FCC Fines Houston Cable Co. $2M For Local Broadcast Use

Law360, New York (June 25, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday hit a Houston cable provider with a $2.25 million fine for retransmitting local broadcast channels without the consent of the stations.

TV Max Inc., which operates under the name Wavevision, violated the Communications Act by willfully continuing to rebroadcast signals from six local stations even after its retransmission consent agreements had expired, the commission said.

“The commission found TV Max’s violations to be very serious, warranting a substantial penalty, given the longstanding unauthorized carriage that continued even after the Bureau...
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