Broadcasters Offer Choice Words on Retrans Remake

Posted by | September 08, 2014 | | No Comments

Originally published in Broadcasting and Cable on September 8, 2014.

“One of those helping make broadcasters’ case against the proposal is Fred Campbell, former FCC Wireless Bureau chief and currently heading up the think tank, The Center for Boundless Innovation.

Campbell argues that some of the same folks pushing for Local Choice-proposed by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.)-are also pushing just as hard against government regulation of free market Internet negotiations-such as paid peering Internet traffic exchange arrangements.

‘Thune’s embrace of the intellectual basis for the ‘Local Choice proposal’-which inherently distrusts market negotiations between the operators of cable ‘pipes’ and content providers-represents a tipping point in the battle over net neutrality,’ Campbell says. ‘If Thune doesn’t believe market negotiations are capable of producing fair outcomes for pay-TV customers with respect to television content, how does he plan to justify relying on the free market to produce fair outcomes for Internet content?'”