I understand this. I'm actually not necessarily advocating for allowing the cable companies to carry local channels for free (although I would not oppose such a change in policy). My argument, in the vein of this conversation regarding retrans fees, has been that the requirement that locals be placed in the very basic tier, and that I must buy that tier if I buy any other video services should be removed. Let the broadcasters charge the cable companies as much as they want. But, let me opt out of buying local channels from the cable company and put up my own antenna. That is my argument here.