February 13, 2009
Gresham and Dennis sponsor Television Network Freedom
Provides choice for network television consumers
(NASHVILLE, TN), February 13, 2009 — State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and State Representative Vance Dennis (R-Savannah) announced today they are sponsoring a bill in the Tennessee General Assembly that will increase the choices available to network television viewers in Tennessee. The legislation, known as the “Tennessee Network Choice Act,” provides a tax credit for network broadcasters that grant the waivers required for viewers to receive network stations via satellite outside their local areas.
“This legislation will create a tax incentive for networks to allow people in Tennessee to receive network programming from other major cities or localities in the state,” said Rep. Dennis. “Many of our citizens want to continue to receive programming they previously enjoyed from Nashville, and this bill makes that opportunity much more likely.”
The legislative action comes after Nashville programming was dropped by cable television providers in some West Tennessee counties in December. Dennis and Gresham said they have talked to many local citizens who want to see that programming restored, an action that would require a waiver. Local networks have routinely denied these waivers in the past.
“We hope this proposed legislation will provide the kind of financial incentives needed to encourage local network broadcasters to grant a waiver,” added Senator Gresham. “I look forward to moving this legislation in the Senate in the near future.”