FCC Cements $9M Retrans Dispute Penalty Against Stations

Law360 (September 16, 2020, 6:55 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission has tossed an appeal from 18 broadcast television stations after the agency decided the stations violated good faith negotiation requirements when arranging retransmission deals with AT&T and proposed fines totaling more than $9 million against the stations.

In a Tuesday opinion and order, the FCC denied the TV stations' request to reconsider a decision that said they refused to negotiate, unreasonably delayed negotiations and failed to respond to AT&T's retransmission proposals in mid-2019. Because of these violations, the agency decided to fine each station the maximum $512,228, the first time the commission had levied fines for violation...

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