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Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce On Oversight of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act

Consumers Union has traditionally viewed the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act
(SHVIA) as an important, but small piece in the overall goal of promoting more competition to
cable monopolies. We had hoped that by putting satellite on equal footing with cable — paying
the same prices for the same programming — satellite would start creating downward pressure on
cable rates and promote improved quality programming, including digital and High Definition
Television.