Broadcaster Fees Harming Cable TV and Wireless Consumers

In case you missed it, ACI’s released a study last month finding that broadcast TV stations are raising there retransmission consent fees at a rate of 46% per year, which is raising consumer cable TV prices.  What is worse, however, is that these fees are becoming so lucrative that they may discourage TV broadcasters from relinquishing spectrum for repurposing to wireless […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Archaic Rules Jeopardize Spectrum Transfer

Failure to get more spectrum to wireless broadband consumers soon could result in nearly one-half trillion dollars in consumer welfare losses, according to a newly released study by the American Consumer Institute.  To continue reading the article, visit The Hill’s Congress Blog.  ACI’s study on this topic is available here.

ACI in Real Clear Policy: What TV Blackouts Have To Do With Mobile Phone Data

Zack Christenson writes an excellent piece on the findings of a recent ACI study that show how broadcast TV regulations will interfere with the upcoming spectrum auctions and will lead to massive consumer welfare losses for wireless broadband consumers.  To read the piece, visit Real Clear Policy.  ACI’s research study on this topic is available […]

Retransmission Consent Regulations Will Lead to a Half Trillion in Consumer Welfare Losses

ACI Study Finds Retransmission Consent Will Discourage Broadcasters from Spectrum Auctions Could Lead to One-Half Trillion in Consumer Welfare Losses  WASHINGTON, DC (December 4, 2013) – A new study by the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) finds that regulations put in place over twenty years ago to protect TV broadcast stations from […]

Statement by the American Consumer Institute: CBS Blackout Harms Consumers

WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement by the American Consumer Institute. Current regulations unfairly give local broadcast stations the upper hand in negotiations with cable distributors over the payment of programming. This has led to massive blackouts and much higher prices for consumers, and the recent CBS blackout of Time Warner’s cable customers is […]

CBS Blackout Harms Consumers: Statement by the American Consumer Institute

Current regulations unfairly give local broadcast stations the upper hand in negotiations with cable distributors over the payment of programming.  This has led to massive blackouts and much higher prices for consumers, and the recent CBS blackout of Time Warner’s cable customers is yet another example of this problem. One major reason for strained negotiations […]

ACI Blog in Real Clear Policy: Consumers Held Hostage in Cable Dispute

Zack Christenson, ACI’s tech writer, has a piece in today’s Real Clear Policy that discusses the problems with retransmission consent regulations.  The problems have led to yet another impasse in negotiations between cable providers and broadcasters.  The outcome will mean either higher prices for consumers or TV blackouts.  Either way, you know who loses.  You can read […]

Facing blackouts and Higher Programming Costs, Consumers Lose Due to Congressional Inaction

Just last week, a 2-month long dispute over carriage fees between Cablevision and Tribune Company was settled.  The settlement brings to an end the blackout of Fox and other Tribune TV stations in the tri-state area during the World Series.  When disputes between broadcasters and cable companies like these crop up (and they do with […]

A Simple Fix to a Nagging Problem Expected to Die in the 112th Congress

Retransmission consent (RC) is supposed to lead to orderly agreements between those such as broadcast networks who own distribution rights for video programs and those such as cable networks that want to distribute programs to consumers.  Under current law, local channels can demand that cable operators carry their programming (Must-Carry) or negotiate RC fees with […]