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Blackouts Show Need For Retransmission Reform, FCC Told

Law360, Washington (January 9, 2017, 8:53 PM EST) -- The American Television Alliance pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to consider again its rules guiding negotiations between pay-TV providers and broadcasters, saying widespread programming blackouts demonstrate that current rules aren’t protecting the public.

Broadcast stations across the country “went dark” on local providers as of New Year’s Day, and 10 million Americans couldn’t watch local stations, the group said, and many are continuing. The blackouts occurred from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Idaho and Seattle, which ATVA said shows that the FCC’s decision not to limit...
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