Despite the growing clamor over a Canadian company’s retransmissions of U.S. television programming over the Internet, both House lawmakers and copyright industry representatives warned Feb. 16 that a rush to regulate webcasting could stifle competition and anger consumers.

The comments came during a hearing of the House Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection on how to satisfy consumer demand for more online video programming while safeguarding intellectual property rights.