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Free Market Solutions in Television Regulation

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Dear Ranking Members Thune and Wicker,

On behalf of the more than 276 thousand members and supporters of Frontiers of Freedom, I am writing to ask that as you consider reauthorizing the Satellite Television and Extension of Localism Act (STELA) this year, to preserve the foundations of the current retransmission consent negotiation process. We oppose any changes to the structure in place which guides how cable and satellite television providers negotiate with broadcasters for their content and signal.

Specifically, Frontiers of Freedom opposes the inclusion in STELA of provisions which would preclude joint negotiations between broadcasters and pay television providers or broadcasters and advertisers; arbitrarily change ownership rules; alter the basic-tier or buy-through carriage provisions; or regulate how broadcasters negotiate for their signal and content with both Internet service providers and pay-tv providers. Continue reading

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