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JL
- 425 days ago - act.freepress.net
Senators: Give Us the Freedom to Choose Our Cable Channels Forced bundling is a symptom of our dysfunctional, competition-free cable system



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JL A. (272)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 5:38 pm
Tired of watching your cable bill go up year after year (after year)?

Sick of paying for crappy reality shows like America's Worst Tattoos?

Too bad. Right now there's nothing you can do about it.

We Need the Freedom to Choose Our Cable Channels.

If you want cable channels that carry, say, Major League Baseball games, you have to purchase a cable package that also includes channels like Fuel TV, the low-rated network that features motocross and surfing coverage, and Chiller TV, the channel that's "scary good."

Maybe you like motocross, surfing and scary movies. Other people like Lifetime, HBO or VH1 Classic. Yet despite their individual preferences, cable subscribers are forced to buy hundreds of channels in a cable “bundle” to get the few channels they actually want.

Does this make any sense?

Not to us. Thankfully Sen. John McCain has introduced the Television Consumer Freedom Act,1 a bill that would allow us to pay for cable channels individually, giving us more control over what we choose to buy and watch.

Forced bundling is a symptom of our dysfunctional, competition-free cable system in which content providers (ESPN, Fox News, HBO) collude with cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner Cable) to push us into paying for hundreds of channels we don’t want — and to keep our cable and broadband bills climbing higher and higher.

Sen. McCain’s bill wouldn’t outlaw bundling. But it would provide incentives for cable companies to offer an “a la carte” option in which consumers would pay only for the channels they want.

Save Some Money: Tell Your Senators to Support This Pro-Consumer Bill.

As we discussed in our new report,2 our cable bills continue to skyrocket. Since the 2008 recession, the price of expanded basic cable service has increased at three times the rate of inflation.

Consumers have complained about this situation for years. And now we can do something about it.

Tell Your Senators to Support the Television Consumer Freedom Act.

Thanks,

Josh, Derek, Amy and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team

www.freepress.net

P.S. You can count on the Free Press Action Fund to fight for consumer protections. We don't take money from business, government or political parties and rely on the generosity of people like you to fuel our work. Please consider donating $10 today. Thank you!

1. "Senator McCain Releases New 'a La Carte' Cable Bill," May 9, 2013. http://act.freepress.net/go/14580?t=8&akid=4266.9916031.0IiY4R

2. S. Derek Turner, "Combating the Cable Cabal: How to Fix America's Broken Video Market," May 2013. http://act.freepress.net/go/14581?t=10&akid=4266.9916031.0IiY4R

The Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization building a nationwide movement for media that serve the public interest. The Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office.
 

Terry V. (30)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 5:54 pm
S&N THANKS
 

NicoleAWAY W. (629)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:07 pm
Thanks for urging your senators to support the Television Consumer Freedom Act. ~ thank you JL
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:57 pm
You are welcome Terry and Nicole.
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Candy L. (477)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:28 pm
Signed last night tried to post it last night but when the preview page came back iit was empty. So I went to sleep. Thanks for posting. I hate Comcast. Why should we have to pay to see TV period. Thanks to Bush it
 

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:00 am
Noted, signed and shared. Thanks.
 

Carol D. (104)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:27 am
US noted
 

Sharon Davidson (343)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:45 am
noted,signed and shared thanks
 

Angelika R. (146)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:03 am
Although it's hard to believe anything positive could come from McCain I signed.thx.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:39 am
You are welcome Candy, Cathe, Sharon and Angelika.
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Dotti Lydon (116)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:09 am
Noted and signed. I so agree with you JL A. Just a few days ago, I had a big argument with Comcast. My bill went up by $60. Instead of working with me, she offered me yet a higher priced package. Rather stupid, I would say.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:26 am

Thanks for urging your senators to support the Television Consumer Freedom Act.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:43 am
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Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:24 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, JL. People should not be limited about what they can watch on t.v.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:47 am
If each channel wouldn't be too expensive that would be nice. I only watch a 7 varieties of channels. In fact one I enjoyed isn't even being offered anymore. Go figure.

I don't care about Bridezilla and a host of other crap that is offered, give me the History channel, comedy, PBS, animal planet, local news, and I'm good to go.

