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Table of Contents - September 1, 2014

Rockefeller, Thune Propose a la Carte Pricing for Retransmission of Local Broadcast Channels

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D., W.Va.) and ranking member John Thune (R., S.D.) have unveiled a proposal that could end standoffs and blackouts related to broadcast TV retransmission negotiations with pay TV providers by allowing broadcasters to set their own a la carte prices for their channels.

The proposal, which the committee calls LOCAL CHOICE in a two-page summary of the measure, would still allow local TV broadcasters to demand "must-carry" arrangements, under which cable and satellite TV providers must deliver the broadcast signal to their subscribers but the broadcasters receive no payment.

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Need for Regulated Interconnection in IP World Debated in Responses to House CommAct Update White Paper

Traditional telcos have urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to take a more marketplace-oriented approach to interconnection as it works to update the 1934 Communications Act, while broadband service providers from other sectors of the industry are arguing for the continuation of a mechanism similar to the interconnection mandates of existing law.

State utility regulators and consumer advocates, meanwhile, urged the committee to include a mechanism for regulation of interconnection agreements, with a role for both federal and state regulators.

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