Scalise Reintroduces Legislation to Modernize Television Laws

Dec 12, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Scalise today reintroduced the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, a comprehensive video reform bill that repeals outdated laws including compulsory copyright licenses, eliminates various mandates on private sector companies and consumers, and removes certain FCC broadcast and media ownership rules.  Congressman Cory Gardner joined as an original cosponsor of the legislation.

“While the compulsory licenses of ’76 and ’88, and the ’92 Cable Act may have made sense years ago, competition from new players in the video marketplace have rendered these laws obsolete,” Scalise said. “Decades-old broadcast, cable, and satellite laws dramatically restrict access and limit consumer choice.  Broadcast television is a unique and important platform. Valuable local affiliate programming, strongly demanded by consumers including myself, is proof that archaic government regulations are unnecessary today.  Instead, traditional copyright law should facilitate the distribution of this programming so that broadcasters are rightfully paid for their content, rather than for the use of a signal. 

“Consumers increasingly demand a customized viewing experience, in a world in which laws and regulations don't restrict their ability to watch what they want, where they want, and at a price that best fits their budgets,” Scalise continued. “These common-sense, private sector decisions should be left to the creators of content and those that distribute it, not the whims of the moment from Congress or the FCC. I stand ready to continue working with Chairmen Upton and Walden, and other colleagues from both sides of the aisle, particularly Ranking Member Eshoo who today also introduced her vision of reform called the Video CHOICE Act. While there are significant differences in our approaches, Ranking Member Eshoo and I are committed to working in the best interest of consumers, innovation, and our nation’s economic growth.”

“A 21st video market deserves a 21st century law, and laws that are over 20 years old simply fail to address the reality of the video services market as it exists today,” said Rep. Cory Gardner.  “A free-market approach is the way we move forward. Businesses will be given the freedom to work and grow in the video market today, and be ready as it continues to evolve in the future. My sincere thanks and gratitude who have taken time out of their busy lives to make sure their voices have been heard.”