Never underestimate a lawmaker’s desire to make sure football games get aired in his market. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), two lawmakers who have been outspoken on sports blackouts, are co-sponsoring a bill to decrease the frequency of local blackouts.
Sen. John McCain
No one can ever say that acting Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Mignon Clyburn was a benchwarmer during the six months she served as acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. On Thursday and Friday, her final two days heading up the FCC, Clyburn circulated a number of rulemakings, including a proposal to end the sports blackout rule.
Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Wednesday it's time for the Federal Communications Commission to take action on an 18-month-old petition to lift the sports blackout rule.
À la carte is about to make a congressional comeback. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is working on a bill that would require cable and satellite companies to offer customers the option of buying individual channels, rather than packaged bundles of channels currently offered.