Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 4:12am
GROUP: CABLE SPENDS BIG IN DC
[SOURCE: Multichannel News, AUTHOR: Linda Moss]
Common Cause charged Wednesday that the cable industryâ€™s nearly $100 million in spending on campaign contributions and lobbying has led to favorable treatment in Washington, resulting in higher prices for consumers and the defeat of a la carte legislation. â€œThe return on cableâ€™s investment has been impressive: a 90% increase in cable rates since 1995 and industry-friendly regulations that boost profits, coupled with even more consolidation among cable companies,â€ Common Cause said in unveiling its first Ask Yourself Why report. â€œBig cableâ€™s spending has also limited the tools that parents have to shield their children from inappropriate cable programs.â€ The National Cable & Telecommunications Association immediately disputed Common Causeâ€™s findings and allegations. â€œItâ€™s ridiculous,â€ NCTA spokesman Brian Dietz said.
* See the report "Ask Yourself Why... Cable rates Got So High"
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