Congressional bill would decrease FCC's influence on Big Cable even more


The cable companies were able to squeeze out from under the FCC’s efforts to regulate them more, including such niceties as a la carte programing, de-monopolizing areas, and creating increased competition. But they’re not done: their trade group, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has lobbied Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to introduce legislation that would further shake loose the shackles of government interference with the cable industry.

It’s not surprise, of course, that the NCTA is a large donor to Blackburn’s campaigns, but this is business as usual in Congress.

We’re hoping this bill doesn’t pass, as it would end the 70/70 provision currently governing cable monopolies, stating that when nationally, 70% of the households in Amercia have cable TV available to them, and 70% of the homes in America actually subscribe to it, then the FCC can step in and really go to work.

The NCTA is claiming under 53% of the households in America have cable TV, but the FCC states that the first prong was met years ago (currently at 95.5%), and the second prong was just met at 71.4% of American households receiving cable TV.

So, in essence, cable TV is using its influence on a member of congress to delete a law as soon as it becomes a hurdle to its evil ways. This is where we instruct you to call your representatives in Congress and tell them to vote against Blackburn’s bill, as it’s a vote for American consumers.

New bill would stop FCC’s cable regulation attempt [Ars Technica, with additional data from CNS]