• On November 17, 2010, the US Senate Communications Subcommittee held a hearing titled “Television Viewers, Retransmission Consent, and the Public Interest.” Witnesses included Glenn Britt, Chairman, President, and CEO of Time Warner Cable, and Chase Carey, Deputy Chairman, President, and COO of News Corporation. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Chair of the Subcommittee stated in his opening remarks that “The pay TV industry has become robustly competitive, while local broadcasters have retained their government-granted monopolies and other benefits that now distort carriage negotiations. ... Consumers, caught in the middle, are the ones getting hurt.” For further information, click here.
  • Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., the outgoing Chairman of the House Consumer Protection Subcommittee, has indicated that he plans to hold a hearing on “do-not-track” and other privacy issues in early December 2010. Chairman Rush introduced HR 5777, the Building Effective Strategies To Promote Responsibility Accountability Choice Transparency Innovation Consumer Expectations and Safeguards Act (BEST PRACTICES Act), on July 19, 2010, and it is expected to be the primary focus of the hearing. It is anticipated that the bill will be introduced again in the lame duck session and will identify what information cannot be collected by websites and third-party advertisers without user approval. Key Republicans and Democrats have stated they would pursue Internet privacy legislation in the new Congress. A list of witnesses for the hearing has not been announced.