It’s David and Goliath death cage match in the nation’s highest court. Aereo is the upstart company which helps people cut the cord on local TV by delivering all of it over the Internet for $8/month. The big ISP’s have lost case after case trying to shut down Aereo and the little company that could just agreed to take them on in the nation’s highest court for all the marbles.
Aereo Formal Statement
Today marks a significant step in our fight to modernize television access and protect consumer rights. This afternoon, Aereo filed a brief in response to the broadcasters’ petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. We’ve decided not to oppose this cert petition.
While the law is clear and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and two different federal courts have ruled in favor of Aereo, broadcasters appear determined to keep litigating the same issues against Aereo in every jurisdiction that we enter. We want this resolved on the merits rather than through a wasteful war of attrition. Consumers have the right to use an antenna to access the over-the-air television. It is a right that should be protected and preserved and in fact, has been protected for generations by Congress. Eliminating a consumer’s right to take advantage of innovation with respect to antenna technology would disenfranchise millions of Americans in cities and rural towns across the country. We are unwavering in our belief that Aereo’s technology falls squarely within the law and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers. As I’ve said before, an Aereo win is a consumer win. This is an ongoing battle but together we can protect innovation, progress, and consumer choice. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty.