The need for new requirements forcing vertically-integrated cable and satellite TV operators to share programming with competing operators will be part of a debate over sweeping telecommunications reform legislation, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told his colleagues Wednesday.

Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, told fellow Judiciary Committee members at a hearing on consolidation in the video programming business that measures to prevent harmful impact of TV industry mergers should be on the table as they gear up to debate a bill encompassing reform of telephone, TV, broadband and wireless industry rules.

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