Retransmission Consent is a statutory right, created by Congress decades ago in a very different video landscape, that allows broadcasters, including corporations that own TV stations such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, to charge fees to local cable operators for the right to carry or “retransmit” their signals. Broadcasters have taken advantage of the FCC’s permissive interpretation of this law to demand increasingly outrageous fees, terms, and conditions that raise costs for independent cable operators and, more importantly, for their customers. ACA and its members regularly brief FCC Commissioners and their staff, as well as Members of Congress, to encourage common sense reforms that will level an unfair playing field.
Broadband providers understand that subscribers care deeply about their privacy, which is why ACA members have implemented reasonable controls to meet their customers’ expectations and the requirements of all federal and state privacy laws. ACA supports the adoption of a common sense regulatory regime in which rules that apply to Internet service providers are the same as those applied to other Internet actors, providing consumers with a consistent experience across platforms.
ACA and its members support a free and Open Internet, protected by a light touch regulatory regime that promotes continued investment in network infrastructure and provides appropriate relief for small providers.
CONNECT AMERICA FUND
To support the communications needs of all Americans in the modern era, the Connect America Fund’s universal service high-cost support regime should focus on the expansion of broadband-capable networks, directing support to the most efficient providers on a competitively and technologically neutral basis, using market-based and forward-looking distribution mechanisms and increased accountability to ensure that funds are used effectively and for the right purposes.
To ensure a competitive pay television marketplace, Congress adopted program access rules to ensure that multichannel video programming distributors have access to programming that is affiliated with their pay-TV rivals. In order to achieve Congress’ goals, these rules must effectively operate as Congress intended.