Cable Pushes for Centralized Retrans Election

According to a report in Multichannel, executives from Comcast, Charter and NCTA-The Internet & Television Association met with the Media Bureau Chief Michelle Carey and other FCC staffers last week to talk up their proposal for centralized retrans elections.

The agency, in one of its moves to ease regulatory paperwork, proposed to allow more electronic delivery of information, like subscriber notices and retrans/must carry elections, rather than the current certified mail requirement for retrans elections.

Broadcasters have asked the FCC to allow them to post retransmission consent elections in their individual online public files, which presumably means MVPDs would have to look for them there, creating a new burden at odds with the FCC deregulatory efforts.

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