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McCain Calls for Shake-Up of Cable, Satellite TV Systems

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 01:38 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Sen. John McCain wants to overhaul the nation's cable and satellite TV systems because consumers pay too much for channels they don't want or use.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, McCain said he was putting forward a new bill that would allow consumers to buy their channels individually just like an a la carte menu in a restaurant, reports Business Insider

"Cable services and satellites are becoming more and more expensive and Americans, particularly low-income and middle-income Americans, are still hurting badly," said the Arizona Republican.

"Because [cable companies] have monopolies, thanks to the federal government, they can force you to buy a package and included in that package are channels nobody watches," he said.

He made the point that most cable consumers are sold 130 channels but view only 18.

"Why should people on fixed income have to deal with a cost increase of 6 percent for cable?" he asked, when their incomes are only increasing by about 1 percent per year.

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