National Consumers League

NCL applauds Rep. Eshoo for addressing consumer harm caused by tv blackouts

September 11, 2013

Contact: Ben Klein, NCL Communications, (202) 835-3323benk@nclnet.org

Washington, DC –The National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, today applauded Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) for introducing the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act.

The following statement is attributable to John Breyault, NCL’s Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud:

“Consumers should not be the pawns in the never-ending games of chicken between multi-billion dollar cable companies and broadcast networks. The increasing frequency of television blackouts -- 91 in 2012 alone and 80 already this year – demonstrate that the current legal framework regarding retransmission consent is broken. The Video CHOICE Act recognizes this and seeks to implement a range of reforms. We look forward to a thorough debate on the proposals raised by Congresswoman Eshoo.” 

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