This has become a scam, I recall when we use to pay $10 a month to get the better reception, that was worth it in certain areas, but this is so high what they charge now. Any higher and they can keep the TV and I've gone up to 10 years without it before, and didn't even miss it after awhile.
 

Abdessalam Diab (153)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:49 am
Thanks for urging your senators to support the Television Consumer Freedom Act.
Thanks JL for posting. Thanks Kit for sharing on FB
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:54 am
Given that the airwaves were a public resource...
You are welcome Laura and Abdessalam.
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Michael Kirkby (83)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:39 pm
I don't watch TV.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 1:03 pm
Thank you JL, I've been saying this for years. The telecommunications industry in the US has been ripping off consumers for far too long. We also have to stop signing these two year contracts that give these crooks license to screw us blue.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 1:12 pm
Michael, by making it a point that you don't watch TV, mean that you don't care that TV viewers are getting swindled?
 

Christeen Anderson (476)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 1:27 pm
Signed.
 

Sara W. (110)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:00 pm
Gladly signed.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:02 pm
I don't watch TV either MJ but I download what I want through my computer. Now if you want to talk about swindle on WiFi and cable, that's a related topic. My contract with Rogers is only for one year. I will probably downsize what I need at that point. There's really no way around it.
The CRTC and the cable companies have been trying to bring legislation which would allow them to make it a crime to download. TekSavvy is one of the alternate suppliers that is very popular and is #1 on their hit list. So far we have dodged the bullet on it.
 

Jude Hand (58)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:02 pm
Noted, signed, commented, am going to tweet it and am emailing it. Go, John McCain...nice to see you doing something helpful.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:45 pm
I had to sign, even though McCain's my Sen, because I want the message to get to my other Sen---Flake.
Noted. Thank you, JL.
I guess this must personally irritate the curmudgeonly McCain to no end if he's sponsoring this....he he.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:46 pm
I don't watch TV either--partially because of this issue. You are welcome MJ.
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Joe R. (189)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:06 pm
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:10 pm
You are welcome Joe.You cannot currently send a star to Joe because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:39 pm
I guess that is the question I should have asked. Would all of you 'non'- TV watchers start watching if you only had to pay for the stations you were interested in that you would watch?

I'm not sure how many of you have noticed another dirty little secret with telecommunications. FOX news can be broadcast over the free airways and picked up with any TV and a pair of rabbit ears or a roof antenna. Progressive views can't even be found on just Basic cable/satellite. I have to pay nearly twice as much as basic cable to receive Current TV and MSNBC. In this 'information age' it seems that the most important information comes at a price the average person can't afford.

 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:46 pm
Or it came at a price that cost them dearly via replacing to newer technology TV just ahead of losing jobs...excellent points MJ--wish I had another star for you!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 4:15 pm
Theodore, consider yourself lucky. I live in a rural location where satellite internet is the only game in town, and unlimited downloading doesn't exist. $70 a month and I reach my allotted bandwidth two weeks into my monthly plan. Heaven forbid I watch more than one or two 4 minute videos on youtube a day, or they slow me down to 'dial-up' speeds for the remainder of the month.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:23 am
US only, thanks.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:06 am
You are welcome Birgit.
 

Lisa Neste (695)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:29 am
Thanks for urging your senators to support the Television Consumer Freedom Act.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:38 am
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Debra Van Way (12)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:52 pm
Signed gladly. Now I understand why years ago the movie theatres had commercials about not going to "pay tv"-that it would ruin television. They were oh, so very correct. There was more on the 3 networks then than the countless number of nothing "networks" now. If you had a tv and some form of antannae, and electricity-your entertainment was worthwhile with no extra costs and you weren't commercialed to death then either. Every 15 minutes the networks would run 1 or 2 commercials (usually very entertaining ones) which made time for grabbing a bathroom break or a snack easy. Now-yeah-what a costly worthless disaster it has all become.
 

Edith B. (142)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:44 pm
Noted, signed, and shared.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 3:12 am
ty
 

Rhonda lawford (4)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 6:40 am
done. thanx
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 6:49 am
You are welcome Ro and Rhonda
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:53 pm
signed & noted
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Saturday June 8, 2013, 12:05 pm
Signed
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 4:00 pm
Done
 
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