COMMENTARY BY KEVIN GOLDBERG

Is McCain Legislation A Bungled Bundle Bill?

True to his reputation as a maverick, Arizona Senator John McCain has authored a bill seemingly designed to please nobody, while arguably disserving just about everybody. Dubbed the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, it consists of clumsily crafted legislative language that mashes together in one bill three disparate and contentious aspects of the current video delivery system. In only one of those three areas does McCain’s proposal come to remotely practical terms with the problem it seeks to address.

McCain Bill Addresses Ch. Bundling, Aereo

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today announced proposed legislation titled the Television Consumer Freedom Act that would pave the way towards an à la carte system of pay television as well as penalize broadcasters who abandon public airwaves in the wake of digital TV upstart Aereo.