Consumer Groups Fight Multicast Must-Carry


One decade ago, consumer groups fought with the broadcast lobby for must-carry, the right of every TV station to demand cable carriage.

On Wednesday, they adopted a new policy -- calling on Congress to reject expansion of current law from carriage of a single programming service to multiple digital services per station, also called multicast must-carry.

Opposing new must-carry rights were the Consumers Union, the Consumer Federation of America, the Center for Digital Democracy and Free Press.

In a letter to leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the groups argued that multicast must-carry was unjustified because there was “no compelling public-policy reason” and no “consumer benefit of doing so.”