Aereo asks users to contact Congress



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After its live-TV-on-the-Web service was deemed illegal by the US Supreme Court last week, Aereo pulled down its service on Saturday. Today, the company is urging consumers to contact Congress to “take action to protect your right to use the antenna of your choice.”

Congress has the ability to amend US copyright law to allow Aereo’s service, though this has been seen as unlikely due to the contentious nature of the issue and the schisms in Congress.

In a statement issued today, Aereo chief executive Chet Kanojia said to consumers: “I’m asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard.”

“Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation’s highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television,” he said.

The company is asking consumers to do this through its website, which launched in April prior to the Supreme Court hearing, and has now been updated to let users find and contact their representatives in Congress.

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Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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