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Consumer Groups: Congress Should Slow Broadcast Flag Consideration

Consumer Groups: Congress Should Slow Broadcast Flag Consideration
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Three consumer groups, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Knowledge, advised Congress not use budget or appropriations legislation to give the FCC permission to impose content controls on digital television.
In a letter to chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the groups said: "We are concerned that Congress may choose to rush into law an authorization for the broadcast-flag scheme without fully considering both the
consumer impact of the scheme and the fact that the scheme will require giving the federal government an unprecedented degree of control over digital economy."
Although the letter was specific to digital television, some fear the issue has the potential to affect HD Radio, specifically regarding the record labels concerns over preventing theft of digital music content.

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