White Paper Issued on Video Policy

Key leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week released a white paper on video policy as they continue their path toward a review and revamp of the Communications Act.  In a joint  release, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) stated, “We are long removed from the days of one TV per household, bulky box sets that often doubled as living room furniture. Now, Americans are clamoring for more content and choices, and the ability to view videos whether home or on the go on the platform of their choosing.”  In their white paper they review the history of television broadcast, cable, satellite, and more recent “over-the-top” video services such as Sky Angel.  They seek comment on several points about how laws affecting these services are of continued benefit or in need of change.  Specific attention is paid to the 1992 Cable Act, in which Must Carry law is based.  The chairmen ask for public comments to be submitted by January 23, 2015, and note, “We look forward to the spirited responses which have followed each prior white paper and expect to begin putting pen-to-paper in the coming months.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: December 12, 2014

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