Consumers benefit from robust competition. Better service, investment, innovation, and lower prices always result when one or more providers compete for customers. That is true in the video market as well. Unfortunately, while we have seen some slowdown in cable price increases from the incumbent operator in the markets where
Additionally, federal and state policymakers recognize that broadband deployment and cable competition are related and that broadband speeds and adoption increase significantly when it is offered along with video services, which is a benefit to consumers. Ninety percent of our new TV customers also purchase high speed Internet, which resonates well for those who prefer over-the-top streaming video alternatives. From a pure consumer choice standpoint, at least 50 percent of our new IPTV customers are new customers to
In our IPTV markets,
The 1992 Cable Act, retransmission consent and changed circumstances
The underlying federal rules that govern cable, satellite and IPTV providers' efforts to obtain broadcast content were largely motivated by
* Under the must-carry rules, any local broadcaster can demand that its local feed be featured in the cable television provider's line-up, even if there is minimal demand from viewers.
* Under the
* Ironically, although threatening blackouts on the eve of marquee events like the Super Bowl or the Oscars is a standard tactic for broadcasters, it is actually unlawful under
These provisions were added to the considerable benefit of no-cost spectrum granted by the federal government decades ago to broadcasters, and continually renewed to this day. Unfortunately, the changes made by the 1992 Act did not anticipate the explosion of video competition with traditional cable providers from Direct Broadcast Satellite, other MVPDs, and over the top video providers.
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