Originally published in Communications Daily on July 23, 2014.
“Allowing TV stations to innovate and compete in the multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) and wireless broadband market segments can be achieved through comprehensive, market-based regulatory reform, said a Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology report. The report was led by Fred Campbell, CBIT director and former FCC Wireless Bureau chief. Old regulations, like the free-television mandate, the prohibition on broadcasters offering cable channels and broadcast spectrum limitations, should be eliminated to allow TV networks and local affiliate stations to work together, it said (http://bit.ly/1paf7TF). Repealing only the regulations enabling TV stations to meet their public interest obligations would result in the forced abandonment or sale of TV stations at ‘fire-sale prices, thus destroying the legitimate, investment-backed expectations of TV stations through government action,’ the report said.”