Revamped FCC Carriage Rules Irk Cable Operators

Law360, New York (August 1, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules Monday intended to promote competition in the market for cable and satellite programming, drawing a dissent from one of its own members and criticism from cable and satellite operators.

The package of rules aim to streamline the complaint process that programming producers use to challenge cable and satellite operators that run afoul of federal program carriage regulations.

The regulations — which come from a 1992 law — prohibit operators from discriminating against independent programming vendors, requiring a financial stake...
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