Cable TV Consumer Protection Act, Part 2
Mar 29, 1990
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Mr. Mooney and Mr. Hostetter answered questions asked by Sen. Gore about allegations of anti-competition behavior by cable providers against broadcast networks. They talked about the cable response to .. Read More
Mr. Mooney and Mr. Hostetter answered questions asked by Sen. Gore about allegations of anti-competition behavior by cable providers against broadcast networks. They talked about the cable response to CNBC. They denied implementing policies that were unethical or illegal. Sen. Gore said that a monopoly existed if there was a lack of multi-channel competition.
Mr. Mooney and Mr. Hostetter talked about telecommunication technology and the abilities of broadcast networks to expand into the market controlled by cable networks. They also talked about the cost of cable for consumers. They also talked about the effect of “must carry” channels and said that a forced combination of broadcast channels was an anti-trust violation.
Mr. Fritts said that the cable industry had a monopoly and that there was not a viable competitor. He advocated regulation of cable networks and compensation for broadcast networks.
Mr. Hedlund talked about the effects of the cable industry on independent broadcast stations. He said that he supported the legislation being created. He said that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) should adopt non-discriminatory carrying rules of broadcast networks, that cable be unable to shift channel positions against broadcast station, and that broadcast networks should be available to all cable consumers. He also said that it was necessary for compensation of broadcast networks for the use of the stations by cable networks.