FCC: No New Rules on Retrans

Tom_Wheeler_FCC_300Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced via a blog post that the FCC will not be taking any new regulatory actions on retransmission consent as a result of its investigation into its good faith rules.

Specifically, Wheeler stated that the FCC “will not proceed at this time to adopt additional rules governing good faith negotiations for retransmission consent.” This effectively closes the existing retransmission consent proceeding and ensures that broadcasters and pay-TV companies continue to negotiate in the free market as they have for more than two decades. Chairman Wheeler said that the existing rules were adequate to ensure good faith negotiations.

The MAB feels this is a great victory for television broadcasters and the result of the broadcasters’ strong advocacy at the FCC and on the Capitol Hill.

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