Should Congress Regulate Streaming? No.
The rise of online streaming has benefited both consumers and the media marketplace. It enables individuals to access a greater diversity of content in flexible and affordable ways.
As Joe Kane argues in a pro/con essay for a CQ Researcher report on the future of streaming, the sector’s vibrancy is in part because it is not subject to the morass of FCC regulations that saddled the traditional cable industry during its infancy. The success of streaming is evidence that those regulations are not necessary; such success should not be a reason to expand the regulations’ reach.
- Joe Kane, “Pro/Con: Should Congress Regulate Streaming?” in The Future of Streaming, edited by Alan Greenblatt, CQ Researcher (CQ Press: 2023).