Why? I guess you must assume the politicians have been completely bought and paid for by the networks and really don't care about the public at all. The whole purpose of OTA networks is to get TV broadcasts to the public at no cost, these networks are supposed to be supported by advertising only and not by subscriptions. If the politicians were doing their jobs of serving the public they would require OTA networks be retransmitted by cable & satellite and that it be for free. My take is if you want to be a subscription network get off the public air waives.