FCC Unlikely to Regulate Retransmission Consent Issues

May 13, 2010  •  Post A Comment

It’s unlikely the Federal Communications Commission will step in to regulate disputes over retransmission consent issues between cable operators and broadcasters, theLos Angeles Times’ Company Town blog reports.

Speaking at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s convention on Wednesday, top advisors said their superiors aren’t inclined to step in, the article said.

Cable and satellite companies have requested the FCC issue rules that would stop broadcasters from pulling channels during a carriage dispute. “We see this as a market situation,” said Sherrese Smith, a legal advisor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, while Rosemary Harold, legal advisor to Commissioner Robert McDowell, said broadcasters are not acting in "bad faith" by "asking for more money."

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