When something is freely available to the public a private company should not be able to charge you for its use. This is blatantly wrong. The cable television business is doing this by charging nearly $20.00 a month for the use of local television channels on their system.
The broadcast channels are a public good and should not be hijacked by the cable system, or any digital company. This should end now and the legislature has the power to do so. This matter is in the hands of the two respective Commerce Committees in the House Commerce Finance and Policy Chair Zack Stevenson (DFL-36A, Coon Rapids) and in the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Chair Gary Dahms, (R-16, Redwood Falls).