Today, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing the availability of diverse and independent video programming. The Commission is specifically seeking input on ways that large pay TV companies can harm diverse and independent programmers and hold back emerging competition from new video devices. Public Knowledge applauds the Commission for taking another step toward freeing consumers and programmers from the anti-competitive grip of pay TV giants.
The following can be attributed to Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge:
“For far too long, major incumbent MVPDs have exploited their negotiating leverage over independent and diverse programmers to prevent the evolution of the video marketplace in pro-consumer and pro-creator ways. The FCC’s proposed rules would help level the playing field by forbidding certain contractual clauses that prevent independent programmers from providing their programming to competitive outlets, such as online video services. Without relief, the video marketplace will remain dominated by those with the most power and minority viewpoints will remain silenced.
“In the past, the FCC has worked diligently to create a better video marketplace for both independent programmers and consumers. We are optimistic that the commitment to promoting diversity in the video marketplace will continue under Chairman Pai. These proposed rules mark a significant step in the right direction and we look forward to working with the Commission to make the video marketplace as diverse as possible.”
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