America's Media Speaks Out for Cable Choice!
ago we told you about the concept of "Cable Choice", being able to pick and
choose -- and pay for -- only the cable networks you wanted to allow into
your home. A year ago the cable industry said it was impossible. They said
that technology prohibited such an option. We proved that the technology
the cable industry said they would help customers to block
networks they didn't like. We exposed the flaw that consumers would still be
forced to pay for the unwanted networks that they chose to
next pathetic argument against Cable Choice was that it would force smaller,
niche and minority-targeted networks into bankruptcy. Prominent consumer
organizations exposed the fallacy of that argument showing evidence that
such networks might actually benefit from Cable Choice.
the cable industry struck fear into the hearts of many by saying that Cable
Choice would have the undesired effect of increasing the cost
of a cable subscription while giving the customer fewer
channels. We have exposed that, too, as a fallacy; and we pointed out that
the cable industry already increases their fees at 3-4 times the national
rate of inflation. And now the Federal Communications Commission is agreeing
with us, saying that a recent analysis by their economists shows that costs
would not increase with Cable Choice.
Knowing that their backs were against the wall, the cable industry did last
month what it said it would not and could not do: provide a "family tier" of
cable networks so that parents could protect their children from graphic and
gratuitous programming. And over the past few weeks we have exposed the
fatal flaw of this 'last gasp' attempt by the cable industry to prevent
Cable Choice. Make no mistake: While this option appears -- at first blush
-- to be a good solution, it does absolutely nothing in reality to help
families. Family tiers were designed by the cable industry solely to appease
Washington lawmakers, not to give a real solution to families concerned with
harsh cable content.
to the efforts of the PTC and its broad array of partners in the cable
choice battle, the public -- and our public servants -- are becoming aware
of the merits of Cable Choice. Across the country newspaper stories and
editorials are calling for real cable choice. Here is
just a sampling of what is being written.
"...Cable companies should offer customers a choice of channels they want.
If they don't Congress should change the law to require it."
December 21, 2005
"Imagine being able to select and pay for only the cable channels you want,
like choosing dishes in a buffet line...We think Americans would welcome the
flexibility and choice, and perhaps lower bills, that could come with a la
December 15, 2005
Section: Denver & The West; Page B-O7
"...Comcast...has joined several other U.S. cable companies in agreeing to
offer 'family-friendly' channel packages next year...This falls short of
what would benefit consumers most freedom to purchase only the channels they
want to watch."
News Sentinel, Fort Wayne Indiana
December 15, 2005
Section A; Page 8
"...the cable TV industry...clings to its outmoded business plan, requiring
that we buy channels in bundles...it would likely take an act of Congress,
which probably won't do anything without a lot of pressure from voters. So
if you're sick of paying for channels you don't want, tell your
Paul Pioneer Press
December 7, 2005
Section: Business; Page 2C
"You get what you pay for, the saying goes. Unless you're talking about
cable television, in which case you pay for what you get...You can't buy the
channels you want without getting some that you don't. That may be about to
change...Charles Dolan, the chairman of Cablevision, has thrown his support
behind a la carte pricing. 'We don't believe in the long term that selling
programming a la carte will be detrimental to either programmers or cable
operators,' Dolan said in a prepared statement. 'Our experience indicates a
la carte will result in a more affordable service for all with more
December 23, 2005
Section: Business; Page 1
is entirely appropriate to jawbone cable companies, who operate under
government-regulated monopolies, into giving concerned customers something
they've long clamored for."
December 23, 2005
Section: Editorial; Page C06
"The argument that a la carte will kill some networks falls flat in a
December 14, 2005
fight is far from over. We face well-financed opponents who will spend
literally hundreds of millions of dollars to turn public sentiment in their
favor. And with the current system they can spend hundreds of millions in
order to protect their billions. But what we have on our side is logic,
reason, commonsense, and more than a million members who will not be fooled
or lulled by our opponents. With our help we will continue to bring to
fruition something that America's families should have had from the
beginning: A real choice about the cable channels that come into their home.
must keep the pressure on. We must make sure our elected officials know that
we demand cable choice NOW. So write your Congressional representatives
today and tell them you want Cable Choice. Write a letter to the editor of
your local newspaper. Call your city council members and your mayor. Let's
keep the momentum going so Cable Choice becomes a reality.
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