DiMA Applauds Rep. Pallone's Remarks on Online Video
DiMA, ITIF CHEER PALLONE ON VIDEO REGULATIONS - The top Democrat on the House Energy & Commerce Committee earned quick praise for his statement that the FCC should "hit the pause button" on considerations to regulate online video. "Consumers of online video have greater choice than ever before," said Gregory Alan Barnes, general counsel at the Digital Media Association, whose members include Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and YouTube, in a statement. "The best news of all is this innovation has occurred free from government regulation."
Amazon said it remains concerned about "grafting a twentieth-century regulatory model onto modern digital media platforms," while the Information Technology & Innovation Fund agreed, saying the FCC's plans to regulate streaming services like traditional pay-TV providers is premature. "Video distribution is an incredibly dynamic area of the digital economy, and the FCC should continue to observe the online market before acting as this transition continues to develop," ITIF Policy Analyst Doug Brake said in a statement. In his speech Friday, Pallone suggested more regulations would not help consumers in the video marketplace.