Even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, broadcasters doubled down on their use of retransmission blackouts to extort American consumers who rely on cable or satellite for their television service. There were a record-breaking 342 blackouts in 2020 compared to 278 in 2019. And the blackouts continue still today.
It’s time for Washington to modernize our TV laws to protect against the greed of broadcasters. Congress needs to act and end broadcaster TV blackouts now!