Cable Telecommunications Act, Day 2 Part 1
Senators Gore and McCain gave short comments. They gave their opinions on the proceedings. Mr. Sikes said that cable markets are… read more
Senators Gore and McCain gave short comments. They gave their opinions on the proceedings.
Mr. Sikes said that cable markets are not open markets due to the 1984 Cable Telecommunications Act allowing municipalities to grant monopoly franchises and limit competition; he said that this needed to be changed. He talked about concerns of programmers with the legislation that was discussed. He talked about ways that Federal Communication Commission (F.C.C.) regulations needed to be changed. He said that the F.C.C. competition standard needed to be reformed to be pro-competitive. He recommended that an amendment be added that would change the ability of municipalities from licensing one or more cable providers to being able to license two or more providers. Mr. Sikes said that the “must carry” laws should only apply to cable television systems that do not have significant broadcast competition. He talked about additional reform scenarios.
Mr. Sikes talked about a report that the F.C.C. was working on about the effects of cable regulation schemes and recommended that the Congress not act until the report had been finished. He answered questions from the Senators. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- James David Ford Chaplain U.S. House of Representatives
- Alfred Sikes Chairman Federal Communications Commission
- John C. Danforth U.S. Senator [R] Missouri
- James Exon U.S. Senator [D] Nebraska
- Albert "Al" Gore Jr. U.S. Senator [D] Tennessee
- Slade Thomas Gorton III U.S. Senator [R] Washington
- John S. McCain III U.S. Senator [R] Arizona
- Larry Pressler U.S. Senator [R] South Dakota
- Theodore "Ted" F. Stevens U.S. Senator [R] Alaska
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