Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Re: Competition and Consumer Choice in the MVPD Marketplace – Including an Examination of Proposals to Expand Consumer Choice, Such as A La Carte and Themed-Tiered Offerings
July 14, 2004
TV viewers today are forced to live in a world of the cable industry’s making – extremely limited choice and endlessly spiraling prices. With no meaningful government oversight and virtually no competition, cable providers—with the exception of being required to carry broadcast channels—decide what programming consumers see by controlling both packaging and price. By placing their most popular channels in expensive tiers with other channels most people don’t watch or find offensive, the industry forces consumers to pay a special “cable tax” by requiring them to buy bloated packages of channels in order to get the programming they actually do want.