New bill would give streaming video services same protections as cable providers

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) is introducing legislation today that would put streaming videos services on similar legal footing to traditional cable services, potentially prohibiting anticompetitive practices. Under the legislation, online video providers would be given the same protections that satellite providers were given in the Cable Television and Consumer Protection Act of 1992, which was made to stop cable companies from blocking competition from satellite providers.

My legislation will help foster a consumer-centric revolution.”

Rockefeller’s legislation, the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act, would also place “reasonable limits” on contract agreements that restrict streaming services from accessing the content within a…

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