FCC Head Tells Sens. TV Exclusivity Rule Bad For Customers

Law360, Washington (November 24, 2015, 7:51 PM EST) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler defended his proposal to eliminate broadcast TV exclusivity rules, saying in letters to lawmakers posted online Tuesday that the rules exacerbate TV blackouts and distort the free market.

The FCC posted several letters from Wheeler to Congress on Tuesday, including his response to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that outlined why he thinks the exclusivity rules are a problem. The network non-duplication and syndication exclusivity rules on the chopping block prevent a cable company from showing out-of-market programming in a local broadcast market.

The rules come into play during negotiations between broadcasters and cable operators over...

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