Senate Subcommittee Eyes Fall Wrap-Up for MVPD Investigation

Has been looking into barriers to OTT video and other competition

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The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations signaled Thursday (July 23) that it will be wrapping up its investigation into the cable and satellite industry before the end of the year.

The Subcommittee is holding a hearing today on cable customers service and billing practices with witnesses from the top MVPDS, including Comcast, Charter, AT&T and Dish.

In a notice about that hearing, the office of ranking member Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) signaled a fall timetable for wrapping up its general investigation into "barriers to competition," including "the difficulties faced by companies attempting to create innovative new television delivery models."

It was a year ago this month that the subcommittee sent subpoenas to cable operators and other MVPDs seeking information, including program contract information, related to over-the-top (OTT) video service.

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McCaskill, a veteran cable rate and service critic, was said to be the driving force behind the investigation. Subpoenas for documents and records can be issued by any member of the subcommittee.