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WASHINGTON — Americans are at a “tipping point” on their monthly pay-TV bill and should be given the option to purchase channels individually instead of as a big bundle with hundreds of channels, Sen. John McCain told a Senate panel Tuesday.

“I truly believe that a lot of Americans are fed up with their cable-TV bills,” said McCain, R-Ariz., speaking to a Senate commerce subcommittee exploring the status of the nation’s TV and video industries.

McCain was speaking to rally political support for the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, which he proposed last week.

It would give pay-TV providers an incentive to sell channels individually, or a la carte, instead of as bundles of hundreds of channels.