– The Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg
Walden (R-Ore.), will hold a hearing in September
on the legal regimes that regulate the delivery of video content to
consumers. Increased competition and evolving technology has made for a
more robust video marketplace but current laws and regulations
vary depending on the technology used for delivery.
“Whether over the air from local broadcasters, through a paid
subscription to a satellite, cable, or fiber provider, or streaming over
the Internet, consumers have unprecedented access to view quality video
content,” Walden said. “Each of these technologies faces a different
regime of laws and regulations that have been developed over the last
four decades. The subcommittee will examine whether these laws are still
serving the needs of consumers, content creators, broadcasters, and
video distributors in the modern communications marketplace.”
The hearing is an extension of the ongoing work of the
subcommittee to examine the Satellite Television Extension and Localism
Act, portions of which are set to sunset on Dec. 31, 2014.
Previously the subcommittee has examined
STELA still serves an important function or if it is out of step with
today’s video marketplace and are discussing whether Congress should
reauthorize the law as is, allow it to lapse, or revise it.