For the most part, Tues’ Sen Communications subcmte video hearing could have taken place a decade or more ago, with retransmission consent reform, skyrocketing cable rates, a la carte and Telecom Rewrite the familiar words du jour. But the real news of the day didn’t occur during the hour and 45 minute hearing. Instead it came in a letter sent Mon from Sen Commerce chmn Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) regarding broadcasters’ shared service agreements. As for Tues’ hearing, Sen John McCain (R-AZ), NCTA’s Michael Powell and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge offered their opinions on a la carte pricing.
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