Cable TV Consumer Protection Act, Part 1
Mar 29, 1990
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Senators Inouye and Danforth talked about the history of the subcommittee and gave background information on the issue of telecommunications as it relates to the consumer. They said that there would be four panels which in .. Read More
Senators Inouye and Danforth talked about the history of the subcommittee and gave background information on the issue of telecommunications as it relates to the consumer. They said that there would be four panels which in chronological order would be representatives from the cable industry, broadcasters, consumer groups, and finally a panel on "must carry". The other Senators offered opening remarks that centered on the legislation and committee.
Mr. Mooney said that the cable industry preferred being unregulated and that the costs of cable had either decreased or stabilized. He talked about customer service improvements as an example of cable working within the market. He said that cable desired a role in the creation of any new regulations. He disagreed with the idea of unaccountable local regulatory agencies.
Mr. Hostetter talked about the affect of deregulation on the costs of cable and said that it increased the services offered by the industry. He said that the increase in cost for the consumers had been lower than the increase for the cost of service. He talked about the logistics of Sky Channel and disagreed with the idea of a subsidy for the new network. He advocated for program exclusivity.
Mr. Burchill talked about the favorable effect of the Cable Telecommunications Act on cable programming networks. He also talked about the marketing strategies of the networks controlled by Lifetime Entertainment Services. He also said that they took on risky programming choices that they would not have taken on if they had to focus on ratings for funding. He said that they had invested nearly $1 billion in the Lifetime Channel.
All of the panelists answered questions from Senators.