Cable Braces For New Regulatory Battles

In a series of hearings in the House and Senate, lawmakers are starting to look at video industry regulations and whether they need to be updated in the age of mobile devices, online video and cord cutters.

COMMENTARY BY SCOTT CLELAND

Obsolete TV Law Needs Modernization

Important free market communications legislation introduced in mid-December warrants flagging because it brings needed attention to a real and growing problem, how obsolete communications law stifles innovation, growth and consumer benefit. The DeMint-Scalise bill, “The Next Generation Television Marketplace Act,” introduced by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), would repeal antiquated restrictions of the 1992 Cable Act that have been made obsolete by dramatic changes in market, competition and technology over the last 20 years.