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McCain Confirms He Will Testify at May 14 Hearing

Says Consumers Are Getting Raw Deal at Hands of Regulators -- Or At Least Regulatory Structure -- and Corporate Interests 5/10/2013 2:37 PM Eastern

Confirming an earlier report, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said late Friday he would be testifying at the May 14 hearing on the state of video in the Senate Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee.

McCain, former chairman of the full committee, earlier this week introduced S. 912, the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, which was already expected to be a topic of conversation at the hearing.

"As a former Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this effort to give consumers more choices and more control over their cable bills," McCain said in a statement. "The current regulatory structure is rigged in favor of corporate interests over consumers, resulting in Americans paying ever-higher cable bills for channels they do not want to watch. It is time to shift the landscape and empower consumers with options. I look forward to beginning this conversation with the Committee next week."  

The conversation is not expected to end in passage of the bill according to numerous lobbyists, but it could provide fodder for debate over reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act.