The Senate might save cable, because Charter sure can’t

Charter Spectrum Senate bill

Cable TV has spent the last five years watching streaming video not-so-slowly nibble away at its cash cow, and the solution has mostly been to raise "programming fees" every year. Although the industry has enjoyed decades of heady profits and regional monopolies, streaming packages are becoming increasingly popular and cable isn't doing much to compete.

So in a way, cable companies should be embracing a Senate bill recently introduced by Massachusetts senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both Democrats, that would force Charter to carry some specific Boston affiliate channels, rather than the Albany versions. It's a relatively minor bill, but increased Congressional action to sort out the nightmare of out-of-market sports and TV blackouts would be a great thing, and one that could lower people's frustration with cable and make them less likely to defect.

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