Collins Concerned About “Orphan Counties” On TV Front

July 22, 2014

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins said he will pursue a legislative soultion to the issue of orphan counties when it comes to television media markets.

The 9th District has counties bordering another state that are in that state’s media market, not Georgia’s

Stephens County is one example, being in Georgia but considered in the Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina media market and receiving that market’s network stations on satellite televisions.

Congress is currently looking at amending provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010.

The Hall County Republican said that he feels consumers deserve choice and adds that a legislative solution is needed because the federal government is “at the point of protecting business models at the expense of constituents.”

Collins did not specify what his solution would be.

He went on to say that he has met with resistance from the industry on the issue.

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