[opendtv] Re: Cable Show: IP Enthusiasm, 3D Wonder, Regulatory Caution

At 4:26 PM -0500 5/14/10, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
Interesting. Genachowski's expressed view on broadcasters in the past has been that his kids don't know about them because they always watch cable. And he also doesn't mind having cable costs included as part of the monthly rent in apartment complexes. And he doesn't mind reducing the spectrum available to broadcasters, which in turn reduces the amount of programming they can ever hope to get on any local cable system. I would therefore conclude that retrans consent is in jeopardy.

Not from the FCC. It would require an Act of Congress to change this, as the terms are clearly defined in the 1992 Cable Act. The FCC does not have the authority to overturn this; at best they could make recommendations to Congress...

Regards
Craig


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