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Published: Monday, May 27 2013 10:35 a.m. MDT

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While I'm not well informed about the legislation McCain touts, , i do agree that Americans are getting ripped off by the cable tv system. Additionally, Americans pay more for less compared to other countries when it comes to internet service. Attention to these issues are long overdue!

Farmington, UT

Hooray for John McCain and his effort!!

I am sick of paying for an expensive "package" with dozens of channels that I not only never watch but have zero interest in ever viewing. I have said for years that there needs to be a way to buy the exact channels you want and then not have to pay for the others. The response from those in the industry I have talked with say that would force many unpopular shows out of business because they are subsidized by the very populat channels. If they are not popular, then why shouldn't they be allowed to fail? Everyone knows that ESPN is a rousing success and likely will always be, so how about the local free channels, ESPN channels, history, weather, KBYU and maybe one more? Why do I need all the other stuff?????

The biggest rip is that you have to either sign a 2-year agreement or pay through the nose for a month-to-month service. Do you suppose whoever drew up their service contracts also did cellular phone service, too? It's time for changes that help consumers!!

American Fork, UT

A much more aggressive effort should be made to realign television delivery so that, rather than seeing the viewer as paying customer, the viewer should be considered a commodity the programming is delivering to the advertiser, who is then the paying customer. And the product could be delivered free of charge to the viewer, over the air. What remains of OTA tv, now that it's digital, is fantastic as far as the quality of picture and sound. We need to stop paying for what we used to get for free.

Salt Lake City, UT

Cable industry for years has collected taxes meant for developing better high speed Internet at lower costs. Cable companies like Comcast have collected billions with this tax and yet China, Japan, and France have higher sometimes 30x faster speed Internet for their consumers and at half the cost of the of a typical american consumer. Comcast is a rip off and it's time for the allow a free market in the cable industry. Time to break up the monopoly!

Out There in, WI

The inability to purchase only the channels I want and the increidibly poor value for the cost is exactly why I haven't subscribed to any cable service for over 15 years.


I thought Republicans were for small government and the free market? Why is this a Republican bill?

Omaha, NE

TV? Is that still around?

Apo, AE


I live in Germany and have a 100Mbps download/6Mbps upload speed. I pay roughly EUR40/month which works out to be about $65/mo. Mind you that European costs tend to be higher on everything than the US, which contrasts your point even more. Throw in local calling and international unlimited calling to 30 countries and my total bill is about $90/month. No way I can get that in the States.


I remember when it was presented as you-pay-so-no- commercials-needed. Ha!


Nobody's getting "ripped off." You have every opportunity to know exactly what you're purchasing, whether there's a chance for prices to change, and more. If you don't like the product, DON'T BUY IT. Companies will adjust and provide what the consumers want, or they'll go out of business and be replaced by companies that will.

Basic. Economics.

As is always the case when Big Mother sticks its filthy hands into the economy, you better get ready for higher prices and lower availability if this latest D.C. power-grab passes.


>I am sick of paying for an expensive "package"

There's an easy solution to your problem.

Don't. Buy. It.

Once again, common sense comes to the rescue.

Woods Cross, UT

Maudine: "I thought Republicans were for small government and the free market? Why is this a Republican bill?"

Because with big business the free market ends and government has periodically had to step in and defend freedom. Read up on the progressive era.

Merritt Island, Fl

If a Republican is pushing this, there is something in it for the cable companies.

When we started subscribing to cable we were told paying for the service would mean no more commercials. Was that a whopper. Now more and more independent channels are pay per view, not free. Mr. Congressman, please get back to work on the Nations business, stop the gridlock and drop this nonsense.

Durham, NC

"I thought Republicans were for small government and the free market? Why is this a Republican bill?"

Because you have confused rhetoric with reality. Republicans are funded the same way everyone else in Washington is. Now wanting to sound like the tin foil crowd, but honestly the Tea Party - with whom I don't subscribe to their rhetoric either - is one of the few actually semi independent non-corporate voices out there. But even the Tea Party became under undue influence of corporate entities.

Lets be real honest, unless you can deliver several million dollars for a campaign, your voice is mute. I hold out little hope John McCain will be successful in this - but I support his effort all the way. I pay for way to many channels I do not want, nor do I approve of. And I have no choice other than all or OTA broadcasting.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Strange to see a republican on the side of consumers against the business interests.

In this case I would like to sign up to be a McCain supporter.

Providence, UT

I salute John McCain for standing up for everyday Americans. There are plenty of things to complain about where our cable service providers are involved, the excessive fees for bundling just one of them--perhaps, though, the costliest for consumers. Not far behind are the equipment "rental" fees which don't end even when you've paid them long enough to own four of everything.
When McCain teamed up with Russ Feingold long ago over campaign finance reform, I thought he was a true friend of the American people--out after corrupting practices, money in politics in particular. The argument remains, but where has McCain gone on this and many other issues like health care costs, the safety of each of us with so many guns in wrong hands, mounting infrastructure needs while we underwrite more than 700 military installations, on land and at sea, around the world? And the list goes on because the campaign financing needs of those in or seeking office have risen above, in importance to politicians, what is really best for Americans. Talk about corrupting practices!

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I don't mind if I could save money taking out some of the 'sales" channels, toon channel, etc. IN fact I might delete ABC, NBC,and CBS too, and all the Hispanic channels.

Farmington, UT


"There's an easy solution to your problem.

Don't. Buy. It."

That assumes it is a free economy and the consumer has choices. Would you not want to buy gasoline or groceries and think the price will drop? It won't and they won't miss your business at all.

My son asked why Congress is meddling with this and I explained to him that when private industry develops a monopoly and takes undue advantage of consumers that the government usually steps in. Want to keep the government out of it? Then act reasonably and don't insist that you "bundle" a bunch of channels so you can jack the price through the roof. Another example: Remember when you switched cellular providers and you couldn't keep your phone number....until a federal law was passed? Why did it take legislation when the solution was so obvious? It's called unlimited greed and unnecessary hassle and the cable and satellite providers have created it big time so that is flourishes beyond imagination. Now they will have to comply with tighter standards because they couldn't see the forrest for the greenbacks. Too bad for them.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

McCain isn't a Republican. He is a big phony.

He is for government intervention whenever it will elevate and get attention for John McCain.

The longer they are in office (either party) the worse they get.

People ought to stop playing party politics and realize we are getting played by the career politicians on both sides. Any new people that go back there are "brought in line" or they are sidelined from having any influence.

Career politicians are literally responsible for 80% of societal problems. Bad corrupt policy by the bucketful.

McCain is a poster child for self-aggandizement. There are plenty more on both sides of the isle that are just like him.

People across the country need to get organized and eliminate ALL tenured D.C. policians in 2 election cycles.

We need new people who aren't yoked by all these corrupt "senior" senators and congressman sitting on all these committees.

End it or they will be the end of us.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT


In the school I went to, when we talked about the Supreme Court, it was said that the founding fathers idea for life time appointments would put the judges above the chaotic and distracting influence of reelection and improper influence of and make them more protective of the general public.

Our system of replacing our leaders every few years has got to be the most unproductive, inefficient and dumb way to run an organization. About the only good you could say about it is that it gives every body a chance to drive the bus. While I don’t want our government run like a business, no
business corporation would arbitrarily change out it’s management every few years.

I might even favor a system that had a career path of individuals in Government Administration, with schools and degrees in the education of representing the people. We might still have elections but we would elect our leaders based on education, experience and even longevity. With a career path that would take them all the way to the grave, we might actually have the kind of government we want.

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