushing for major retrans reform, called it a constructive step foward.

Source & More: DeMint, Scalise Propose Sweeping Away Retrans Regime, Ownership Regs - 2011-12-16 19:14:45 | Broadcasting & Cable
 

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