“I can give many instances where the broadcasters tried to or actually thwarted or stalled technological innovation. They push mandates, like a FM chip in cellphones or tuners in TVs or must-carry on cable or banning of devices or new payments on others and no payments by them to copyright owners. Their message is clear: As long as existing broadcasters have their piece of the pie, there’s no need to care about everyone else. To which I respond: Innovate or die” — Gary Shapiro, president/CEO, Consumer Electronics Association, in an address earlier this week to The Media Institute

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