Stevens Urges Cable to Restructure Tiers

Mar 16, 2005  •  Post A Comment

To duck a legislative solution on indecency, it would behoove the cable TV industry to consider radically restructuring its tiers to give subscribers the ability to easily limit the edginess of the programming allowed into their homes.

That is a pitch that Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said he is making to the cable TV industry. “I do believe it’s time that cable really introduces a new system, and that is a tiered system,” Sen. Stevens said Wednesday during a Capitol Hill breakfast sponsored by The Hill newspaper.

The cable TV industry has traditionally argued that indecency regulation isn’t needed for cable because cable already provides subscribers with free technology to block offensive programming. But Sen. Stevens said consumers object to subsidizing programming they block. “I hope this will convince the industry to prepare tiers that are sort of increasingly graded in terms of the kind of material that many people find inappropriate for their children or their families,” he said.